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 …

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 …

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 …

When Books Change Lives

Ingrid is a proud 2nd grader who loves to read. When asked to name her favorite book, she will tell you that she has many, but her most favorite book right now is The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The Dot, part of the Children’s Literacy Initiative Spanish language book collection, is about a little girl who doesn’t believe that …

Parent, Teacher Relationship

Develop a Great Relationship with Teachers by Asking These Questions

As a new school year begins, it’s necessary to develop a strong partnership with your child’s teacher. Start by asking your child’s new teacher about schedules, routines, and policies; learning and culture in the classroom; and communication and support. The following questions will help lay the groundwork for the year ahead: What daily and weekly schedule will my child be …

Tips for Reading with your Child

3 Great Tips for Story-time with Your Toddler

Toddlers love to hear their parents read out loud. Story time combines some of your child’s favorite things: snuggling, interesting illustrations, and your voice. At this age, story time can be more interactive. Your toddler can repeat favorite phrases, request multiple readings of a favorite book, and point to colors, animals, and objects as you read their names aloud. To …