Bells and Books: Favorite Family Reading for Little Ones

Blog post by Erin Lucero, Old Town Library

Bells will be ringing at the Old Town Library in January as we celebrate the CLEL Bell Awards, recognizing the year’s best picture books for children.

The Poudre River Public Library District recently kicked off Bells and Books, a month-long celebration of award-worthy picture books and early literacy. From now until February 6, Old Town Library will host a series of activities designed for families to read with their little ones and explore picture books.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy organizes the annual CLEL Bell Awards which are given to storybooks that support early learning. Nominated books are judged in five literacy categories based on the Every Child Ready to Read initiative: Reading, Talking, Singing, Writing, and Playing.

Cast a vote for your favorite picture books at Old Town Library

Bells and Books is a perfect opportunity for families to read together and find new storybook favorites. From January 9 to February 5, we encourage you to read any or all of the 25 CLEL Bell finalists and vote* for your favorite stories at the Old Town Library children’s voting booth located in the Children’s section on the first floor.

Children can vote as often as they like and for as many books as they like. A complete list of titles is available for parents to take home, along with plenty of top quality picture books to check out.

Then come to our special Bells and Books Storytime event to learn which books won the Old Town Library vote and the official vote. We’ll be reading the 2016 winners and announcing the 2017 winners, and of course there will be lots of singing and ringing of bell songs. Children can also create a booklet and illustrate their own stories.

The Bells and Books Storytime is scheduled Monday, February 6
from 9:30-10:15AM in the Old Town Library Storytime Room.


2017 CLEL Bell Award Nominees







*Your vote will be included in the Old Town Library’s vote results, which is separate from the official CLEL results.