Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy: A New Way to Interact with Picture Books!

It's National Picture Book Monthopens a new window, and we wanted to feature a wonderful resource for picture books!

All children deserve to experience both the joy of reading and the skills in life that literacy brings. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is passionately committed to strengthening children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy.

CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards

CLEL Bell Picture Book Awardsopens a new window is an annual recognition of five high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.

CLEL Bell Award Winners from 2016 - and Incredible Activities to Extend Learning Through Play!

The five winning books consist of one title in each of five categories selected from a shortlistopens a new window 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.

CLEL Silver Bells  - and Incredible Activities to Extend Learning Through Play!

The Silver Bells are 25 picture books from the last 25 years, still in print as of summer 2013, that the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee consider to be excellent representations of the Bell Awards Selection Criteria.

Five books have been selected in each of five categories: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. These categories represent practices that research shows support early literacy development in young children.

The Silver Bell lists are a one-time recognition of high-quality titles that will not be eligible for the Bell Awards going forward. The Silver Bells serve as a recommended list for libraries and families alike seeking strong titles for young children from birth to age 5, and provide activity ideas for each title suitable for library storytimes, for childcare and preschool settings, and for exploration at home.

The lists of Silver Bell titles in each category are linked below, with bibliographic information, annotations, and ideas for extending the books.

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