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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."
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).
Title with four bears and one panda in a line-up
Sujean
Rim
Little, Brown
2017
Pandas Chee-Kee Loo and his parents arrive in Bearland, where some of their customs aren't familiar to the ursine residents. As Chee-Kee tries to fit in, he encounters barriers and misunderstandings typical of the immigrant experience. Child-friendly mixed-media illustrations make this an inviting introduction for young readers to one of the most-discussed issues of the day. Up to Seven. -Todd Krueger
Lemony
Snicket
Lisa
Brown
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
2017
This book sweetly answers the age old question of where does the dead goldfish go. Not down the toilet in this case. Instead this goldfish becomes a ghost, looking for a place to "settle down". There are lots of little clues here of the goldfish's "former" life, the title of books lying about, a banner from Cape Cod. The illustrations are warm and give a strong sense of place, the beach, the town, other wanderings. A nice alternative to all of those other dead fish stories. Edie Ching (up to 7).
Laurel
Snyder
Emily
Hughes
Chronicle
2017
With a tone similar to Little Bear, Charlie and his brother have adventures large and small that involve their parents and their many friends, of all ethnicities. I particularly enjoyed the snack at Sakamoto's Shave Ice. Their conversations are very natural and child like as are their actions. Look for our own children to ask for a bed-time popsicle. The illustrations enhance the story perfectly. A lovely package. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Carmen Agra
Deedy
Eugene
Yelchin
Scholastic Press
2017
A morality story about community, freedom, individuality and passion. A community that gets annoyed by noise gets a leader who tries to shut all noise out and have total control. But one rooster refuses to be silent, even when he is threatened with death. His song may grow darker as hardships are imposed, but he will still sing and we get his song almost every other page. There's lots of sunshine on many of the pages, especially when the rooster is in full song, and the dark pages still have the song. An author's note at the end reminds us not to temper our song or stop singing. Edie Ching (up to 7).
Peter H.
Reynolds,
Scholastic (Orchard)
2017
With his lively art and careful prose, Reynolds creates a dreamer who is quiet, loud, colorful, unique. Not always happy or in step with expectations, his lively child always finds a way back, letting us know "I'm really good at being me". The main character is "unisex" and almost always in motion. While there is clearly a message her, it is an important one and you can't finish this book without feeling good about the character and hopefully yourself. Edie Ching (up to 7)
A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans
Emily
Jenkins
Chris
Appelhans
Penguin (Schwartz & Wade/Random House)
2017
A playful romp between unlikely companions, the whirling text and escalating rhymes will delight young listeners. Watercolor illustrations in muted tones capture the animals' exuberance and exhausted delight. With skillful wordplay and a spiraling pace, the book begs to be read aloud (but may leave the reader as tired as the two friends). Up to Seven. -Kit Ballenger