Thank you for your interest in the CLEL Bell Awards Committee! This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to early literacy advocacy, gain experience working on an award committee, and build your resume! 


The application for the 2023 CLEL Bell Selection Committee has closed. If you are interested in joining next year, check back in Spring 2023 or follow us on social media.

Involvement in the CLEL Bell Award Committee will require:

  • Membership in Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.
  • A two-year commitment to serving on the CLEL Bell Award Committee 
  • Access to email and the Internet (for routine communication, editing shared Google documents and attending virtual meetings). 
  • Access, via your library, interlibrary loan and/or bookstores, to a large sample of picture books published during the selection year.
  • A commitment of several hours a week securing access to, reading and evaluating as many new picture books as possible.
  • A commitment to attend a 4 hour virtual meeting in the spring.
  • A commitment to attend, virtually or in the Denver area, an 8 hour shortlist selection meeting in December.
  • Please note that due to the potential conflict of interest we are unable to select a committee member who is professionally affiliated with a publishing company, including employees of the company, independent sales consultants, or authors publishing children’s books in the selection year.

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