2023 CLEL Bell “Write” Nominations pt. 2

Our CLEL Bell Book Award practice committees have been busy! Here are the next nominations in the category of “Write”. This category honors books that demonstrate the power of writing and drawing or demonstrate related skills. Our committee looks for books that show developmentally appropriate writing skills like scribbling, tracing shapes with your finger, or fine motor activities like lifting flaps.

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

The Gift – By Alain Serge Dzotap; Illustrated by Delphine Renon – Published February 15, 2022 – Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

A young jaguar named Leo gets a pen for a gift and must figure out what it does. With help from Leo’s caregivers and friends he discovers the joy of creating a story.

Dadaji’s Paintbrush – By Rashmi Sirdepande; Illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane – Published August 30, 2022 – Levine Querido

A child and his grandfather share a special connection over painting, occasionally inviting the community children to paint with them. When his grandfather passes away, the (now grown-up) boy finds healing in teaching the village children how to paint like his grandfather did.

123 ZOOM – By Chieu Anh Urban – Published April 19, 2022 –  Little Simon

Young readers trace numbers and count backwards and forwards as they zoom on things that go.

ABC ROAR – By Chieu Anh Urban – Published August 16, 2022 –  Little Simon

Young readers trace animals from armadillo to zebra shark as they roar through the alphabet.

Is This You Class Pet – By Troy Cummings – Published June 28, 2022 – Random House for Young Readers

Arfy, a dedicated reading buddy for school children, discovers a classroom pet in his pocket. Through an assortment of letters, Arfy attempts to get his new friend back to where they belong.