Current READ Nominations

The following titles have been nominated for the 2021 CLEL Bell Awards

in the category READ.

Help Wanted Must Love Books

by Janet Sumner Johnson, illustrated by Courtney Dawson (Capstone Editions)

Shailey loves bedtime stories. When her dad gets too busy with work to read to her regularly, she decides to fire him and hire a new reader. She interviews familiar fairy tale characters until she finds just the right reader.

A Book for Escargot

by Dashka Sater, illustrated bySydney Hanson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Escargot, the charming French snail is back with book two. He models a love of books and talks with the reader throughout about his favorites. The interactive style encourages the readers to talk about what books they like, while being silly and perhaps coming up with a fun French voice/accent for Escargot!

How to Read to a Grandma or Grandpa

by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc)

This story joyfully explores the concept of kids reading to their grandparents. The grandparents are engaged in the books and love being read to. The book mentions all the places you can find good books to read, the subject matter to be found in books, all the places you can read books, and the fact that you can act out the stories in books.

Library Babies

by Puck, illustrated by Violet Lemay (duopress)

Shows babies enjoying all the amenities of a library: storytime, looking at books, listening to books, playing with the puppet theater, and best of all taking books home!

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Help Wanted: Must Love Books 

by Janet Sumner Johnson and illustrated by Courtney Dawson (Capstone Editions)

Shailey loves bedtime stories. When her dad gets too busy with work to read to her regularly, she decides to fire him and hire a new reader. She interviews familiar fairy tale characters until she finds just the right reader.

A Book for Escargot

by Dashka Sater, Illustrated by Sydney Hanson (Farrar, Straus and Geroux)

Escargot, the charmin French snail is back with book two. He models a love of books and talks with the reader throughout about his favorites. The interactive style encourages the readers to talk about what books they like, while being silly and perhaps coming up with a fun French voice/accent for Escargot!

How to Read to a Grandma or Grandpa

by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc)

This story joyfully explores the concept of kids reading to their grandparents. The grandparents are engaged in the books and love being read to. The book mentions all the places you can find good books to read, the subject matter to be found in books, all the places you can read books, and the fact that you can act out the stories in books.

Library Babies

by Puck, illustrated by Violet Lemay (duopress)

Shows babies enjoying all the amenities of a library: storytime, looking at books, listening to books, playing with the puppet theater, and best of all taking books home!

Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell

by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Dockerty (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)

Pirate Nell sets sail on an adventure with a crew of pirates. She is the only literate one in the bunch and reads stories to the other pirates. When she finds a treasure map, she leads them all to the treasure.

Eek!: A Noisy Journey From A to Z

by Julie Larios and illustrated by Julie Paschkis (Peachtree Publishing Company)

An adorable mouse travels page by page through the alphabet and hears the sound of each letter. Instead of the stereotypical a is for apple type of text, we read onomatopoeic words like achoo, bzzz, chirp, ding-a-ling, and so on.

Every Little Letter

by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Joy Hwang Ruiz (Dial Books)

An adorable mouse travels page by page through the alphabet and hears the sound of each letter. Instead of the stereotypical a is for apple type of text, we read onomatopoeic words like achoo, bzzz, chirp, ding-a-ling, and so on.

Cave Dada

by Brandon Reese (Chronicle Books)

Dada is too tired to read to Baby, but Baby needs to be read to! Not only does Baby want a book, but Baby wants the BIGGEST book Dada can find. Hopefully they both get some sleep soon!

I Do Not Like Stories

by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff (OwlKids)

No matter what, this boy does not like stories. Well... maybe there's one thing he'd read about.