Monday, November 8, 2010

Missouri Building Blocks (Part One)

Building Block Award Nominees 
(Part One)

“The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Children's Services Round Table 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. Parents and other caregivers are encouraged to read aloud to children from a list of ten titles selected annually by a group of Missouri children's librarians”  (Source:

·        “I Can Do It Myself!” by Diane Adams (2009) Emily Pearl is a big girl who insists on doing everything for herself until evening, when having someone help her get ready for bed is nice.

·        “The Great Dog Wash” by Shellie Braeuner (2009) Rhyming text welcomes the reader to a dog wash that goes awry when someone brings their cat.

·        “Put It On the List” by Kristen Darbyshire (2009) When family members see the consequences of forgetting to write things on the grocery list, they not only do better at keeping the list up-to-date, they also help with the shopping to ensure they never again eat pickled grubs.

·        “The Pout Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen (2009) The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise.

·        “The Birthday Pet” by Ellen Javernick (2009) Danny can have a pet for his birthday and he knows exactly what he wants, but the other members of his family think differently.

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