Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominees 2016

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Children’s Services Round Table 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.

Building Block Picture Book Award Nominees

Vincent Paints His House
Tedd Arnold · Holiday House
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
In this playful picture book homage to artist Vincent van Gogh, a house gets a brilliantly colorful paint job. Vincent is ready to paint his house. The only problem is choosing the color. He thinks white would be nice . . . until the spider convinces him that red is better. Red looks great,…
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Bunnies!!!
Kevan Atteberry · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Story time for little ones has never been this exciting! When a friendly monster spots a group of bunnies in the woods, his delight is contagious! And when they’re gone, how he misses them so! With bright illustrations and a simple text, this is the most fun type of read aloud and one that…
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Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups
Tadgh Bentley · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 40
Format: Print book
From debut author-illustrator Tadgh Bentley, Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups is a sweetly hilarious tale of icebergs, chili, and playful surprises that puts its reader at the very of the story! Perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos, Not a Box, and The Monster at the End of This…
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Rex Wrecks It!
Benjamin Clanton · Candlewick Press
Pages: 40
Format: Print book
Look out Here comes Rex Children who love to construct and those who love to destroy will relate to this kid-pleasing tale that builds to a smashing finale. Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild are fed up. Every time they build something with their blocks, Rex wrecks it Whether it s an out-of-this-world…
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Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook
Anne Vittur Kennedy · Candlewick Press
Pages: 32
Format: Print book
This tongue-in-cheek primer on how to be a good farm dog – and how ignoring the rules may result in a biscuit – is a guaranteed treat.Being a farm dog is a tough job, but luckily, Ragweed’s handbook will tell you everything you need to know. Step one: don’t wake the farmer! You may really,…
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I Don’t Want to Be a Frog
Dev Petty · Doubleday Books For Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
* “First-time author Petty’s dialogue between a frog father and his son makes its point about accepting one’s nature with a big grin….The story might create similar gratitude in the minds of readers – or it might just make them giggle.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEWFans…
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Get Out of My Bath!
Nosy Crow · Nosy Crow
Pages: 24
Format: Print book
Ellie the elephant loves to have fun in the bath, but she’s not the only one. Her fun is interrupted when a crocodile decides to join her, followed by a flamingo, then a mouse and even a tiger! Poor Ellie’s bath is ruined. What can she do? She sucks all the water into her trunk, of course!…
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Simon’s New Bed
Christian Trimmer · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Print book
Simon’s new dog bed has been claimed by … a cat?! Laughter, scheming, and cuddles ensue in this fun naptime tale you’ll want to share, from debut author Christian Trimmer and illustrator Melissa van der Paardt.Simon’s been looking forward to trying out his brand-new dog bed all day. He may be ready…
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The Whale in My Swimming Pool
Joyce Wan · Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 32
Format: Print book
One sunny day, a little boy heads outside for a swim, but his pool is already taken . . . There’s a big whale in the water and it’s not budging! The boy tries everything to get the whale to leave. Nothing seems to work. Not fetch. Not tag. Not even offering his allowance. What’s a boy to do? Luckily,…
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Dad’s first day
Mike Wohnoutka · Bloomsbury
Pages: 40
Format: Print book
All summer Oliver and his dad played together, laughed together, sang together, and read together.Now it’s time for Oliver to start school!On the first day, Oliver’s dad isn’t quite ready. . . . Suddenly he feels nervous. His tummy hurts, and he would rather stay home.But Oliver isn’t convinced….
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