2021 Missouri Building Block Nominees

Listed below are the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees for 2021! These books encourage reading aloud to children and are selected annually by a group of librarians from Missouri.

Read to your child at least five of the books from the following list of 10 titles, and then vote for your favorite. If you want to check out all of the books at once, pick up a Missouri Building Block Kit.

Voting is open to children in kindergarten and younger and goes through December. The winner will be announced in February.

The Pigeon Has to Go to School!

The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks and what the teacher and other birds will think of him.

The Farm That Mac Built

The Farm That Mac Built” written by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
The scarecrow from Old MacDonald’s farm narrates an Animal Theater production of “The House that Jack Built,” but animals that do not belong on a farm keep upstaging him.

One Red Sock

One Red Sock” by Jennifer Sattler
When a little purple hippo cannot find the mate for her red sock, she tries everything in her sock drawer in order to be fashionable — or at least to match.

The Book HogThe Book Hog” by Greg Pizzoli
The Book Hog loves books and has a large collection, although he never learned to read.

Bear Came Along

Bear Came Along” by Richard T Morris
An assortment of animals living separate lives discover they need each other when they have a chance encounter on a river.


Saturday” by Oge Mora
When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.

Crocodiles Need Kisses TooCrocodiles Need Kisses Too” written by Rebecca Colby, illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan
Illustrations and rhyming text inform the reader that, despite quills, claws, fangs and more, animals, like children, all need love and affection.

Bad Dog by Mike BoldtBad Dog” by Mike Boldt
A little girl gets a cat as a new pet but insists it’s a dog, even if it doesn’t act very dog-like.

StompStomp” by Ian Aurora
This book encourages readers to stomp around when they are happy and with friends.I Want a DogI Want A Dog” by Jon Agee
A girl seeks her perfect pet at an unusual animal shelter.

Click here to learn more about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award.