The following titles have been nominated for the 2020 CLEL Bell Awards in the category SING.
Hush, Little Bunny
by David Ezra Stein (Balzer + Bray)
A twist on the nursery rhyme Hush, Little Baby, this book portrays a father rabbit and his baby bunny. The rabbits have emerged from their winter den and the papa shows his little one around, reassuring baby that he will be protected and loved.
Bedtime for Baby Shark: Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo
by John John Bajet (Cartwheel Books)
Doo doo doo doo doo doo along with Baby Shark as he gets ready for bed. Little ones will relate to the common routine of brushing teeth, putting on jammies, and reading a story.
Rock-a-Bye Tree Sloth
by Aly Fronis, illustrated by Anna Süßbauer (little bee books)
A fun illustrated version of a classic song that kids and grownups can sing together.
Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider
by James Dean (HarperCollins)
A classic storytime favorite brought to life by one of our favorite friends, Pete the Cat!
Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse
by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Blanca Gómez (Dial Books)
A little mouse travels the world, finding objects in all different colors: houses, underwater creatures, vehicles, animals, and more. The sing-song rhythm of the text makes for a fun read-aloud and looking for little mouse on each page is extra fun!
Vole and Troll
by Iza Trapani (Charlesbridge)
Troll won't let Vole cross the bridge unless he pays the toll. Instead, tricky Vole distracts Troll with catchy song and nursery rhymes.
Plinka Plinka Shake Shake
by Emma Garcia (Sterling Children's Books)
Each page of this book shows a different instrument being played and the noise it makes. Kids will be encouraged to mimic and make their own music!
Old MacDonald Had a Baby
by Emily Snape, illustrated by K-Fai Steele (Feiwel & Friends)
Caregivers and kids can sing along to this story about dad's day at home with baby (and farm animals!). The text is meant to be sung to the classic "Old MacDonald Had a Farm".
By the Light of the Moon
by Frann Preston-Gannon (Templar Publishing)
A sweet rhythmic story that places value on everyone's contribution.
by Jen Arena, illustrated by Erika Meza (Alfred A. Knopf)
Rhythmic bilingual lullaby book.
by Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G), illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero (Nancy Paulsen Books)
This beautifully illustrated bilingual book describes the journey of a Monarch Butterfly in lyrical text.
Kat Keeps the Beat
by Greg Foley (Little Simon (Simon & Schuster Children's))
Kat and her animal friends clap their hands, stomp their feet, flap their wings and more as they help Kat find the rhythm for a new song!
by Karen Patkau (Pajama Press)
Baby dinosaurs are hatching from their eggs and they are not quiet! They pick, poke, cheep, peep while mom stomps, sniffs and snorts! Enjoy a noisy read with these dinos.
How Do You Dance?
written and illustrated by Thyra Heder (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Kids shimmy, shake, wiggle, flop and scrunch in this book that encourages dancing. There are so many ways and places to move you won't be able to contain yourself!
All You Need is Love
by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Marc Rosenthal illustrates to the text of the Beatles hit song "All You Need Is Love". He depicts a world where a parade of animals and humans slowly gather in a celebration of love.
by Timbaland, illustrated by Christopher Myers and Kaa Illustration (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Safe inside his home a child listens to the world outside as he is sung to sleep by this gentle lullaby
A Song for Bear
by Gabby Dawnay, illustrated by Alex Barrow (Thames & Hudson)
Bear wants to sing like the birds but his voice isn't quite as melodious. What will he do?