Award Books


The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest 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. Kindergarten students to the 10 stories then vote for their favorite.


Building Block Nominees 2015-16

Digger Dog William Bee
Naked! Michael Ian Black
This Book Just Ate My Dog Richard Byrne
Row, Row, Row Your Boat Jane Cabrera
Down by the Barn Will Hillenbrand
Oh So Brave Dragon David Kirk
Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play in Your Food Bob Shea
I'm My Own Dog David Ezra Stein
Bear Sees Colors Karma Wilson
Hurray for Hat! Brian Won


Show-Me Readers Award

The Show-me Readers Award is for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students in Missouri.  The students in these grades listen to 10 new stories each year and then vote for their favorite.

Show Me Nominees 2015-16

A Splash of Red-The Life and Art of Horace Pippin   Jen Bryant
The Day the Crayons QuitDrew Daywalt
Picture Day PerfectionDeborah Diesen
The Matchbox DiaryPaul Fleischman
WilfredRyan Higgins
TrouperMeg Kearney
The Invisible BoyTrudy Ludwig
The Spelling Bee Before RecessDeborah Lee Rose
Memoirs of a HamsterDevin Scillian
As Fast as Words Could Fly
Pamela Tuck


Mark Twain Award

Books for 4th through 6th grade students are nominated for the Mark Twain Award.  Students must read at least 4 of the 12 nominees to be eligible to vote for the award early in 2016.  The winner will be announced at the Missouri School Librarians Spring Conference April 2016.

Mark Twain Nominees 2015-16

Dorko the MagnificentAndrea Beaty
JinxSage Blackwood
The Water CastleMegan Frazer Blakemore
Gaby, Lost and FoundAngela Cervantes
Al Capone Does My Homework Gennifer Choldenko
What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the WorldHenry Clark
Will in ScarletMatthew Cody
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryChris Grabenstein
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called EelDeborah Hopkinson
Rump: The True Story of RumpelstiltskinLiesl Shurtliff
Counting by 7sHolly Goldberg Sloan
Navigating EarlyClare Vanderpool