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Strategic Purchasing Recommendations

The State Grants for Libraries funding has a focus on early literacy and early learning. Wondering how your library might make a strategic investment in this area? Our partners at the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) and Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) have some suggested packages for your library, including:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten


  • CLEL Silver Bell Award Winners - CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) The Silver Bells serve as a recommended list for libraries and families alike seeking strong titles for young children from birth to age 5. This list includes five books each in the categories of Read, Write, Sing, Talk and Play, which represent practices that research shows support early literacy development in young children. The site provides activity ideas for each title suitable for library storytimes, for childcare and preschool settings, and for exploration at home.


  • Databases – CLiC has negotiated cooperative purchase agreements with database vendors that offer online tools and other resources for research.


  • Early Literacy Collection for Parents - Parents and caregivers will appreciate these books and DVDs focused on brain development in young children and early literacy. From simple activities that parents can do at home to instill early literacy skills to more in-depth titles, this list, recommended by CLEL, provides a range of strong resources for parents.


  • Early Literacy Professional Development Collection - These early literacy resources, recommended by CLEL, are ideal for library staff, students in early childhood education classes, and other students and professionals interested in instilling early literacy skills and the love of reading in young children.

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