The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award
The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest of MLA, is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri's public libraries. 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.
- Full list of 2014 nominees with activity sheets
- Pinterest Page with links to learning activities to use with 2013 nominees and past winners.
- The printable and electronic ballots will be linked here when available.
The 2013 Award
The children of Missouri have spoken!
The winner of the 2013 Missouri Building Block Award is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.
Almost 22,000 children in the state of Missouri voted this year. Pete the Cat captured over 20% of the voting with a total of 4,494 votes. It's a Tiger! written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard came in second with 3,200 votes. I'm Bored written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj, and The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems were in a close battle for third place, with Cat Secrets prevailing with 2,625 votes.
The Missouri Building Block Committee thanks all the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who took the time to read these stories and ask children for their votes. Please continue to spread the word and participate next year!"