The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest of Missouri Library Association (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. Activity sheets are also included for each nominee.
The John Steptoe New Talent Award is established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged within a given year within the structure of the two awards given annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force. (Winners located in B.D. Owens Library and Horace Mann Library)
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. (Winners located in B.D. Owens Library and Horace Mann Library)
The NCTE [National Council of Teachers of English] Orbis Pictus Award was established in 1989 for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children. (Winners located in B.D. Owens Library and Horace Mann Library)
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. (Robert F. Silbert Award Winners and Honor Books)