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Giving Thanks

This week, we give thanks for the things that make us grateful, and that’s you! All of us at CLiF appreciate the support our friends give us, which allows us to give thousands of low-income, at-risk, and rural kids each year memorable literacy programming and new books! The kids we serve appreciate your support, too. … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles / CLiF Spotlight

Chris Tebbetts, Author

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Chris Tebbetts of Hinesburg, VT. His books include co-authoring the Stranded, Middle School, and Viking series, and author of two YA books. CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about his books and interests. Watch his presentation here. Things to think … Continued

Research / Literacy Activities / General / Education

New Ideas for November

As we settle in for the long haul of winter, CLiF offers some inspiration for easy, low-budget programming and guidance for connecting during these challenging times. Don’t forget to join us for our Virtual Author Series – all of the recorded presentations are available here for free! The image above was taken when Jason Chin … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles / Education

J.L. McCreedy, Middle Grade Author

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to J.L. McCreedy of Gorham, NH. She is the author of the Liberty Frye series and The Orphan of Torundi, fantasy books for middle grade readers. CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about her books and interests. See her presentation here. Things … Continued

Literacy Activities / General

Reading Games You Can Make in Just 15 Minutes

If you’ve ever had to Google “how can I write my essay,” you’d agree that learning the essential aspects of language (writing and reading) can be exhausting. For children, it can be a long, boring journey that they don’t want to be a part of. It’s not even any less exhausting for parents and teachers. … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles / CLiF Spotlight

Rebecca Rupp, Author/Scientist

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Rebeccca Rupp of Swanton, VT. She is the author of some 200 articles for national magazines, on topics ranging from the natural history of squirrels to the archaeology of privies, and nearly 20 books for both children and adults. She blogs on food science and history for National … Continued

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CLiF’s Book Club for Grown-Ups: Poet Rajnii Eddins

CLiF’s virtual Book Club for Grown-ups series continues! In Book Club, CLiF’s award-winning presenters share their work and answer your questions. You can find the full October discussion with author Sarah Stewart Taylor of The Mountains Wild here (skip the first 10 mins, which is just chatting and set-up). In November, we’ll be talking poetry … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles / Education

Sarah Dillard, Author/Illustrator

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Sarah Dillard of Fayston, VT. Sarah writes and illustrates picture books, graphic novels for new readers and early chapter books. See Sarah’s presentation here. Things to think about: Many of Sarah’s books celebrate the seasons and natural world. What other themes ties her books together? Where do … Continued

General / Book Recommendations

The Best New Diverse Books for Kids & Teens

While 2020 seems to be intensely engaged in an active round of “Up Your Game,” there is some relatively good news coming out of the book publishing industry (Cue the bullhorns! Good news!). Namely, gatekeepers at publishing houses and those who are writing book reviews are starting to step aside and give voice to those … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles / CLiF Spotlight / Education

Jason Chin, Author/Illustrator

CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Jason Chin of South Burlington, VT. Jason writes and illustrates books about science and nature. He does two things in his books: he tells a story, and he teaches about science and nature. Learn more about how he does it! Watch Jason’s presentation here. Things to think … Continued

General / Presenter Profiles / CLiF Spotlight

CLiF’s Fall Storytelling Series

CLiF’s Wednesday afternoon storytelling series is back! Join CLiF and one of our professional presenters Wednesdays at 1 p.m. EST from October 14 to November 18; register here. Watch the spring and summer presentations here. CLiF started these weekly sessions to: offer kids and parents a chance to take a break and share a story, … Continued

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CLiF’s Book Club for Grown-ups: The Mountains Wild

Since April, we’ve been offering a weekly virtual storytelling series for kids, featuring CLiF’s amazing storytellers, authors, and illustrators. Now, we’ll be offering a virtual book club for grown-ups, too! Many of the 68 Vermont and New Hampshire authors/storytellers we work with also write for adults. This will be an opportunity to dig into the … Continued

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Read Widely: Diversifying the Books Our Kids Read

Many of the books available to children and teens don’t reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of today’s world. According to a 2018 study, 50% of characters in children’s books were white, only 10% were Black, 5% were Latinx, and only 1% were Native American. 27% featured main characters that were animals, significantly more than … Continued

General / Book Recommendations

What Books Are Flying Off the CLiF Shelves?

At any given time, the CLiF library is filled with thousands of beautiful new books waiting to find eager young readers. We give away high-quality books for every reader’s level and interests. We do our best to offer a wide variety of diverse titles, both classics and new books and series. Here are some of … Continued

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What Are You Reading This Summer?

It should come as no surprise that the CLiF staff loves to read! After all, our mission is to share that love with all kids in New Hampshire and Vermont. And there’s no better time to read than summer, especially as so many social events and programs are either cancelled or online, giving us more … Continued

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