Announcing the CLEL Silver Bells!
A little more than a week ago, I had the pleasure of attending an event where Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy announced the titles of 25 picture books from the last 25 years that stand as high-quality examples of books that support early literacy learning in young children. The selection was based on the criteria that will be used to select the first-ever CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards later this year. 5 titles were chosen in each of 5 categories: READ, WRITE, SING, TALK and PLAY, which are all activities parents are encouraged to engage in with their children in order to build early literacy skills. When the CLEL Bell Award winners for 2013 are announced, in February of 2014, there will be 5 winners - one in each category.
The selection committee also created an activity sheet to accompany each title, which includes information about the book and how it supports early literacy learning as well as offering suggestions for activities parents and children can do after reading the book to extend learning. To check them out, and learn why each book was selected, click on the category link below! Click on a title to request the book from JCPL!
I'm personally familiar with all of these books and have shared many of them with preschool classes. They are truly wonderful and you and your children will enjoy each of them - even more so if you try out some of the extension activities created by CLEL!
Backseat A, B, See by Maria Van Lieshout
The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn (also available in Spanish: Lola en la biblioteca)
Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robie Harris
Wolf! by Becky Bloom
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb
Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams
Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale
Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Pete's a Pizza by William Steig