Current TALK Nominations

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

in the category TALK.

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Happy Dreams, Little Bunny

by Leah Hong (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Published February 2, 2021

Sometimes it is hard to fall asleep - there are so many things to think about! "Will I stay small forever?" is a thought that is keeping Little Bunny awake. But with help from Mommy and imagination, that thought is turned into wonderful dreams!

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I Want Ice Cream!

by Elisabetta Pica, illustrated by Silvia Borando (RISE x Penguin Workshop)

Published June 1, 2021

This book explores emotion and vocal tone through color when a little boy is denied an ice cream cone.

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Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness

by Gracey Zhang (Scholastic Inc.)

Published July 6, 2021

A little girl learns that her words have a very big impact on her little neighborhood.

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What Happened to You?

by James Catchpole, illustrated by Karen George (Faber & Faber)

Published July 6, 2021

Joe just wants to play his favorite playground game - pirates. As he plays, other kids approach him asking what happened to his leg. This is a great book for starting conversations about how everyone is different and the same!

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Wonder Walkers

by Micha Archer (Nancy Paulsen Books)

Published March 30, 2021

“Wonder walk?” “Sure.” Two children explore the wonders of nature by asking questions and using their imaginations.

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Raven, Rabbit, Deer

by Sue Farrell Holler, illustrated by Jennifer Faria Lipke  (Pajama Press)

Published November 24, 2020

A young boy and his grandfather go for a walk through the woods one winter day. As they explore, Grandpa shares the Ojibwemowin names of the various animals they meet along the way.

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Etty Darwin and the Four Pebble Problem

by Lauren Soloy (Tundra Books)

Published May 18, 2021

Children always have lots of questions to ask! This book shows the importance of conversation as a way to satisfy a curious mind.

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No! Said Rabbit

by Marjoke Henrichs (Peachtree Publishing Company)

Published March 1, 2021

A charming, relatable story about Rabbit who would rather do things their way than listen to Mom.

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The Wind and the Trees

by Todd Stewart (Owlkids Books)

Published March 15, 2021


A lifetime's worth of wisdom is passed on through conversation between a young and old tree.

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Grandad's Camper

by Harry Woodgate (little bee books)

Published April 6, 2021


A young child loves to listen to the cherished memories of Grandad and Gramps’ adventures together. A wonderful intergenerational story!

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Way Past Jealous

by Hallee Adelman, illustrated by Karen Wall (Albert Whitman & Company)

Published April 1, 2021


After experiencing a big feeling of jealousy, a girl talks through these feelings with her father in order to understand them.

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Not Little

by Maya Myers, illustrated by Hyewon Yum (Neal Porter Books)

Published July 6, 2021


Dot may be on the smaller side, but that does not mean her voice is not big and strong. Dot uses her voice for good, and stands up to a bully.

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It Was Supposed to Be Sunny

by Samantha Cotterill (Dial Books)

Published March 30, 2021


When things go wrong on her special day, Laila talks through her feelings with her mom and finds sensory-friendly alternatives so that they all have a great day.

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El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!

by Donna Barba Higuera, illustrated by Juliana Perdomo (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Published July 13, 2021


Ramon talks to his friend, El Cucuy, about the things he's feeling nervous about in his new home. Through this conversation, Ramon finds courage and strength.

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Cave Dada Picky Eater

by Brandon Reese (Chronicle Books)

Published April 27, 2021


A cave dada and cave baby have a very important conversation about food and eating. Will this dada be able to find something his baby would like to eat?

A House

by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)

Published September 28, 2021


This books invites conversation about a simple house.