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Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award is awarded by the Children's Services Round Table of the Missouri Library Association. This award is designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age.

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2020 Winner

Dandy by Ame Dyckman
Although Sweetie has named and is caring for the sole dandelion on his perfect lawn, Daddy, with his friends' urging, does all he can to get rid of the weed before it spreads.

2021 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominees

The Book Hog
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli
The Book Hog loves books and has a large collection, although he never learned to read.
Bad Dog
Bad Dog by  Mike Boldt
A little girl gets a cat as a new pet but insists it's a dog, even if it doesn't act very dog-like.
Bear Came Along
Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris
An assortment of animals living separate lives discover they need each other when they have a chance encounter on a river.
Crocodiles Need Kisses Too
Crocodiles Need Kisses Too by  Rebecca Colby
Illustrations and rhyming text inform the reader that, despite quills, claws, fangs, and more, animals, like children, all need love and affection.
I Want a Dog
I Want a Dog by Jon Agee
A girl seeks her perfect pet at an unusual animal shelter-- Provided by publisher.
One Red Sock
One Red Sock by Jennifer Sattler Illustrated by  Jennifer Sattler
When a little purple hippo cannot find the mate for her red sock, she tries everything in her sock drawer in order to be fashionable--or at least to match.
Saturday by  Oge Mora
When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.
The Farm That Mac Built
The Farm That Mac Built by Tammi Sauer
The scarecrow from Old MacDonald's farm narrates an Animal Theater production of The House that Jack Built, but animals that do not belong on a farm keep upstaging him.
The Pigeon Has to Go to School!
The Pigeon Has to Go to School! by Mo Willems
The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him.