Current READ Nominations

The following titles have been nominated for the 2022 CLEL Bell Awards

in the category READ.

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The Little Library

by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Schwartz & Wade Books)

Published March 23, 2021

Jake has trouble finding a book to read at his school library, but after talking with the librarian, he takes home a book about woodworking and uses it to help him build a little library.

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Rectangle Time

by Pamela Paul and illustrated by Becky Cameron (Philomel Books)

Published February 16, 2021

A boy and his caregiver love to read books, but so does the cat! See the boy grow older and how interactions with his cat and books changes over time.

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Book's Big Adventure

by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell (Paula Wiseman Books)

Published February 9, 2021


See the life cycle of a library book!

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I'll Build You a Bookcase = Te haré tu propio librero

by Jean Ciborowski Fahey and illustrated by Simone Shin (Lee & Low Books)

Published March 16, 2021


You'll be encouraged to read from a unique perspective --building a bookcase! Includes bilingual text and tips for parents in the back.

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No Buddy Like a Book

by Allan Wolf and illustrated by Brianne Farley (Candlewick Press)

Published February 9, 2021


A lovely rhyming ode to books that will spark your imagination.

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Negative Cat

by Sophie Blackall (Nancy Paulsen Books)

Published August 31, 2021


The new family cat, Max, is grumpy about absolutely everything. But the child in the family gets a pleasant surprise when it's time to do homework.

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Seven Special Somethings

by Adib Khorram, illustrated by Daby Zainab (Dial)

Published February 16, 2021


Kian's family is celebrating Nowruz, or Iranian New Year. It includes a traditional haft-seen, or 7 S's in Farsi. When Sonny the cat crashes into the haft-seen, Kian searches the house for replacement items that start with S that could be just as special for the holiday which only a kid would love.

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You Are a Reader!/You Are a Writer!

by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Christine Davenier (Margaret Ferguson Books)

Published August 3, 2021

This book is two books in one. Half of it highlights reading and the other half is about writing. The pictures are diverse and provide inspiration and real-life examples of reading and writing.

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Come, Read with Me

by Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Christine Wei (Orca Book Publishers)

Published May 11, 2021

A rhyming ode to reading.

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Moose's Book Bus

by Inga Moore (Candlewick Press)

Published October 26, 2021

Moose entertains his forest neighbors by reading books until his living room is too crowded. He decides to build a book bus and bring books to all the animals in the forest.

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Have You Seen This Book?

by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Tom Booth (Candlewick Press)

Published August 31, 2021

A boy can't find his favorite book, have you seen it? It has stickers and drawings, and all types of customized features the boy has added to his favorite story. What? It's your favorite book too?!

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I Is for Immigrants

by Salina Alko (Henry Holt and Co.)

Published June 15, 2021

A unique take on an alphabet book, this incorporates words about the immigrant experience.

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Q & U Call It Quits

by Stef Wade, illustrated by Jorge Martin (Quill Tree Books)

Published June 15, 2021

Q and U have always spent time together (because so many words need them both)! But when they have a falling out, many other alphabet pairs decide to do the same, snowballing into words that cannot be spelled!

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Where Do Words Come From?

by Jeff Zwiers, illustrated by Sr. Reny (Reycraft Books)

Published May 28, 2021

Where do words come from? Word-bakeries? Word-factories? No, they come from you! See if you can find letters and words hidden in the illustrations.