12-Year-Old Poet Shares Love of Literacy Through Fundraising Campaign

One of the greatest gifts literacy provides children is the ability to experience and explore new worlds, cultures, and ideas – all within the pages of a book. Matilda Bray, a 12-year-old student at Sol Feinstone Elementary in Newtown, Pa., knows this firsthand. “You can be whoever you want to in writing,” Matilda told Children’s Literacy Initiative. After a school …

CLI Among Top i3 Evaluations

Children’s Literacy Initiative is proud to announce that a new report from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) includes CLI among projects that have positive impacts on teacher practice and student outcomes. The report confirmed that CLI’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Validation intervention met the short-term and long-term goals of i3, including conducting a strong evaluation that produced high-quality data …

Summer Reading List: Chapter Books Edition

This summer is the perfect time of year to nurture the love of reading with books from our Summer Reading List. We’ve hand selected these incredible titles filled with adventure, mystery, and intrigued to keep your child reading all summer! Chapter Books Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin Who is Baby Monkey? He is a baby. …

CLI Book Talk: Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years

Our latest Book Talk introduces young readers to the planet earth in a way that Is a lot of fun! Earth, My First 4.54 Billion Years, is a great way to introduce children to non-fiction text features through a humorous storyline, and colorful, engaging pictures. The book takes us through Earth’s journey from birth to the present day and leaves …

Phillips66 donates to CLI for their work in Elizabeth NJ

Children’s Literacy Initiative & Phillips 66 Help Elizabeth Preschoolers Learn to Read

ELIZABETH, N.J. MARCH 12, 2018 The national non-profit organization Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) and Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, in Linden, N.J., are helping local four-year-olds learn to read by bringing high-quality early literacy instruction and rich children’s book collections to eight Elizabeth Public Schools’ prekindergarten (Pre-K) classrooms. Advised by Bayway Refinery managers, Phillips 66 recently donated $35,000 to deliver CLI’s …

Books We’re Excited About!

Each year when the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are announced, I see a glimpse of CLI’s future. Though a book does not have to win an award to be chosen for a CLI collection, we do love to include winners and honor books that will inspire children and teachers with their beautiful writing and illustrations, their diversity, and …

Bringing Literacy Home

A literacy rich home not only shows children the value of reading writing it also encourages them to do it themselves. With kids frequently indoors during this time of year, why not take this opportunity to create a Literacy rich home. Here are four tips to help make your home literacy rich. Honor books Children should feel that having a …

Reading about Reading

As a children’s book nerd, a writer, and a former teacher, I feel a special fondness for books about writing, reading, and books. And I know I am not alone! For years, teachers have been using books like Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco, Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin, and Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack to …

Holiday Book Collection

We believe high-quality books are an integral part of early literacy education. Offering children a balance of fiction and nonfiction reading experiences can provide not only gorgeous illustrations and compelling text, but also an opportunity to learn!  With the holidays around the corner,  winter break offers a great opportunity to spend extra time with your kids reading amazing books. Whether you …

Are You a Writer?

I recently visited a second grade classroom to sit in on their Writing Workshop.  After the mini-lesson, the children settled into their writing spots and I took the opportunity to hone my conferring skills.  I found Crystal nestled on a giant pillow in the library area. I sat down and introduced myself and asked what she was working on.  She …