The Value of High-Quality Books

Books, media, and materials in a classroom have an immediate and lasting impact on children. Books that are accurate, affirming, and inclusive help children feel a sense of belonging, build criticality and intellect, experience joy, increase engagement, and help to build an appreciation for reading. Learn more about the value of high-quality books and how we use these resources to …

MLK Book List

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day), we put together a small collection of books that highlight Dr. King’s life and the movement he inspired. Dr. King’s legacy continues to live on, from the impactful Civil Rights Movement to the present-day activism we see in communities across the country. Join us on this national day of service …

Holiday Greeting

On behalf of the 104,419 children who are learning to read with the help of supporters like you, we wish you a very happy holiday, filled with joy, laughter, and a love of learning.

COVID-19 & the Changing Education Landscape

In March 2020, when COVID-19 struck and physical classrooms closed, CLI district partners scrambled to provide distance-learning solutions for students. Having previously made initial investments in online learning for teachers, CLI quickly pivoted its 30+ years of experience to give students, teachers and districts the support they needed as quickly as possible.

Transforming Learning During A Crisis

In the predominantly Black and Brown communities served by CLI, families were hit disproportionately hard not only by COVID-19 health issues, but also by job losses and housing and food insecurity.

Supporting Virtual Learning

After schools moved entirely to distance learning in March, CLI hosted more than 42,000 hours of virtual coaching to support educators, provided 1,300 literacy lesson plans, and created 350 read aloud and lesson videos to help students stay on track.

Supporting Children After the Election

The outcome of the presidential election will spark emotions, reactions, and opinions in our home and school communities. It may also spark violence and protests in and against the communities we serve.

The Read – October 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.

Better Breakfast Day

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” This age-old saying holds a lot of merit. Did you know that children who eat breakfast have a higher chance of performing better in school? In honor of Better Breakfast Day—and with schools operating around the country—we wanted to highlight the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interactive map. Enjoy these delicious titles …

Back-to-School Reading List

Whether you’re looking to calm your class’s first day jitters, help build a strong classroom culture, or celebrate the act of reading, all of the excellent picture books below are perfect for reading aloud.