State & National Book Awards

Building Block Award | The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, sponsored and selected by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI), is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries and is designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age.

2016 Winner: Bunnies!!!, by Kevan Atteberry

Show Me Reader Award | The Winner of the annual Show Me Readers Award is selected by students in grades one through three. The purpose of the Show Me Readers Award is to promote literature, literacy, and reading in Missouri elementary schools for grades one through three and to promote recognition of authors and illustrators of books that are favorites of Missouri children in these grades.

2017 Winner: Strongheart: The World's First Movie Star Dog, written & illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Mark Twain Award | The winner of the Mark Twain Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades four through six. The purpose of the Mark Twain Award is to provide children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives.

2017 Winner: A Million Ways Home, by Dianna Dorisi-Winget


Caldecott Medal Award | The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2017 Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

Newbery Award | The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2017 Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill