The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, sponsored and selected by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI), is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries and is designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age.
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.
The winner of the 2019 Missouri Building Block Award is…Can I Be Your Dog?, written and illustrated by Troy Cummings.
We are excited to announce the winner of the 2020 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. About 8,700 Missouri children voted this year, and Dandy by Ame Dyckman is the winner!
Here are the top five titles:
1) Dandy by Ame Dyckman – 1,646 votes
2) Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey – 1,617 votes
3) Everybody Says Meow by Constance Lombardo – 1,594 votes
4) Duck! by Meg McKinlay – 719 votes
5) I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt – 691 votes
Now, on to 2021!
We invite you to read and vote on your favorite titles from this exciting new group of nominees:
- I Want a Dog by Jon Agee
- Stomp by Ian Aurora
- Bad Dog by Mike Boldt
- Crocodiles Need Kisses Too by Rebecca Colby
- Saturday by Oge Mora
- Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris
- The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli
- One Red Sock by Jennifer Sattler
- The Farm that Mac Built by Tammi Sauer
- The Pidgeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
We hope you and your youth enjoy this year’s selections as much as last year’s.
For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award and fun resources, visit our website at molib.org/awards/building-block-award.
The Missouri Building Block committee wants to thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support fuels this award!
Awards Chair, Missouri Building Block Award Committee
Members of the Building Block Award subgroup of YSCI are listed on the YSCI page.
How to Nominate a Book for 2021” (Nomination period: July 2020 – November 2020)
Have you found an excellent read-aloud book for young children (birth-kindergarten)? The committee is seeking both fiction and non-fiction titles with the qualities of a great read-aloud, such as a rich vocabulary, flowing language, and engaging illustrations.
All nominations must be published within the last two years (December 2018-November 2020). Holiday books do not qualify.
Nominations of books for 2021 are made through the online form (form will go live in July 2020) during the nomination period (July 2020 to November 2020); the committee generally reads these nominations in December 2020 and January 2021.
How To Vote on Your Favorite (voting available: September 1, 2020 – January 15, 2021)
Librarians and teachers can use the paper ballot to gather individual votes, then input totals on the online ballot.
Winners Announced: January/February 2021