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 2016 Building Block Award is…Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry.
Members of the Building Block Award subgroup of YSCI are listed on the YSCI page.
How To Nominate a Book for 2018
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 2015-November 2017). Holiday books do not qualify.
Nominations of books for 2018 can be made through this online form.
How To Vote
Individuals and groups may vote using the 2017 online ballot.
Librarians and teachers can use this paper ballot to gather individual votes, then input totals on the online ballot.
Polls will be open September 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018.
Previous Winners and Nominees