News Flash! New Picture Book Award In Colorado

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!

Written by Rachel on September 23, 2013


Rachel on September 23, 2013


...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.

Anna McQuinn on October 7, 2013


So excited to see Lola on the list - thank you for mentioning the awards.


I love all the Lola stories. Congratulations on being a CLEL Silver Bell Honor recipient!

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