BEAR-Y HAPPY! Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by the Coop’s Carmen Oliver and illustrated by Jean Claude is on the shortlist of the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy.
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, an advisory group to the Colorado State Library, created the Bell Awards in 2012 to recognize five high quality picture books that provide excellent support and/or modeling of early literacy development in young children. The award categories are based off the early literacy practices of read, write, sing, talk and play. These practices have been proven through research to make a positive difference in preparing children to become successful readers. The shortlisted books are those that, through theme, text, and illustrations, best model these early literacy practices to parents and caregivers and/or support parents and caregivers in engaging with their children.
One book from each category will be awarded a CLEL Bell Award on February 5, 2017.
For more information about the awards, and to see the complete shortlists, visit the CLEL website at www.clel.org and select CLEL Bell Awards.
THANK YOU TO THE CLEL BELL AWARDS SELECTION COMMITTEE and CONGRATULATIONS TO CARMEN!
About Erzsi Deak
Erzsi Deak is the founder of Hen&ink Literary Studio, a writer, and an editor. With nearly 30 years of experience on the international stage, she is most happy connecting individuals around the globe who can make things happen – no matter where you find yourself or what hat you are wearing. She is an editorial agent, pushing her authors and illustrators to go the extra kilometer to achieve sometimes surprising insights and results. A two-time SCBWI Member of the Year awardee, she speaks on craft, “the market,” and current industry topics. She is pleased to announce that the new MAB Media will publish PERIOD PIECES: STORIES FOR GIRLS as one of its launch books in 2015. Her first picture book, PUMPKIN TIME! (Sourcebooks, 2014, illustrated by Doug Cushman) has just been picked up by the Scholastic Book Clubs. Thanks to technology, she can work from France and be in New York and London at the same time.