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In Progress List 2018

This list displays the most recent books nominated for Capitol Choices. You can filter by age group by selecting it from the drop-down box and clicking "select."
Corinna
Luyken
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
2017
It all starts with a lightly drawn circle, and then a dot that's too large, and that's how the picture that is found in the middle of this book begins. "Mistakes" advance the story, as they get incorporated into the images and the action. An empty world becomes very full and active by mid book and then reverberates back to the all important question, Do You See, Now, Who she could be? An original look at how art evolves, be it an illustration, or a story, or a song.....let your imagination soar and the "mistakes" begin. (Edie Ching) Up to 7.
Marthe
Jocelyn
Tundra
2017
Sam needs to clean up his toys, but he becomes distracted by all the different ways he can sort them. He sorts by color, shape, pattern and rhyming words. The author adds humor by including pages with things Sam might bite if they were real versus things that would bite Sam if they were real. Each illustration features plenty of details for young readers to look at over and over again, and the paper collage style gives each page a variety of textures. This is a really engaging concept book with a fun narrative. (Megan Crews) Up to 7
Caroline's Comets
Emily Arnold
McCully
Holiday House
2017
A picture book biography of the first professional woman scientist and "The Hunter of Comets". Caroline Herschel first discovered astronomy because of the interest/work of her brother and became his assistant. But later she made discoveries on her own. The difficulties of her life are included here as well as the accomplishments and end notes help clarify some of the points made in the book (i.e. a definition for the word nebulae). The attractive vivid illustrations add to the appeal of the book. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Sherri Duskey
Rinker
Tom
Lichtenheld
Chronicle
2017
With bold active illustrations and lively rhyming text, this duo once again gives us a dawn to dusk visit with a construction site and the big trucks that do the work. The vehicles are described in human terms, stretching, wiping their faces. Challenging language at times, immense/intense, but natural rhyme. Various roles/jobs are described. Two page spreads are intermixed with pages with multiple images that provide a close up view of some jobs. Fun and informative. Edie Ching (up to 7)
SAFE AND SOUND (cover)
Jean
Roussen
Loris
Lora
Other
2017
The gentle rhymes and vintage-styled illustrations of this tender picture book introduce young readers to an eclectic array of animal babies and the cozy comforts of parenting. From burrows to pouches, under wings and in mouths, baby animals lead us through their habitats to a young boy's bedroom. We find him -- with his parents and a menagerie of stuffed animals -- safe, sound, and ready for sleep. A lovely bedtime story. [Flying Eye Books (Nobrow)]. -Kit Ballenger (up to Seven)
BARKUS (book cover)
Patricia
Maclachlan
Marc
Boutavant
Chronicle
2017
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)
Diane
Adams
Claire
Keane
Chronicle
2017
A simple rhyming text that scans naturally, about a young girl's affection for a baby duckling she nurses for a while and then sends on its way. The illustrations are all about the girl and the duck, going through life in a close and loving way. There's not a lot of background to distract. The statements about love are true on many levels, in many circumstances. It is simple and lovely. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Marc
Martin
Chronicle
2017
A journey of the imagination, starting and beginning at home, looking out a window, at a river, wondering where it goes, hither and yon. The language is full and rich, as are the illustrations, reflecting the various landscapes of the River's journey. The river slides and murmurs. A window view expands to lush double page spreads. Lots to see and talk about on every page or just quietly enjoy. Edie Ching (up to 7).
Bear smelling flowers
Lane
Smith
Lane
Smith
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
2017
It was a perfect day in Bert's backyard for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and even Squirrel, until Bear came and made it a perfect day for himself. A perfect way to introduce the idea of point of view. This should make you smile. (Up to 7. K. Isaacs)
Sue
Macy
Matt
Collins
Holiday House
2017
Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926, only 6 years after women got the right to vote. The difficulties of the swim, how Gertrude sustained herself with food and music and the support of her "chase boat" help to point out just what an accomplishment this was. A sport time line on the end pages points out other major sports accomplishments of her decade. A "lost" story that is happily found. Edie Ching (7-10).