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2014 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominees

 

"Count the Monkeys" by Mac Barnett

 

The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.                                                                                         

"I Dare You Not to Yawn" by Hélène Boudreau

A comical cautionary tale for bedtime-resistant youngsters which challenges them to avoid yawning, from a dozing dog and a cuddly blanket to endearing baby orangutans who stretch out long arms for a nighttime hug.                                                                                        

"Open Very Carefully" by Nick Bromley

A crocodile falls into a quiet storybook and wreaks havoc on the characters, in a tale that invites youngsters to slam the book shut or find the courage to take a peek inside.                                                                                     

"Ribbit!" by Rodrigo Folgueira

 

When a pig visits a frog pond, sits on a rock, and says only "Ribbit!", news spreads fast but only the wise old beetle has an explanation.                                                                                      

"Little Nelly's Big Book" by Pippa Goodhart 

Little Nelly reads a book that convinces her she is a mouse, so she finds a family of mice who take her in despite the enormous size difference.                                             

"This Little Piggy" by Tim Harrington 

 

Expands on the traditional counting rhyme, revealing exciting things the second set of toes does which inspire the first set to try more "fun stuff" too.                                                                                   

"Mustache Baby" by Bridget Heos

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.

"Moo!" by David LaRochelle

When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country.                                                                                          

"The Watermelon Seed" by Greg Pizzoli 

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.                                      

"That Is NOT A Good Idea!" by Mo Willems 

A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one's inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.                                                                                       
For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award click here.
 

 

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