Building Block



Award History

Winners, 1996-2013
nullNominees, 1996-2014

Award Process

nullComplete manual
nullBook selection criteria
nullBook nomination process
nullVoting procedures
nullAward Timetable

Voting Resources

nullElectronic Ballot   
nullPaper Ballot PDF

Promotional Materials

nullFree downloads (you print)
nullPromotion & publicity ideas

Committee and Volunteer Resources

nullCommittee Handbook PDF
nullRequest to serve on PDF   committee
nullRequest to serve asPDF   listener/selector

2014-2015 Committee Chairs

Jerilyn Hahn, Chair
Callaway County Public Library
Fulton, MO

Deb Barry, Awards Chair

Michelle Ballard,
Selection Chair
The Library Center
Springfield-Greene County Library
Springfield, MO

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The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest of MLA, is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri's public libraries. Designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age, the award was first given in 1996. Parents and other caregivers are encouraged to read aloud to children from a list of ten titles selected annually by a group of Missouri children's librarians. Colorful posters, bookmarks, activity sheets, and a manual of great ideas add to the fun.

2014 Nominees

The 2013 Award

Press HereThe children of Missouri have spoken!

The winner of the 2013 Missouri Building Block Award is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean. 

Almost 22,000 children in the state of Missouri voted this year.  Pete the Cat captured over 20% of the voting with a total of 4,494 votes.  It's a Tiger! written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard came in second with 3,200 votes. I'm Bored written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj, and The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems were in a close battle for third place, with Cat Secrets prevailing with 2,625 votes.

The Missouri Building Block Committee thanks all the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who took the time to read these stories and ask children for their votes. Please continue to spread the word and participate next year!"