“A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket.”

Thank you to the late author and illustrator Lois Ehlert for her colorful books that remind us spring is coming.

To everyone working hard on behalf of our kids: thank you. Thank you for all that you do, despite and because of another year of flexible planning and expectations. Your work is essential and appreciated.

Unraveling the pandemic’s impacts has only just begun, so here is a preliminary look at current research about our world, and how literacy and the empathy imparted by stories can be used as tools to help us manage.

Research shows children are behind in reading, particularly in under-resourced communities, and are reading less and spending more time on social media. What can we do?

There is a lot of scary and divisive news in our world. What can we do?

How will you incorporate the summer reading theme Ocean of Possibilities? CLiF has open grants to support year-end, summer, and 2022-2023 school year activities, including grants to offer books, author visits, family engagement activities, and general literacy fun.






  • Book Baskets – Put students’ interests front and center when you design classroom book baskets. These topic-based baskets help students build knowledge and vocabulary and scaffold students into more complex texts as they dig into topics that fascinate them. Create your own book baskets and get tips from educators who have used them on our blog here and here.
  • Use cool photos of owls as writing prompts or inspiration
  • Readers’ Theater – In this performance-based fluency activity, students work with the same text all week, focusing on a different component of fluency each day–then they perform at the end of the week! Borrow ideas from educator Lorraine Griffith’s routine and list of free readers’ theater scripts and resources. Find additional guidance, lesson plans, scripts, and videos of readers’ theater in action, at Reading Rockets.
  • How to make a zine

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