Current READ Nominations

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

I Do Not Like Books Anymore!

By Daisy Hirst (Candlewick Press)

Natalie can't wait to read aloud to Alphonse but when she gets her first beginner reading book about a cat, letters all look like prickles and bird feet! Nothing interesting happens to that cat. It just sits. Natalie decides she doesn't like books anymore and doesn't need to read, ever. Can Alphonse help Natalie discover the joys of learning to read?

ABC for Me: ABC What Can He Be?

By Jessie Ford (Walter Foster Jr.)

A delightful look at all the occupations available to boys from A to Z. This is a sequel to ABC for Me: ABC What Can She Be?

Bearnard's Book

by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Misa Saburi (Henry Holt and Company)

Bearnard receives an invitation to be part of a book, but he wonders if he is the best Bear for the job. Can his friends help Bearnard find confidence in himself?

The Book Hog

by Greg Pizzoli (Disney Hyperion)

The Book Hog loves books and he'll grab whatever he can find. There's only one problem: he can't read! But when a  librarian invites him to join for Storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are.

Just Read

by Lori Degman, illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov (Sterling Children's Books)

A celebration of reading! You can read alone or with an astronaut. You can read on a bus or in a tree. You can read anywhere.

Shhh! I'm Reading!

by John Kelly, illustrated by Elina Ellis (Tiger Tales)

Bella just wants to spend the day reading, but keeps getting interrupted by a cast of funny characters. In the end she gets to finish her book and inspires everyone else to read too.

Reading Beauty

by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt (Chronicle Books)

Lex loves to read, so when her books are taken away on 15th Birthday she wants to know why. When Lex learns she was cursed as a baby, she goes in search of the wicked fairy to get the curse removed and her books back.

Feel Better, Daddy

by Nancy Loewen and Hazel Michelle Quintanila (words & pictures)

A young girl and her Daddy switch places when he gets sick.

Good Night, Library

by Denise Brennan-Nelson, illustrated by Marco Bucci (Sleeping Bear Press )

Have fun exploring all the different areas of the library as a group of children say good night to it.

This Book of Mine

by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

A celebration of books and reading! There are so many great things you can do with a book -- Read, taste, smell, learn, and the list goes on

Bookstore Babies

by Puck, illustrated by Voilet Lemay (duopress)

Babies explore all the wonderful things they can enjoy at a bookstore! Storytimes, practicing their ABC's and learning about shapes are just a few of the reading adventures that await them.

The Magic of Letters

by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Wendell Minor (Neal Porter Books)

Celebrate the magic of letters! They each have their own name and their own sounds and when you learn to string them together you can make words, sentences and your own stories.

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