Monday, September 16, 2013

CLEL's Silver Bells!

Our good friends at the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) are gearing up for the inaugural year of their brand new Bell Picture Book Awards.  These awards will be given out yearly to honor five picture books from the previous year that provide excellent support of children's early literacy development around five key practices:

1) Read
2) Talk
3) Sing
4) Write
5) Play


Each winner will exemplify one of these five practices.  For example, the Sing picture book will provide parents and caregivers with great and enriching opportunities for singing with their children.  The awards will be announced on February 5, 2014.

In the meantime, CLEL has just announced 25 books that they consider their Silver Bells.  These are books from the past 25 years that they consider great representations of what the Bell Awards are aiming toward.

Check one out today and get ready to engage in an awesome early-literacy-building time with your little one!

Here they are:


Title: Backseat A-B-See
Author: Maria Van Lieshout
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Title: The Bear in the Book
Author: Kate Banks
Illustrator: Georg Hallensleben
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Title: Lola at the Library
Author: Anna McQuinn
Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
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Title: Maybe A Bear Ate It!
Author: Robie H. Harris
Illustrator: Michael Emberley
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Title: Wolf!
Author: Becky Bloom
Illustrator: Pascal Biet
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Title: Bark, George
Author: Jules Feiffer
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Title: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?
Author: Susan Shea
Illustrator: Tom Slaughter
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Title: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Author: Mo Willems
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Title: Say Hello!
Author: Rachel Isadora
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Title: Tell Me the Day Backwards
Author: Albert Lamb
Illustrator: David McPhail
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Title: Baby Dance
Author: Ann Taylor
Illustrator: Marjorie van Heerden
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Title: Jazz Baby
Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
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Title: The Neighborhood Mother Goose
Author: Nina Crews
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Title: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Author: Eric Litwin
Illustrator: James Dean
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Title: Tanka Tanka Skunk!
Author: Steve Webb
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Title: Andrew Drew and Drew
Author: Barney Saltzberg
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Title: A Beach Tail
Author: Karen Lynn Williams
Illustrator: Floyd Cooper
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Title: Bunny Cakes
Author: Rosemary Wells
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Title: A Splendid Friend, Indeed
Author: Suzanne Bloom
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Title: The Squiggle
Author: Carole Lexa Schaefer
Illustrator: Pierr Morgan
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Title: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building
Author: Christy Hale
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Title: Elizabeti's Doll
Author: Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Illustrator: Christy Hale
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Title: Meeow and the Big Box
Author: Sebastien Braun
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Title: Pete's a Pizza
Author: William Steig
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Title: Press Here
Author: Herve Tullet
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