2023 CLEL Bell “SING” Nominations pt. 3

Our CLEL Bell Book Award committees are still hard at work nominating titles they think represent their given practice. Beyond the practice criteria, our committee also looks at things like the quality of production, uniqueness of story, and the ability to appeal to caregivers and their young children of diverse family situations. Here are the next nominations in the category of “Sing”.

Here We Come – By Janna Matthies; Illustrated by Christine Davenier – Published March 15, 2022 – Beach Lane Books

Come along on this musical night parade! Buzz and rum-pum with instruments and rhyme and watch out for the rain!

This is the Boat That Ben Built – By Jen Lynn Bailey; Illustrated by Maggie Zeng – Published March 15, 2022 – Pajama Press

Float down the river with Ben to learn about the birds, amphibians, mammals, and fish that make up the river ecosystem! Set to the rhythm of “The House that Jack Built,” it’s a soothing ride with a funny twist. Learn more about northern river ecosystems with the additional information at the back of the book.

Skip to My Moo: A Rollicking Barnyard Story – By Iza Trapani; Illustrated by Maddie Frost – Published March 1, 2022 –  Running Press Kids

A square-dance calling cow leads an eventful barnyard romp to the familiar tune of “Skip to My Lou.” After swapping and do-si-do’ing with their partners, the barnyard animals rest and recharge with a pie picnic before starting the dance again.

Baby, Sleepy Baby – By Atinuke; Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank – Published November 23, 2021 – Candlewick 

A wonderful accompaniment to have while rocking your baby as you read. A beautifully illustrated multiracial family holds their dear baby close, as the lilting words sway and celebrate those tender moments together.