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Advocacy is Easier Than You Think!

The idea of advocacy can seem big, scary, or overwhelming. Sometimes we might feel like we don’t even know where to begin. However, as a children’s and youth services provider, chances are you are already participating in several forms of advocacy for Early Literacy, and you may not even know it.

Welcome Back to the Advocacy Blog

Welcome back to our Advocacy blog!  It’s been a couple of years since our last submission, and it’s time to revive discussion of Early Literacy in our daily lives.  The Advocacy Committee will produce blog posts twice a month for the purposes of increasing knowledge and awareness of the mission of Early Literacy and CLEL.  We would like to invite you to follow our blog and put into practice some of our tips and suggestions.

Play and Health go Hand in Hand

CLEL Bell Awards 2014 Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2014 CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy were announced today, Friday, December 20, 2013.

Twenty five books, five each in the categories Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play, were chosen by the 2014 Selection Committee from eligible titles on the nominations lists.


Call for CLEL Steering Committee Members

We are looking for enthusiastic CLEL members who are interested in becoming Steering Committee members. Steering Committee members have had a chance to spread their wings, add to professional networks, and take on new challenges in their library careers, while making a positive difference in early literacy efforts across Colorado. CLEL has many more ideas for the future-and you could be one of the people to put those plans in action!

Here are the details:

CLEL Conference Preview

As you probably already know our annual conference is this Friday, September 13 in Englewood, CO. Friday the 13th has an infamous reputation but we hope to change that with this year's fantastic programs!

Each year the CLEL annual meeting has continued to grow and this year is no exception, branching from beyond a one room meeting into a multi-room and multi-workshop annual conference. We hope you are excited about these changes as we are.

Silver Bell Titles for PLAY

Playing encourages children to use their growing vocabularies to think about their world, to experiment with how stories work, and to understand relationships. The books on this list model and reflect play in a variety of ways: games between parents and children, interactions with a book itself, and open-ended exploration of toys or found materials.

Silver Bell Titles for WRITE

Writing skills develop in tandem with reading skills and help children build on the key insight that print has meaning. These titles present a variety of ways young children experiment with intentional mark-making: drawing pictures, interpreting their own marks, and using different types of print, such as lists and notes.

Silver Bell Titles for SING

Singing supports children's oral language development of language structures, vocabulary, and phonological awareness. Some of the titles on this list show families and characters who incorporate singing and music into their daily routines, while others foster the exploration of rhyme, alliteration, and syllable concepts.

Silver Bell Titles for READ

Reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building all early literacy skills and preparing children to read on their own. This collection of books demonstrates great shared reading practices, shows that books can affect lives profoundly, and allows children to practice age-appropriate pre-reading behaviors themselves.

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