Yahoo! Announcing the First CLEL Bell Awards!

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Ta-dah! Over a year of reading and discussing culminates today in the announcement of the first CLEL Bell Awards! Can’t wait to see which titles won?

Head over to the CLEL website to find out!

This new picture book award was created to celebrate and promote picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. It’s been a privilege to dream, plan, and work with the incredible members of the selection committee, and I can’t thank them enough for their passion and commitment.

I also want to thank YOU for reading all my posts about the Bells this year and for following the news, spreading the word, getting to know these books, sharing them out, or for any other kind of support, big or little, you’ve engaged in this year with us. If you use the 2014 Bell books in trainings, displays, blog posts, storytimes, or in any other way, please take a minute to let me know. I’d be thrilled to hear from you!

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4 Responses to Yahoo! Announcing the First CLEL Bell Awards!

  1. KathyK says:

    Congratulations. This is a great day. This award/book list is both new and valuable. Thanks to all who have made it happen.

  2. Melissa says:

    Kathy, thank you so much. It has been such a trip and we are so happy to be able to contribute in this way to the early literacy world!

  3. Lauren says:

    Hooray! And congrats!

    Moo! Was a big hit at my toddler story time, and a great opportunity to point out that all those Oooooooooos represented the sound we were making. So like many good books, it serves multiple practices: both Talk and Read.

  4. Melissa says:

    Excellent point, Lauren! That’s why the activity sheets have activities not just based on the practice the book won for, but for several different other practices too. Yay!

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