Thank you for your interest in the CLEL Bell Awards!​

Title Suggestions have now closed for the 2024 CLEL Bell Awards.

You can view this year’s nominations at the Current Nominations page. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Shortlist in early December and an announcement of the winners in early February 2024.

The Selection Committee nominates titles based on suggested titles and their own research, beginning in late summer. Subscribe to the CLEL Bell blog to keep updated on nominated titles.

To suggest a title, please submit a Title Suggestion Form. Each suggested title is reviewed by the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee and considered for nomination. Submissions will reopen in Spring 2024 for the 2025 award. You may find the selection criteria for the Bell Awards here.

Eligible books for the 2024 award must have been published or distributed in the United States between November 16, 2022 and November 15, 2023.

Suggest titles for a specific category, based on the five early literacy practices: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, or Play.

Describe how the book connects to the suggested category, how the book supports the six early literacy skills, and how it could promote adult/child interactions.

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