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Concept Story Time

ABCs, 123s, opposites, sizes, colors and shapes are all concepts, making "concept" story time one of the most versatile for all ages - here is a little sample of what a "concept" story time might look like.

Welcome - Try a creating a routine by repeating the same song, rhyme or finger play each time you meet!

Story 1 - LMNO Peas

Action Rhyme - This is Big (a rhyme about opposites)

This is big big big (spread arms wider apart each time you say "big")


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 Bell Award Nomination: Nighty-Night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff

Nighty-Night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff has been nominated for the CLEL Bell category SING

Fall Storytime Books

Happy Fall everyone!

Thank you to everyone who shared these amazing titles.

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze by Maureen Wright and Will Hillenbrand

Tree of Birds by Susan Meddaugh

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey

Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert

Blue Burt and Wiggles by Derek Anderson

CLEL Bell Award Nomination: Warning: Do Not Open This Book! narrated by Adam Lehrhaupt & illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! narrated by Adam Lehrhaupt & illustrated by Matthew Forsythe has been nominated for READ and TALK

Space Storytime Books

This will be a short list today as I didn't get any submissions.  

Space Books

Astronaut Piggy Wiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon

Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

CLEL Bell Award Nomination: Backyard Theater Presents Pest in Show by Victoria Jamieson

Backyard Theater Presents Pest in Show by Victoria Jamieson
Backyard Theater Presents Pest in Show by Victoria Jamieson

Here's what the nominator said about the book:

Body Parts Storytime Book List

Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Busy Fingers by CW Bowie

All of Me: A Book of Thanks by Molly Bang

My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

We've All Got Bellybuttons by David Martin

Parts by Tedd Arnold

Whose Nose and Toes by John Butler

Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

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.

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