2012 Building Block Award Nominees

 Mitchell's license by Hallie Durand

Mitchell never wants to go to bed until, at the age of three years, nine months, and five days he gets his license so that he can drive there--at least until he and the car have a disagreement about what fuel goes in the tank.

 Rrralph by Lois Ehlert

The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying words such as "roof," "rough," "bark," and "wolf."

 I spy with my little eye by Edward Gibbs

Peeking through the pages, children will be able to spot a different colored animal every time, and guess what it is using a simple, factual clue. Bold illustrations and die-cut holes will absorb young readers as they learn about colors and animal names.

 Wonderful book by Leonid Gore

When various forest animals discover a mysterious object in the woods, they each use it for a different purpose, until a boy reads stories aloud from it, much to the animals' delight.

 Dog in boots by Greg Gormley

After reading "Puss in Boots," an adventurous dog sets out to find the perfect pair of shoes to suit his every need.

 Hugless Douglas by David Melling

Douglas the bear wakes up one morning wanting a hug. He unsuccesffully tries hugging a rock, a tall tree, and an odd-feeling bush that runs away. Won't anyone give him a hug?

 If you're hoppy by April Pulley Sayre

In rhyming text reminiscent of the traditional song, "If you're happy and you know it," presents various animals that are hoppy, sloppy, growly, flappy, or slimy, scaly and mean.

 Do you know which ones will grow? by Susan A. Shea

Poses rhyming questions about what grows and what does not using flaps to cover parts of items.

 Is everyone ready for fun? by Jan Thomas

Chicken's cow visitors try to jump, dance, and wiggle on his couch, which is much too tiny for such exuberant activities.

 Press here by Herve Tullet

Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images.