There's a new award in town from Colorado Libraries of Early Lieracy (CLEL), called the CLEL Bell Award, which recognizes the five best picture books of the past year that best demonstrate the five early literacy skills: READ, SING, TALK, WRITE, and PLAY.
And the winners are:
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier; illustrated by Suzy Lee
Moo! by David LaRochelle; illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Nighty-night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
The Things I Can Do by Jeff Mack
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales