We know you’re out there: parents, mentors, and teachers who strive every day to hook kids on the joys of reading and writing. Our compilation of literacy facts and figures – and our fun and engaging book lists – are here as resources for you.

Training Videos

Childcare providers from New Hampshire and Vermont are eligible to receive professional development credit by watching this video and completing this short form (permission pending).  Participants will receive a packet of literacy supplies from CLiF while supplies last.

Check out our video on tips for sharing books with kids and the importance of helping your kids develop strong early literacy skills.

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Literacy Activities

Literacy Activities

The schools and libraries CLiF works with are constantly looking for low- or no-cost literacy activities to inspire kids to read and write more. We collect activity ideas and share them with our partners.

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Why We Do It

Summer Reading Resources

Reading is the key to fighting summer learning loss – ‘summer slide’ – and keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year.

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Book Lists

CLiF maintains a database of books recommended by our advisory board and program staff. Our lists are designed to appeal to young readers of all ages, abilities, and interests.

Our book list is now publicly available, searchable, and contains ISBN codes and Lexile reading measures.

Or, scan below for reading level and interest group and click to find some of our top choices on our Pinterest boards.

We constantly update book lists with new titles, reissues of classics, award winners, popular books at CLiF giveaways, and books we find through initiatives like #weneeddiversebooks. If there’s a title you think we should add, let us know!

Award Winners

Every year national organizations and states recognize the best books published in various categories. Here are links to a few major awards, including New Hampshire and Vermont’s student choice awards.

  • Newbery Medal and Honor – Awarded by the American Library Association for excellence in children’s literature, traditionally middle-grade
  • National Book Award for Young People’s Literature – Awarded by the National Book Association for excellence in children’s literature, often middle-grade or young adult
  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards – Awarded by the American Library Association for excellence in writing, illustration, and new talent for African American authors and illustrators
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award – Vermont’s state award for excellence in literature, chosen by students. Traditionally middle-grade
  • Great Stone Face Award – New Hampshire’s state award for excellence in literature, chosen by students. Traditionally middle grade
  • Caldecott Medal and Honor – Awarded by the American Library Association for excellence in illustration
  • Red Clover Award – Vermont’s state award for picture books, chosen by students
  • Ladybug Award –  New Hampshire’s state award for picture books, chosen by students