Current PLAY Nominations

The following titles have been nominated for the 2020 CLEL Bell Awards in the category "PLAY."

My Mama Is A Mechanic

by Doug Cenko (Blue Manatee Press)

A book that depicts the importance of imaginative play, a mother as seen through her son's eyes. To him, she is a surgeon when she repairs his favorite stuffed animal, a chemist when in the kitchen, and an architect when they play with toy blocks. But no matter what happens, she is always his mama, and that's the most important thing of all!

Penny and Penelope

by Dan Richards, illustrated by Claire Almon (Imprint)

Can two very different dolls, one a princes and the other a fierce explorer, ever become friends as they play in their magical kingdom?

Mermaid Dreams

by Kate Pugsley (Tundra Books)

Take part in an adventure packed with imagination, fun and adventure.

Where Did You Go Today

by Jenny Duke (Child's Play International)

A child recounts her day spent playing on the playground. Did she slide down a slide or a mountain? Did she swing on a swing or fly over the trees?

How to Two

by David Soman (Dial Books for Young Readers)

A normal day at the playground becomes a boisterous adventure addressing friendship and inclusive activity, and a day of reverse counting fun.

Peekity Boo What Can You Do!

by Heidi Bee Roemer, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Henry Holt and Company)

A rhyming tale of bedtime routines that can be shared with the whole family.

Who Has Wiggle-Waggle Toes?

by Vicky Shiefman, illustrated by Francesca Chessa (Holiday House)

This book embraces a joyful celebration of the different parts of the body including kissable noses and adorable toes.

Winter Cats

by Janet Lawler, illustrated by Ela Smietanks (Albert Whitman Company)

Willy the indoor cat ventures outside for the first time. He meets new friends and learns so many new games!


by Eve Coy (Clarion Books)

It's not often a child is asked to babysit her very own father. Just how will she keep him entertained?

What to Do with a String

by Jane Yolen, illustrated by C.F. Payne (Creative Editions)

You can never be bored with a string! It has so many uses, like tying up wild animals or communicating with friends.

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