• 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