2016 CLEL Bell Award Winners Announced

CLEL Bell Award logoColorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announced the winners of their annual CLEL Bell Picture Books Awards for Early Literacy on February 5, 2016. From their website:

“The five winning books consist of one title in each of five categories selected from a shortlist of 25 titles. Each category represents an early literacy practice: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. The books, in their content, theme, or design, support caregivers’ interaction with their children through these five early literacy practices. Research has shown that engaging children in these practices builds language skills and prepares children to become successful readers.”

The winners for each category are:

  • READ: Sloth Slept On, by Frann Preston-Gannon
  • WRITE: Inside This Book: (are three books), by Barney Saltzberg
  • TALK: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog! by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt
  • SING: Hiccupotamus, by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Ada Grey
  • PLAY: Tickle Monster, by Édouard Manceau

Visit the CLEL website to print activity sheets for each title and to see past winners.

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