2023 CLEL Bell “SING” Nominations pt. 1

Nominations for the CLEL Bell Book Awards have begun! Let’s celebrate the first nominations in the “Sing” category, with more coming soon. These are books published after November 16, 2021 that model or support the practice of singing with young children and babies.

Many nominations come from title suggestions from members like you! The CLEL Bell Selection Committee is accepting title suggestions for the 2023 CLEL Bell Award until November 18, 2022.

Hush, Little Trucker – By Kim Norman; Illustrated by Toshiki Nakamura – Published February 1, 2022 – Harry N. Abrams

A young child and their mother playfully imagine how to find a lost toy truck in the snow. Readers can sing the descriptions of each vehicle to the lullaby tune, “Mockingbird (Hush Little Baby)”.

We Shall Overcome – By Brian Collier – Published December 28, 2021 – Orchard Books

Walking to the beat of the famous civil rights song, a child’s everyday journey to school is overlaid with the past. Modern day life appears in bright colors, overlaying black and white images from the past.