Current SING Nominations

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

in the category SING.

Rice in the Pot
The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, illustrated by Lorian Tu (Orchard Books)

Published June 1, 2021

This book is about a family gathering for a traditional Chinese dinner, and can be read or sung to the tune of "The Wheels On the Bus", and uses repetition to highlight the sounds, such as Grandpa slurping noodles. There is also a glossary and information about Chinese dining etiquette.

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Girls and Boys Come Out to Play

by Tracey Campbell Pearson (Margaret Ferguson Books)

Published April 13, 2021

Using the rhyme, "Girls and Boys Come Out to Play", Tracy Pearson invites readers to explore the entire world of Mother Goose! The end papers have beautifully drawn familiar characters and lyrics to some familiar rhymes. In the pages of the book, we enjoy the gentle rhythm of the poem that invites children to come out to play in the moonlight.

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Old MacDonald Had a Phone

by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross (Andersen Press)

Published March 21, 2021

Old MacDonald accidently ordered 100 phones and all the animals are addicted. No one is working on the farm! 

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A Song of Frutas

by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sara Palacios (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Published August 3, 2021

This colorful, joyful book takes us to Cuba where a little girl helps her grandfather sell fruit on the street. It's a celebration of everyday music. This book was simultaneously published in Spanish.

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The Poop Song

by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Claudia Boldt (Chronicle Books)

Published April 13, 2021

A silly rhyming text talks about a topic near and dear to potty training little ones and their parents. A fun way to get the power struggles out of the way during this phase of life!

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Secret, Secret Agent Guy

by Kira Bigwood, illustrated by Celia Krampien (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Published May 11, 2021


The Franklin Brothers Investigations (FBI) are on a secret mission. They have plenty of cool spy gear to enable them to sneak past their parents, communicate with each other via walkie talkie and see in the dark. But can they spot their nemesis in time? Sing this book to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".

ROAR-chestra!: A Wild Story of Musical Words

by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Kids Can Press)

Published May 4, 2021


A cartoonishly drawn conductor waves his baton at an attentive group of animals. They follow his commands and at allegro they "quickly, swiftly, race, run, fly!". Children will love learning these musical terms and can move like the animals on each page.

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A Neighborhood Walk, A Musical Journey

by Pilar Winter Hill, illustrated by Olivia Duchess (Albert Whitman & Company)

Published April 1, 2021


A girl and her mother walk to the farmer's market, experiencing all the different musical sounds in their neighborhood along the way.

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Honey for You, Honey for Me: A First Book of Nursery Rhymes

by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Chris Riddell (Candlewick Press)

Published March 2, 2021


A collection of traditional nursery rhymes.

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Jazz for Lunch!

by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Eugenia Mello (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

Published September 7, 2021


A young girl and her aunt visit a jazz club at lunch time, then go home and cook dinner to a jazzy beat.

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Five Little Chicks

by Dan Yaccarino (HarperFestival)

Published February 9, 2021


Simple rhyming text accompanies five newly hatched chicks enjoying their first day. Colorful toddler-friendly illustrations with light humor will draw little ones in to watch.

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Venetian Lullaby

by Judith L. Roth, illustrated by Kendra Binney (Page Street Kids)

Published January 19, 2021


The rhythmic text spoken by Papa describes the lapping of the water, rocking of the boat and sounds of dragonflies while the baby is soothed to sleep.

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Bear Wants to Sing

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dena Seiferling (Tundra Books)

Published September 14, 2021


A child accidentally drops a collection of instruments in the woods and Bear finds a ukulele. He announces he has made up a song he wants to sing to his friends. But the other animals have a different plan.


by Kyra Teis (Kar-Ben Publishing)

Published November 1, 2021


A young Jewish girl has immigrated from Eastern Europe with her family and visits her grandparents in New York City. She joins in as her family and neighbors play Klezmer music -- traditional Jewish music with an American jazz vibe.

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When Nana Dances

by Jane Yolen and Maddison Stemple-Piatt, illustrated by Priscilla Burris (Magination Press)

Published November 2, 2021


Nanas and their grandchildren cut a rug on the dance floor.