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Friday Funday! Uncovered Cover Art

Have you ever wanted to re-do a kids' book cover? Have you ever looked at an old, but well-loved title, and thought "wow, I'm sure I could get more kids to read this if they just updated the cover!"? Well, Uncovered Cover Art allows artists to do just that. Artists submit their re-imagined covers of well-known children's books and not only do we get to enjoy them, but the artists might have their art seen by a publishing house!

Occupy The Classroom: The Case for Early Childhood Education

In light of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has taken over the country, many pundits are weighing in on how to solve the problem of economic inequality. In this Op-Ed piece from the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof makes a case for his solution: "...the single step that would do the most to reduce inequality has nothing to do with finance at all.

Mesa County Libraries Pilot Book Crates for Preschool Classrooms

Post by Lisa C.

Announcing the CLEL 12!

Earlier this month at the Annual Meeting, CLEL launched a new project. It’s called the CLEL 12 and it was inspired by the Learning 2.0 Project “23 Things.” Designed in response to member feedback, the CLEL 12 is a set of early-literacy related activities you are invited to complete over the twelve months. The actions were developed as basic building blocks, to help you strengthen your role as an early-literacy advocate, increase your participation in the early literacy community, further your own professional development and education, and expand your knowledge of the CLEL organization.

Friday Funday (This Is Cool!): The Developmental Alphabet

Post by Lisa C.

This is a fun video on that animates each letter of the alphabet with unexpected words and excitement.  It's called the "developmental" alphabet: The B is made of a biscuit, and H is for Homer, as in Homer Simpson.  S and W are particularly cool! The whole video is very cute and entertaining.  I watched it several times because I couldn’t get enough.


Marisco Institute for Early Learning and Literacy Presents: "Promoting Literacy from Birth to Five" with Dr. Nell Duke, Ph.D.

The Marisco Institute is again presenting a lecture of interest to anyone working with young children to develop early literacy skills. From their flyer:

Advocacy Tip for October: Encourage Parents to Read to Children in Any Language!

Note: CLEL will be posting a new Advocacy Tip every month. To see all the tips, click on the "Advocacy Tip" tag above.

Colorado State Library Presents Youth Services Workshops

Register NOW for one of six Youth Services Workshops being held around the state. The day-long training includes a morning dedicated to learning about the statewide summer reading program, presented by Kathy Barco, and an afternoon session about early literacy fun in the library for babies and new parents, presented by a CLEL member. The workshops will be held in the towns of Rifle, Eagle, Pueblo, Englewood, Boulder, and Dolores between October 20 and November 10.

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