Building Block Award

Building Block Award

This annual award honors the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri.

For more information on the Missouri Building Block Award, please see the MLA Building Block Award page.

2019 Building Block Award Nominees

  • Cover image for Where Is Bear?

    Where Is Bear?

    Perfect for fans of the classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt, this adventurous and endearing picture book follows a little boy searching high and low for his missing bear. Features a surprise ending! Where is Bear? Is Bear in the dresser? Is Bear in the bathroom? Is Bear on the swing? It's almost bedtime, and a little boy can't seem to find his beloved Bear! Children will love joining in the irresistible search for Bear and finding where he is on every page . . . and they will love the surprise ending even more!

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  • Cover image for Hello Hello

    Hello Hello

    A new picture book from Brendan Wenzel, the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor-winning author of They All Saw a Cat! Hello, Hello! Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection.

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  • Eat Pete

    Eat Pete!

    When a hungry monster appears outside Pete's window, it is not for a play date, but soon the two are racing toy cars, playing pirate, and more.

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  • Cover image for Cookiesaurus Rex

    Cookiesaurus Rex

    As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN' STOMPIN' MINUTE! Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of "do" he wants. Readers will love the funny back-and-forth between this cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him. See who gets his licks in at the end!

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  • Cover image for The Rabbit Listened

    The Rabbit Listened

    "When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling"--

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  • Cover image for Beware the Monster

    Beware the Monster

    "In this book, young children are introduced to a ravenous monster that eats everything in its path. Apples, leaves, trees, and even cows don't stand a chance as he ploughs his way through the woods satisfying his enormous appetite. Who will his next victim be? Be careful! His favourite dish is little children! But don't worry. The surprise ending will make children sigh with relief--and laugh out loud."--

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  • Cover image for Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur

    Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur

    Advises the reader on how to interact with a very shy dinosaur.

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  • A Perfect Day

    A Perfect Day

    A perfect day means different things to different animals in Bert's backyard--cat, dog, chickadee, squirrel--and even bear.
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  • Cover image for Can I Be Your Dog?

    Can I Be Your Dog?

    A dog looking for a home sends letters to prospective owners on Butternut Street, with surprising results.

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Building Block Award Winners

  • Cover image for Llama Llama Mad at Mama

    Llama Llama Mad at Mama

    A young llama wants to play but must go shopping with his mother instead, and so he gets angry and makes a mess at the store.

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  • Cover image for Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

    Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

    Don't miss the first and bestselling book in the beloved Pete the Cat series! Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects—kids love to interact with the story.

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  • Cover image for The Pout-Pout Fish

    The Pout-Pout Fish

    As the pout-pout fish swims along in the ocean, he discovers that being glum and spreading the "dreary wearies" isn't much fun anymore--especially when his true destiny is revealed!

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  • Cover image for Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug!

    Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug!

    Here comes Big Bad Bullybug! He's big, mean, and scary--and loves to pick on little itty bitty bugs! With the turn of each die-cut page, Bullybug grows bigger, meaner, and scarier. But it's the itty bitty bugs who get the last laugh in this exciting, new, frighteningly-fun adventure. Caldecott award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley, author of the enormously popular Go Away, Big Green Monster!, offers readers another ingeniously crafted novelty storybook that helps children face, and then chase away, their fears.

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  • Cover image for Press Here

    Press Here

    Using no special effects other than the reader's imagination, a series of dots multiplies, grows, or changes color by pressing, tilting, or blowing on the previous page.

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  • Cover image for Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

    Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

    Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

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  • Cover image for Naked!


    A child discovers that the only thing more fun than being naked is wearing nothing but a cape.

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  • Cover image for Mustache Baby

    Mustache Baby

    "A picture book about baby Billy, who is born with a mustache, and his parents, who must figure our if it's a Good-Guy mustache, or a Bad-Guy mustache"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Cover image for 10 Little Ninjas

    10 Little Ninjas

    From ten little ninjas sneaking out of bed to one cuddlebug asleep on the spread, rhyming text provides a count-down to bedtime.

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  • Cover image for Bunnies!!!


    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 mirrors most every toddler's emotional life. Bunnies!!!, by Tickle Monster illustrator Kevan Atteberry, is perfect for fans of Mo Willems and Sandra Boynton.

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