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

Title Suggestions are now open for the 2025 CLEL Bell Awards. You can submit your suggestions here.

Before submitting a title, please review the ECRR practices and think about how your suggested title exemplifies one or more of these. It might also be helpful to look at our past nominations to see what the committee is looking for in a CLEL Bell title.

The Selection Committee nominates titles based on suggested titles and their own research, beginning in late summer. 

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 are now open. You may find the selection criteria for the Bell Awards here.

Eligible books for the 2025 award must have been published or distributed in the United States between November 16, 2023 and November 15, 2024.

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.

You can view last year’s nominations at the Current Nominations page. If you have further questions, please contact us at