Helping Readers Build Stamina

What do the following people have in common: a runner completing a marathon, a long-distance swimmer crossing the English Channel, and a second grader reading for 20 minutes? Stamina, that’s what! Just as athletes train each and every day to go farther, be stronger, and reach their athletic goals, children need to train in their own way to reach their literacy goals. Building …

Top 5 Ways to Inspire Young Writers

If your child is a reluctant writer, it can be hard to know where to start. The good news is that all children have creative imaginations and often just need a little encouragement to put their ideas on paper.

3 Great Tips for Story Time

Toddlers love to hear their parents read out loud. Storytime combines some of your child’s favorite things: snuggling, interesting illustrations, & your voice. To get the most out of story time with your little one, try implementing the “Three T’s”: talk, track, and turn.

2020 Spring Book Collection

We know this is a crazy time. With schools moving rapidly to remote learning, Children’s Literacy Initiative is doing its best to provide as many resources for parents, teachers, and children as possible. Check out our Spring Book Collection to build your home library!

African-American History Month Book List

Join CLI in celebrating African American History Month with inspiring, honest nonfiction picture book read alouds.  Then check out our selection of fiction titles to see some of our favorite African American characters in children’s literature. 

CLI Welcomes a New National Board Member

Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to improve early literacy outcomes, recently announced the addition of Frank L. Gettridge—a lifelong advocate for, and leader of, initiatives that advance education, policy and racial equity—to its Board of Directors.

The Read – Winter 2020

CLI’s quarterly e-newsletter provides updates on CLI’s work with students and educators, inspiring stories from Literacy Champions in the communities they serve, and book recommendations to promote early literacy in school and at home.

2020 Youth Media Awards Honor Diverse Picture Books

Among the winners and honorees of this year’s Youth Media Awards are a number of outstanding picture books featuring diverse children and communities.  Touching on gratitude and generosity, immigration and identity, friendship and family, here are some of my favorites.