Meet the Colorado Day By Day Calendar

You may have noticed the newest addition to CLEL's website - the Colorado Day By Day Calendar. Let me introduce you to this fabulous resource. This calendar was created by the Colorado State Library's Growing Readers Together project to help promote early literacy on a daily basis and is full of great ideas. The inspiration came from the South Carolina State Library’s calendar of the same name. Every day of the calendar has a different early literacy activity. This means that you have a new partner in your early literacy adventure: a calendar that is just overflowing with suggestions. There's everything you can imagine; from singing the ABCs to writing poems together. Each activity is ea

Announcing the 2018 CLEL Bell Award Winners

We are happy to announce the 2018 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 visit the 2018 CLEL Bell Winners page to view and download activity sheets with bibliographic information, an annota

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