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Big Bear News At the Coop: Carmen Oliver on the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards short list! Roooooarrrrr!

January 11, 2017 by Erzsi Deak

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.

There are five books for each category on the shortlists. Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies was chosen for the Read category.

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!