HINSDALE, N.H. — Students at Hinsdale Elementary School got a special treat on Friday, Sept. 6, when Duncan McDougall, executive director of The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) arrived with thousands of books for the school's Year of the Book kickoff celebration. The school was one of five statewide winners of a competitive grant valued at $25,000 worth of new books for students, author visits, writing workshops, books for classroom libraries, and new books for the school and town libraries.
Kindergarten through fifth grade classes attended read-aloud sessions with McDougall, who brought books to life with drama and humor while supporting the children as readers who truly valued and engaged with the books. The children enthusiastically interacted with the presentations and picked out a book of their own from the hundreds that were on display. This year's CLiF grant boosts the school's efforts to have students develop an early love of books, experience a broad range of literature, and develop as strong readers and writers.
One fifth grader expressed it best: "It shouldn't just be the Year of the Book, but Life with a Book!" The kickoff event was sponsored by the Helen G. Hauben Foundation.