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 2013 nominees (activity sheets now available)
- Pinterest Page with links to learning activities to use with 2013 nominees and past winners.
- The printable and electronic ballots are now available.
The 2012 Award
The children of Missouri have spoken!
Press Here written and illustrated by Herve Tullet is the winner of the 2012 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award.
Over 23,000 children in schools and libraries across the state participated in this year's voting . Press Here captured nearly 25% of the voting with a total of 5,636 votes. Mitchell's License by Hallie Durand came in 2nd place with 3,590 votes and I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs came in 3rd place with 2,633 votes.Press Here is an interactive book that asks children to manipulate red, yellow and blue dots. This book captured the imaginations of its readers with the children repeatedly asking for "the magic book". Congratulations to Herve Tullet!
The Missouri Building Block Committee wishes to heartily thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support is what made this award so very successful.