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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.

Pets Storytime Books

My Pup by Margaret O'Hair

Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin

Yip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge

What Pet to Get by Emma Dodd

Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid

Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


Announcing the Silver Bells!

The Silver Bells are 25 picture books from the last 25 years, still in print as of summer 2013, that the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee consider to be excellent representations of the Bell Awards Selection Criteria.

CLEL Bell Award Nomination: Count the Monkeys by Mack Barnett and Kevin Cornell

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and illustrated
by Kevin Cornell has been nominated for a CLEL Bell Award for Play.

Here's what the nominator said about the book:

ABC's and 123's Storytime Books

ABC vs 123 by Mike Boldt

The Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Here Come the 123's by The Might Be Giants (Music CD)

Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone

Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman

Shout! Shout it Out by Denise Fleming

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Z is Moose by Kelly Bingham

LMNO Peas and 123's by Keith Baker

Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox

Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Strickland

Big and Little Storytime Books

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Small, Medium and Large by Emily Jenkins

My Daddy is a Giant by Carl Norac

Big, Bigger, Biggest! by Nancy Coffelt

Octupus Opposites by Stella Blackstone

A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner

Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield

Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist

Animal Opposite by Petr Horacek

Back to School Storytime Books

Back to School

Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

I Don't Want to Go to School by Stephanie Blake

Foxy! by Emma Dodd

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

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