Early Literacy Resources Part 2: Vroom

In week two of our early literacy resource share we’d like to highlight another resource that focuses on the brain of a young child, Vroom. Science is key to Vroom, the science of a child’s brain. While you may not be able to see into it, a child’s brain works at a much faster pace than do most adult brains. The brain develops more rapidly during the first five years of life than at any other time. Vroom wants to help you make the most of these years, while understanding that most parents and caregivers already have lots to juggle. Their focus is on what they call the “5 Brain Building Basics”; Look - See what your child is interested in. Follow - Take your cues from them and let them lea

Early Literacy Resources Part 1: Earlier is Easier

Over the next few weeks, we'd like to take a brief moment to highlight different early literacy resources that can be shared with parents and care givers. One amazing and concise place to start when talking with parents and care givers is Earlier is Easier. Earlier Is Easier is a collaborative of 27 Denver-area organizations working collectively to promote the value of interacting with children from birth to age three. Their site is an amazing source for tips, ideas and how to integrate early literacy practices into every day life. The site is broken into six categories: Read, Talk, Sing, Play, Wright, and Laugh- similar to the five early literacy practices. Within each categories are three

New Storyblocks Videos!

We are proud to announce our six newest Storyblocks videos. This year, with the support of the Colorado State Library, Rocky Mountain PBS, and eight excellent presenters, we were able to add three new languages to our repertoire. We now have videos in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, French, Arabic, Russian, Italian, and Amharic. Please follow the link to our videos here! And we would love if you shared them with anyone who might be interested in seeing them. If you (or someone you know) might be interested in participating next year, please send an email to with your contact information and the language(s) you would be comfortable presenting. Thank you

CLEL Bell Winners Announced!

2017 CLEL Bell Awards Winners We are happy to announce the 2017 CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy! The five winning books consist of one title in each of five categories selected from a shortlist of 25 titles. Each category represents an early literacy practice: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. The books, in their content, theme, or design, support caregivers’ interaction with their children through these five early literacy practices. Research has shown that engaging children in these practices builds language skills and prepares children to become successful readers. Please follow this link to the winning titles and accompanying activity sheets. ​

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