Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

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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.

Voting for the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award takes place each year from September 1 through December 31.

The following are the winners of the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award from the 1996 through the present:

Author: 
Michael Ian Black; Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9781442467385
A hilarious new book about a boy who refuses to wear clothes, from comedian Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbi Ridpath Ohi, the team that brought you I'm Bored , a New York Times Notable Children's Book. Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi, whose "smart cartoony artwork matches Black's perfect comic timing" ( The New York Times Book Review ), have paired up again to showcase the antics of an adorable little boy who just doesn't want to get dressed. After his bath, the little boy begins his hilarious dash around the house...in the buff! Being naked is great. Running around, sliding down the stairs, eating cookies. Nothing could be better. Unless he had a cape...
Author: 
Bridget Heos; Joy Ang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780547773575
When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy's mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, "Billy's disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime." Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor and cartoonish illustrations make this the perfect baby-shower gift for a mustachioed father-to-be.
Author: 
Eric Litwin; James Dean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780062110589
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.
Author: 
Hervé Tullet
ISBN: 
9780811879545
PRESS HERE,MIX IT UP! and nowLET'S PLAY! Collect all three interactive books from Hervé Tullet! Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!
Author: 
Eric Litwin; James Dean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780061906220
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. Don't miss Pete's other adventures, including Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, and Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Supports the Common Core State Standards
Author: 
Deborah Diesen; Dan Hanna (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780374360962
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER Deep in the water, Mr. Fish swims about With his fish face stuck In a permanent pout. Can his pals cheer him up? Will his pout ever end? Is there something he can learn From an unexpected friend? Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in this fun fish story that's sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down. The Pout-Pout Fish is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Author: 
Ed Emberley
ISBN: 
9780316017626
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.
Author: 
Anna Dewdney
ISBN: 
9780670062409
Yucky music, great big feet. Ladies smelling way too sweet. Look at knees and stand in line. Llama Llama starts to whine. Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can't leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he's having a full-out tantrum! Mama quickly calms him down, but she also realizes that they need to make shopping more fun for both of them. Parents and children are sure to recognize themselves in this fun-to-read follow-up to the popular Llama Llama Red Pajama .
Author: 
Karen Beaumont; Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780152019792
It's raining cats and dogs! Good thing Rover is snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse--until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who's the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn't quite so crowded after all!
Author: 
Karen Beaumont; David Catrow (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780152024888
A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here comes Mama! Karen Beaumont's zippy text and David Catrow's zany illustrations turn an infamous childhood activity into raucous storytime fun, giving a silly twist to the fine art of self-expression.
Author: 
Lisa Wheeler; Laura Huliska-Beith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780316988940
After a variety of animals get stuck one by one in bubble gum melting in the road, they must survive encounters with a big blue truck and a burly black bear.
Author: 
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
ISBN: 
9780670035991
"BATH TIME!" calls out the pirate mommy. "ARGHHH!" answer her little pirates. It's time to walk the plank for these two pirate pretenders. To the refrain of "Yo ho, yo ho, it's off to the bath we go!" the pirates and their mommy make their way to a bath full of ships and suds and even a pirate rubber ducky. After all hands on deck have been soaped and swabbed, it's time for a little pirate treasure of ice cream before bedtime! Whether bath-lovers or bath-haters, children are sure to get caught up in this spirited adventure on the high seas of the bathtub.
Author: 
Carol Roth; Pamela Paparone (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780735816466
Here comes the school bus, beep, beep, beep! Step right up and take a seat with a sleepy sheep, a squirmy worm, a hairy bear, a quick, quick chick, a fox with socks, a pig in a wig, and a goat in his coat, and ride the bus to school, to school, and ride the bus to school! The bouncy, rhyming text and the bright, witty pictures make The Little School Bus a ride that children will want to take over and over again.
Author: 
Philemon Sturges; Bonnie Lass; Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780316820165
This text is a fun adaptation of the classic playground song. Help Skunk solve the mystery as he asks each of his animal friends, Mouse, Raven, Squirrel, Rabbit, Turtle, Raccoon, Snake, Beaver, and Frog, who took the cookie from the cookie jar?
Author: 
Jillian Lund
ISBN: 
9780525461517
Frank the coyote is back--and he's cool as ever in this playful follow-up to Way Out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank. But this time around, Frank faces a tough problem. His sidekick, Angelina, moves away! Soon, though, a new pup moves in, and Frank learns to appreciate another playmate--while always remembering his old pal's special qualities.Saying farewell to a friend is hard, even when you're a coyote with plenty of tarantulas to tickle and bold southwestern vistas to admire. With Jillian Lund's trademark warm colors and simple language, Two Cool Coyotes features a lovable hero who makes the best of this dilemma. The book also provides a simple introduction to the other creatures of desert habitats. One thing is certain: readers will share Frank's discoveries about friendship while having a howling good time. After all, that's what coyote friends do best way out west.
Author: 
Jules Feiffer
ISBN: 
9780062051851
"Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog. And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack." What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.
Author: 
David Shannon
ISBN: 
9780590930024
Named a 1999 Caldecott Medal honor book. When author and artist David Shannon was five years old, he wrote a semi-autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother's rules. He chewed with his mouth open, jumped on the furniture, and he broke his mother's vase. As a result, all David ever heard his mother say was "No, David!"
Author: 
Bernard Most
ISBN: 
9780152012526
When the rooster wakes up with laryngitis, he must quickly think of how to awaken the farm animals. Maybe the cow can take his place. The cow tries "Mock-a-moodle-moo!" "Sock-a-noodle-moo!" And finally, "Cock-a-doodle-MOO!" And the ducks, the pigs, and the other farm animals wake up with a laugh! "Lots of fun for little ones, individually or in groups."-- Booklist
Author: 
Virginia Walter; Ponder Goembel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780531087350
While a young girl waits for the delivery of a hot pizza, she provides the appropriate animal sounds for a variety of pretend animal pizza deliverers.
Author: 
Jeff Sheppard; Dennis Panek (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780027824551
As one familiar creature after another topples into the water, each makes itscharacteristic sound. The bold and colorful animals splashed across the pageswill tickle toddlers, who can squeak and moo right along with them.