Yesterday, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announced the winners of the first annual Bell Awards - an award that honors "five high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children." One book in each of the categories of READ, TALK, SING, WRITE and PLAY is chosen from hundreds of books published in 2013. The 5 categories have been identified as best practices to support early literacy learning in young children.
Each of these books is great for sharing with your young child, and lend themselves perfectly to extension activities that lead to even more fun and learning. The CLEL Bell website  has activity sheets for each book that offer wonderful extension ideas!
The winners  are:
Open This Little Book  by Jesse Klausmeier; illustrated by Suzy Lee
Moo!  by David LaRochelle; illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (coming soon to JCPL!)
Nighty-night, Cooper  by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
The Things I Can Do  by Jeff Mack
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Check 'em out today!