Current WRITE Nominations

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

in the category "WRITE."

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Line and Scribble

by Debora Vogrig, illustrated by Pia Valentinis, translated by Debbie Bibo (Chronicle Books)

Published May 11, 2021

Different types of lines, scribbles and drawings encourage the reader to use their imagination. This books is great for making the connection between drawing and writing.

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Arlo Draws an Octopus

by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Rob Sayegh Jr. (Harry N. Abrams)

Published May 4, 2021

The follows Arlo as he works through his frustration at not being able to draw an octopus. He discovers that even though his drawings don't meet his expectations, they are enjoyed by others.

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Best Friend in the Whole World

by Sandra Salsbury (Peachtree Publishing Company)

Published March 1, 2021

The lonely Roland finds a friend in the forest, who happens to be a pinecone. They play together and have fun, until Roland sees lost posters depicting his new friend.

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Milo Imagines the World

by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)

Published February 2, 2021

Milo draws stories based on the people he sees on his way through the city on a train.

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I Do Not Like Yolanda

by Zoey Abbott (Tundra Books)

Published March 16, 2021

Our main character enjoys writing letters and talks about how to write them. However, she is afraid of the lady at the post office, Yolanda. Eventually she overcomes her fear of her and gains a new friend.

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Nia and the New Free Library

by Ian Lendler, illustrated by Mark Pett (Chronicle Books)

Published June 1, 2021

This book is a retelling of the fable, Stone Soup. When the town's only library is destroyed in a tornado, the main character starts writing stories for her neighbors to read. Members of the community begin to write their own stories, which blossoms into the building of a whole new library.

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Reuse This Book

by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, illustrated by Emma Morris (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)

Published March 30, 2021

A great book to introduce different ways to make the world a better place through recycling, making less waste and taking care of our Earth.

Scribbly: A Real Imaginary Friend Tale

by Ged Adamson (HarperCollins)

Published June 22, 2021

Maude is a little girl who just moved and is making new friends. To help adjust, she draws a dog and names him Scribbly. The book shows how Scribbly comes to life and participates in a variety of activities and helps Maude make new friends.

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You Are a Reader! / You Are a Writer!

by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Christine Davenier (Margaret Ferguson Books)

Published August 3, 2021

This book is two books in one. Half of it highlights reading and the other half is about writing. The pictures are diverse and provide inspiration and real-life examples of reading and writing.

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The Poet of Piney Woods

by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Kristen Howdeshell and Kevin Howdeshell (Harry N. Abrams)

Published April 13, 2021

Wolf wants to share his poetry with the other animals, but they fear him. To get their attention, he writes poems and hangs them in the woods for the other animals to read.