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The Missouri Building Block Award

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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.

Voting and Reading Challenge

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. 

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 from the Missouri Library Association.

Vote for Your Favorite  Join the Reading Challenge

2023 Missouri Building Block Nominees

The Book of Rules by Brian Gehrlein

Shhh! The Baby's Asleep by JaNay Brown-Wood

People Are Wild by Margaux Meganck

One Sheep, Two Sheep by Tammi Sauer

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

Lou by Breanna Carzoo

I'm Terrified of Bath Time by Simon Rich

I'm A Unicorn by Helen Yoon

Don't Eat Bees (Life Lessons by Chip the Dog) by Dev Petty

Cows Go Boo! by Steve Web