Here is a wonderful way to find some new and different books to read to your children. Each year, a group of Missouri children's librarians get together and select ten books to share with our customers. These nominees have been selected for a variety of reasons including introducing children to diverse themes, cultures, and topics. Personally, I always find them to be great when read aloud. They are written by a variety of authors and illustrators of children's books, including Missouri authors, illustrators, and themes, when possible.
The Building Block Award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read aloud to children from birth through kindergarten.
Here is a list of the ten titles selected for this year. Voting for this award will take place from September 1 through December 31, 2011. Click on this link to find the current Missouri Building Block Nominees.
The Missouri Building Block award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by children not yet in 1st grade. Each year, 10 books are nominated. In order to be eligible to vote, children must read or listen to at least five of the nominated books. Ballots are available at the circulation desk. Voting will continue through December 31st; however, we ask that children vote only once.
Come one, come all...all not yet in first grade that is. It is that time of year again when children not yet in the first grade get to vote for their favorite Missouri Building Block Picture Book. This year's nominees are:
So many of our families enjoyed reading the 2011 Missouri Building Block Award book to their kids, and it was a lot of fun getting to see which ones the kids enjoyed the most. Last year, with Pete the Cat written by Eric Litwin winning the race and becoming the new Missouri Building Block Award Winner, the bar has been set high for this coming year’s round of books.
Ah, the quiet. You may enjoy it, but we just don't know what to do with it. Despite the old stereotype of the librarian shushing excited children, libraries generally aren't like quiet places anymore. We have programming for adults, teens, and kids. That can be movies, music...the occasional parrot, but it's rarely followed by shushing.
But right now, it is quiet. What can I say? With the kids back in school and shift in weather seemingly moving from summer straight to fall, we're left with downtime.
Have you ever read a children's book that you loved and wished you could give it an award? You can do just that with Missouri's 2012 Building Block Picture Book Award. Ten books have been nominated to receive this award, and your child can vote at your local MCPL for the one he or she likes best.
Press Here by Herve Tullet is a Building Block nominee for 2012. Without so much as a single tab to pull or flap to lift, this might be the most interactive picture book of the year. The concept is so simple, yet creates magic power for a young child’s mind.
The first page asks you to press here and turn the page. As you press on the yellow dot in the center of the page, two dots appear on the page. The book progresses on with more dots and colors are added to the magic.
Every year the Youth Services division of the Missouri Library Association votes on the best books for preschool aged children. Only 10 books have the honor of being nominated for the Building Block Award, and only one of those titles can hold the top spot! The winner is determined by the children who come in to cast their ballots!