Current TALK Nominations

The following titles have been nominated for the 2020 CLEL Bell Awards in the category TALK.

In A Minute, Mama Bear

by Rachel Bright (Farrar Straus Giroux)

Mama Bear is all ready to start her busy day but toddler Bella is lagging behind. So Mama Bear decides to throw the to-do list out the window and spend the day playing and relaxing in the park with Bella Bear and though things don’t go as planned, they still have a whole lot of fun.

Little Red Rhyming Hood

by Sue Fleiss, illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis (Albert Whitman & Company)

Little Red Rhyming Hood speaks in rhyme and she is looking forward to competing in the upcoming poetry contest when Big Brad Wolf, the school bully scares the rhyme out of her and into him. Can they work together to compete in the poetry contest?

Daniel's Good Day

by Micha Archer (Nancy Paulsen Books)

What exactly is a good day? Daniel is determined to find out, and as he strolls through his neighborhood, he finds a wonderful world full of answers as varied as his neighbors. When Daniel puts all the answers of what makes a good day together, they make a lovely poem full of his neighbors' favorite things.

I Think I Can

by Karen S. Robbins, illustrated by Rachel Brunson (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)

Follow along with Aardvark and Mouse as they converse with one another and encourage each other to believe in themselves. These short sentences and repetitious dialogue will encourage beginning readers to believe in themselves and to read this story over, and over again!


by David Elliot (Gecko Press)

Pig is getting ready for his bath and can hardly wait. But one by one his friends come in to join him and they are very loud. Will pig think up something fast so he can enjoy his bath in peace?

Carl and the Meaning of Life

by Deborah Freedman (Viking Books for Young Readers)

Carl the Earthworm is happy digging in the earth until a field mouse asks him Why? and that sets Carl on a quest to figure out his purpose in life.

The Big Five

by Bella Makatini, illustrated by Judi Abbot (Clavis Publishing)

Excellent conversation between a grandson and his grandpa about animals, the five most popular animals in Africa. Each day they talk about a different animal from the grandpa's painting. There are excellent descriptive words used for the child to guess the animal.

Boom Bellow Bleat

by Georgia Heard, illustrated by Aaron Dewitt (Wordsong)

This is a beautifully illustrated book of animal poems with great animal sounds. It is a lot of fun for an adult and child to read aloud both the poems and animal sounds together.

Nope. Never. Not for Me!

by Samantha Cotterill (Dial Books for Young Readers)

A little girl (dressed as a Triceratops dinosaur) has a dialogue with her mom about trying broccoli and before she tastes it, she doesn't like it. But she ends up trying it and her mom is so proud of her for being a "Try"ceratops.

This Beach is Loud

by Samantha Cotterill (Dial Books)

This is a story of a father and son spending time at the beach although the noises are a bit scary for the young boy. Things the boy is not used to hearing or seeing give him anxiety. The Father talks him through his feelings and keeps him calm.

Is 2 a Lot: An Adventure with Numbers

by Annie Watson, illustrated by Rebecca Evans (Tilbury House Publishers)

Joey asks a lot of questions of his mother such as "Is 2 a lot?". His mom replies that two is not a lot of pennies but it is a lot of smelly skunks! Throughout the book, we learn that it all depends on what it is as to whether or not it is a lot!

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial Books)

Every goodbye can lead to a hello. From goodbye to sitting alone to hello to sitting together. Sometimes goodbyes can be tough but hellos can become new beginnings.

Can I Keep It?

by Lisa Jobe (Page Street Kids)

A young boy is trying to find the just the right pet but he has several false starts. His mother gently reminds him that some of the animals (squirrel, frog, etc.) that he is considering might not be happy as pets. Will he find the perfect pet?

Where Are You From?

by Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrated by Jaime Kim (Harper Collins)

A young girl is asked by a group of kids, "where are you from?" She doesn't know how to answer the question. She asks her Grandpa to answer the question and explain to her where she came from.


by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Neal Porter Books)

The curious rabbit asks a lot of questions to his friend, the bear about everything. His friend patiently answers them but he doesn't have all of the answers.

Little Taco Truck

by Tanya Valentine, illustrated by Jorge Martin (Schwartz & Wade)

Food trucks compete for space on a busy street. The little taco truck feels pushed out by all the other food trucks. He comes up with a plan to claim his spot.

Can U Save the Day?

by Shannon Stocker, illustrated by Tom Disbury (Sleeping Bear Press)

There is competition between the vowels and consonants, the consonants think they are more important than the vowels. The vowels decide to disappear. Then when the animals try to talk their words don't sound right. Will the vowels ever come back?

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