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 2018 Building Block Award is…Pug Meets Pig, written by Sue Lowell Gallion, and illustrated by Joy Wan.
2018 Top 5 titles by number of votes:
Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion, 4132 votes
Carrot & Pea: An Unlikely Friendship by Morag Hood, 2478 votes
Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske, 2422 votes
Barnacle is Bored by Jonathan Fenske, 2279 votes
Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming, 2100 votes
Members of the Building Block Award subgroup of YSCI are listed on the YSCI page.
How To Nominate a Book for 2020 (Nomination period: July 2019 to November 2019)
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 2017-November 2019). Holiday books do not qualify.
Nominations of books for 2020 are made through the online form (form will go live in July 2019) during the nomination period (July 2019 to November 2019); the committee generally reads these nominations in December 2019 and January 2020.
How To Vote on Your Favorite (voting available: September 1, 2019 – January 15, 2020)
Librarians and teachers can use the paper ballot to gather individual votes, then input totals on the online ballot.
Winners Announced: January/February 2020