CLiF staff and presenters are saddened that COVID-19 means we can not visit schools, libraries, and out-of-school-time programs to complete our exciting grants. Instead, we offer your students the chance to interact live with our presenters from home. For five weeks starting May 5, each Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. EST, we will have an opportunity for kids and adults to hear stories and poems, ask CLiF presenters questions, and get tips on how to use this time at home to develop reading and writing skills.

We have created an overview for each presentation that includes links to virtual ways to enjoy the author’s work, related literacy activities from CLiF’s resource library, and questions to guide students in preparing to “meet” the author.

We kicked off our series with CLiF’s own Duncan McDougall sharing The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (with thanks to MacMillan/Roaring Brook Press). Watch his presentation below.

Here’s the upcoming schedule:

Tuesday, May 12, 3pm – Meet storyteller Simon Brooks (see CLiF’s overview on Simon here.) Watch Simon’s presentation here.
Tuesday, May 19, 3pm – Meet author Christy Mihaly (see CLiF’s overview of Christy with activities here.) Watch Christy’s presentation here.
Tuesday May 26, 3pm – Meet author/illustrator Farmer John Churchman (see CLiF’s overview here.) Watch Farmer John and Farmer Jen here.
Tuesday, June 2, 3pm – Meet poet Matt Forrest Esenwine (see CLiF’s overview here.) Watch Matt’s presentation here.

We appreciate this cross-section of our amazing CLiF presenters – storyteller, nonfiction, author/illustrator, poet – living, working, and finding inspiration in their Vermont and New Hampshire homes.

Even if you can not join us live, we encourage your students to submit questions through the blog, social media, or emailing We will post the recorded session each week. We do ask that you register for each event, so we can protect the privacy of attendees by sending Zoom information and passwords.

We look forward to sharing our love of reading and writing with you in this new format.

5 responses to “CLiF’s Virtual Storytelling Series

  1. This is so awesome and it’s going to make a lot of children (and parents) happy. Is there a way to see it at 7pm? I read a bedtime story each night to my 4 grandchildren via facetime and I’m sure they’d enjoy a different reader tonight.
    Thank you so much for ALL you do. I feel a sense of pride and thankfulness every time i see publicity about CLiF.

  2. I liked this story because the boy had a dream and he believed in himself. His dream was able to come true. I loved how the pages folded out and the beautiful pictures/illustrations.

  3. We are not allowed to use Zoom with our students, therefore they may not watch live unless their parents allow them to. Would it be acceptable to post the links to your presentations on my websites so that students may enjoy the read-alouds?

    1. Yes, feel free to share these videos on your website, e-newsletters, or social media! Check our site for the latest presentations.

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