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.
2019 Top Five titles by number of votes:
1) Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings– 4,598 votes
2) Cookiesaurus Rex by Amy Fellner Dominy; Illus. by Nate Evans—3,719 votes
3) I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon– 2,802 votes
4)Beware Of The Monster by Michaël Escoffier; Illus. by Amandine Piu–2,347 votes
5) Where Is Bear by Jonathan Bentley–1882 votes
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