2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

The children of Missouri have spoken, selecting Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons as the winner of the 2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, tells the whimsical story of cat that loses the buttons on his shirt. Instead of crying after the loss of each groovy button, he philosophically accepts that “buttons come and buttons go.”

The Missouri Building Block Award goes to the best read-aloud book of the year. Children of kindergarten and preschool age select the best book from ten nominees. Almost 22,000 children in the state of Missouri voted this year. Pete the Cat captured over 20% of the voting with a total of 4494 votes. It's a Tiger! written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard came in second with 3200 votes. The results from the Kansas City area paralleled the statewide voting this year with Pete the Cat finishing first and It’s a Tiger! finishing second.

Nominees for the 2014 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award will be announced in February. For more information on the award, go to the Building Block website at: http://molib.org/awards/buildingblock/

About the Author

Ron Freeman is the Children's Librarian at the Plaza Library. He is married and has two daughters who would like him better if he weren't so old, short, and bald. At least his dogs are fond of him.

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