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Announcing the Winners of CLiF’s Kids’ Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month and we’re kicking it off by celebrating the talented young poets who bravely submitted their work to our Kids’ Poetry Contest. We were so impressed with the dozens of submissions we received and are proud to share these students’ work (with their permission)*. Winners and runners up were selected in … Continued

Writing

CLiF Kids’ Poetry Contest!

National Poetry Month is coming up in April, but you don’t have to wait until then to get your poetic juices flowing! Poetry has lots of benefits for readers and writers of all ages, including building vocabulary, language, and imagination. It’s also fun! The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is hosting a Kids’ Poetry Contest. Children … Continued

Presenter Profiles

Q & A with Rajnii Eddins

CLiF is proud to work with 64 talented authors, illustrators, poets, graphic novelists, and storytellers from every corner of Vermont and New Hampshire to inspire low-income, at-risk, and rural kids to love reading and writing. We send our amazing presenters to schools, libraries, after school programs, childcare centers, summer camps, affordable housing developments, and other … Continued

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April is Poetry Month: Time to Rhyme (Not Really)

I have noticed that if you go into any bookstores that sell children’s books, the poetry section is quite thin. In some stores, children’s poetry books occupy one shelf. You will usually find something by Robert Louis Stevenson (commonly in an anthology) or something by Shel Silverstein. And there is an occasional book by other … Continued

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The Power of Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry in all its forms. Many schools and programs take advantage of this month to launch poetry units and special events. Towns such as Montpelier, VT celebrate with Poem City, a city-wide initiative that posts poetry all over public spaces and celebrates poets with readings and … Continued

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Reading for the Fun of It

The old adage goes “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” The same is true of reading and writing. Give a child a book and they might be entertained for a few hours, especially if that child had the chance … Continued

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April 11 Friday Links Library

Could it be? Is that… sun? Are those… green sprouts coming out of the ground? Here are a few notable stories we saw over the past several sunny, springy days: Charlotte Albright of Vermont Public Radio visited Lowell, VT to talk with CLiF Year of the Book students and Natalie Kinsey-Warnock about their Story Keepers … Continued

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General / CLiF Spotlight

Put a Poem in Your Pocket!

Photo credit: http://www.blog.thehoya.com/i-got-a-pocket-got-a-pocket-full-of-poems/ That’s right. Find your favorite poem (even one you wrote), scribble it on a piece of paper, and put it in your pocket when you get dressed tomorrow morning. Thursday, April 18 is national Poem in Your Pocket Day, and we’d love for you to join us as we celebrate here at the … Continued

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Queen City Ghostwalk

Queen City Ghostwalk, the Burlington company that has, for over a decade, provided haunted history tours to locals and visitors, has found a delightfully creepy way to celebrate National Poetry Month. On Thursday, April 18th, they will present Fright by Candelight, an evening of dark poetry to benefit CLiF! The program will take include readings from well-known … Continued

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