Baby and Toddler Readers
Third Books publishes books for families to read together. Each spread has a bold, simple illustration with text to be read aloud to the child on the left page and photos of families reading together with text providing early literacy information for the adult on the right page. These books make excellent giveaways for families with babies and toddlers.
CLEL Bell Awards
The Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Bell Picture Book Awards are an annual recognition of five high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. This website lists current and past winning titles, Silver Bells (i.e. the 25 runners-up titles), and nominated titles giving you lots of good book suggestions by early literacy practice (read, write, talk, sing, play).
Star Books: For Kids and Caregivers, From Librarians (replaced ELISE)
"Share these shining examples of children's literature with the kids in your care. Read them aloud and talk about them. Our expert librarians highlight a picture book each week with tips for sharing. Browse their recommendations, or search by keyword for books on a specific topic." Search by early literacy skills and/or practice. Created and managed by Hennepin County Library, MN.
RFHF Shelfari booklist
All RFHF participants were provided books to giveaway to the families they provided with early literacy education. All the board book, lift-the-flap, pop-up, cloth, and picture books RFHF used throughout the three years of the project are included on this booklist. These books were selected based on recommendations from children's librarians around the state in 2008-2010. Each title on this list is tagged by the early literacy skill(s) they best address so you can more easily identify titles when planning early literacy education sessions, activities, and story times that focus on a particular skill.