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Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

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.


Vote for your favorite

Each year, ten picture books are nominated for the Building Block Award. Once your child has read five of the ten nominees, they are eligible to vote for their favorite. You can do so by participating in the Library’s online Reading Challenge, or by filling out this form

Children who vote will be entered to win a copy of one of the nominees! 

You can find out more about the Building Block Award here 

Sign up for the Building Block Challenge online

2021-2022 Building Block Nominees:

Crocodiles Need Kisses, Too,
by Rebecca Colby

Saturday, by Oge Mora

The Book Hog, by Greg Pizzoli

I Want a Dog, by Jon Agee 

Stomp, by Uncle Ian Aurora

Bad Dog, by Mike Boldt

Bear Came Alongby Richard T. Morris

One Red Sock, by Jennifer Sattler

The Farm That Mac Built,
by Tammy Sauer 

The Pigeon Has to Go to School!
y Mo Willems