New Picture Book Award To Support Early Literacy

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Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (http://www.clel.org) an advisory group to the Colorado State Library, announced the inaugural year of the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards, a new children's literature award created to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.

The first CLEL Bell Awards will be announced February 5, 2014, one title in each of five categories representing an early literacy practice: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. Research has shown that engaging children in these practices builds language skills and prepares children to become successful readers.

Suggestions for consideration for the 2014 awards are accepted through November 15, 2013 at the CLEL website (http://www.clel.org/content/bell-awards-2014-nom-form). Winning titles will demonstrate content or theme related to one of the early literacy practices, and encourage interaction between adults and children. The five award winners will be released with support materials that describe how each title supports early literacy development, and with suggestions for ways parents, caregivers, and librarians can extend the reading experience with children, through shared activities appropriate for home, childcare settings, and library storytime.

Fostering community discussion about the nominated titles is one of the goals of the Bell Awards, and conversation will be encouraged via regular posts on the CLEL blog (http://www.clel.org/blog) and through social media.

For more information, visit the CLEL Bell Awards webpages (http://www.clel.org/content/bell awards) or contact the Selection Committee at clelbellawards@gmail.com.

About CLEL: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is an advisory group to the Colorado State Library, created in 2008. CLEL members work to strengthen children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy.