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 2017 Building Block Award is…10 Little Ninjas, by Miranda Paul.
Members of the Building Block Award subgroup of YSCI are listed on the YSCI page.
How To Nominate a Book for 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 2016-November 2018). Holiday books do not qualify.
Nominations of books for 2018 are made through the online form during the nomination period .
How To Vote (September 1-January 15)
Librarians and teachers can use the paper ballot to gather individual votes, then input totals on the online ballot.