Current SING Nominations

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

in the category SING.

Let's Dance

by David Bowie, illustrated by Hannah Marks (Running Press Kids)

Bowie lyrics make up the text and while many caregivers may not be familiar with the original song, this book still offers a lot. Diverse illustrations and the encouragement of moving to music make this a 'sing' book nominee all the way.

Sing With Me / Canta conmigo: Six Classic Songs in English and Spanish

by Jose-Luis Orozco, illustrated by Sara Palacios (Scholastic Press)

Follow two children as they travel through their diversely illustrated neighborhood paired with six classic children's songs. Each song spread displays both English and Spanish lyrics making a wonderful introduction to music and multilingualism for any family.

Hundred Feet Tall

by Benjamin Scheuer, illustrated by Jemima Williams (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

This delicate story, told in rhyme and refrain, follows a young bunny as they discover a small seed and care for it while also welcoming a new baby sibling in the background. A tribute to the notion that all we need is love, patience, and care to grow up strong. Sheet music endpapers and an accompanying tune that can be found online allow families to extend this message into song.

The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish

by Lil Miss Hot Mess, illustrated by Olga de Dios (Running Kids Press)

The familiar tune of Wheels on the Bus is taken over by colorful drag queens!

Follow Me, Flo!

by Jarvis (Candlewick Press)

This story follows Daddy Duck and his duckling, Flo, as they make their way to a relative's house. Along the way Daddy Duck sings a song to help keep Flo from getting distracted.

Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music

by Michael Genhart, illustrated by Priscilla Burris (Magination Press)

Two grandpas from two different cultures come together through their love of accordion music.

Here We Go Digging for Dinosaur Bones

by Susan Lendroth, illustrated by Bob Kolar (Charlesbridge)

Dinosaur-obsessed littles will love going through the paleontology motions of digging, sifting and cleaning bones. Set to the familiar tune of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush," this engaging book will have everyone singing all the way to the dinosaur factoids at the end!

You Can Do It Noisy Nora!

by Rosemary Wells (Viking Books for Young Readers)

If you have ever been in the home of someone learning a new instrument, then you may be well aware of the family struggle when Nora comes home with a violin. A great lesson in encouragement and patience.

Your Nose

by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing Company)

Boynton is back with another charming board book that will have caregivers singing 'whoa, whoa, whoa' to their kiddo's nose. Adapted from the author's original music, this tune will stick in your head for a long time after reading.

Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin

by Tracy Newman, illustrated by Abigail Halpin (Harry N. Abrams)

Before Itzhak Perlman became a world famous violinist, his love for music was fostered by his immigrant family. Halpin's illustrations take the feeling of music across the page of this picture book biography as you learn more about Itzhak's life.

Wolf Cub's Song

by Joseph Bruchac , illustrated by Carlin Bear Don't Walk (Reycraft Books)

Little wolf cub feels sad and alone, until her pack members encourage her to use her voice and join them in singing to the moon

Your Name Is a Song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Luisa Uribe (Innovation Press)

Little wolf cub feels sad and alone, until her pack members encourage her to use her voice and join them in singing to the moon