Reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing are all easy activities you can do with your children to help get them ready to read and ready for school. You're probably already doing these things, but if you need some new inspiration or are looking for a great picture book, look no further.
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has a new children's book award that recognizes wonderful picture books that support early literacy. Every year on February 5th the selection committee will announce one winner for each category; read, write, sing, talk, play. This year, to get everyone excited about the new award, the committee chose to honor 25 excellent books from the past 25 years that embody the spirit of the award. The 25 Silver Bell honor books were announced last Friday. Check out one or all of them to share with your little one:
Backseat A-B-See by Maria Van Leeshout
Wolf! by Becky Bloom
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks
Maybe a Bear Ate it! by Robie Harris
Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Tanka Tanka Skunk!: Rhythm and Rhyme by Steve Webb
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow by Susan Shea
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Pete's a Pizza by William Steig
Meeow and the Big Box by Sebastien Braun
Elizabeti's Doll by S. A. Bodeen
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg
The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
If you'd like to nominate a book for the 2014 award, visit CLEL for the nomination form and for more information on the award process and criteria. While you're there, you can participate in the CLEL blog.
Happy reading, talking, writing, singing, and playing!
...and Spanish versions of Press Here, Meeow and the Big Box, and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus are available from the library.
So excited to see Lola on the list - thank you for mentioning the awards.