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."
Although it begins with a brief biographical look at John F. Kennedy, the author turns to a look at the Civil Rights Movement and Kennedy’s initial avoidance of the issue. The text shows how Kennedy came around to action and focuses on his challenging speech in 1963. It ends with a challenge to the reader to continue the movement. Nominated by Bridget Harvey (7-10)
Simon & Schuster (Margaret K. McElderry)
A boy and dog story like no other, thanks in part to Strouse's evocative illustration which move across the page as we move across time. A boy "finds" a dog and then, because of injury, has to give the dog up. He doesn't forget him but he doesn't spend the time with him he maybe should (time intervenes). But even as time passes affection does not. The language is simple but expresses the joys and tribulations of life as well as the hard work involved in growing up. The books is beautifully presented in all respects. Edie Ching (up to 7).
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
The authors, a husband and wife team, bring to this book about the "partnership" of two people whose lives and work are deeply entwined a sense of what collaboration is all about and how it impacts relationships and identities. The book looks at the influence both subjects had on the world of photography, how they attempted to sway the public about international events and the risks they took to tell the events that took place before their eyes. The Spanish Civil War is an important subject in this book as is the impact of photojournalism. It is also a strong depiction of a woman who would not be deterred and while a companion of a talented man, developed her own talent and insisted on her own work and recognition. A book with broad appeal and lots to excite further exploration. (Ten to Fourteen)
When Pug's owner, Lady Miranda, gives him a sea captain's hat to wear to a birthday party, the water-fearing dog takes his new title seriously and finds himself in the midst of many adventures in the sea. This quirky and humorous beginner chapter book features ink drawings with bursts of orange and blue. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.
This book is a series of double-paged spreads, basically "before" and "after." Sometimes very literal, sometimes with a humorous spin, each spread will ask readers to figure out the series of events. Likely, children will be inspired to create their own spreads. Up to 7. Jamie Watson
The Hate U Give follows sixteen-year-old Starr's difficult journey after witnessing the shooting of one of her best friends at the hands of an officer. Bahni Turpin takes this already moving and important story and breathes even more power into Starr as she finds her voice amidst the chaos. The interactions - both serious and humorous - between Starr and her family and friends come alive through Turpin's nuanced narration. Meaghan McKeron. Audiobooks.
Famous poet John Keats' whimsical letter to his sister is re-imagined in this illustrated version of "A Song About Myself." Raschka's imaginative watercolor paintings work well with the text to tell the story of a young boy who's itch for creativity and exploration made him "a naughty boy." Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
A great read for "particular" readers with short descriptions of important choices sports figures have made over their careers and rules for playing the game of sports and life. Simple but powerful points supplemented with strong illustrations that add a "punch" to the text. After Rule 52 there is even attention to Overtime and Tenacity. Broad appeal to children and the adults who should share this book with them as there is room for lots of conversation (Edie Ching 10-14 but could be for all ages).
Jade, a collage artist, is a scholarship student at an exclusive private high school. There she’s given opportunities to participate in a mentoring program for “at-risk” girls, and enroll in a free SAT prep class. She takes every opportunity that’s offered, while questioning the role of race and white privilege in these offerings. The police beating of a black teen at a house party in a nearby city moves Jade to assemble the diverse pieces of her life together in a public and powerful way. (14 and up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies)
Only Jon Klassen, working with the text of Mac Barnett could make a triange look devious, devilish AND purposeful. This beautifully constructed book has a very simple premise, Triangle walks from his house (looking very purposeful) to that of his friend Square, in order to play a sneaky trick. There are no secondary characters here giving hints, there is lots of repetition of simple (and not so simple) words and a HEAVY emphasis on what are triangles, what are squares and those shapes with no names. Could one make the argument that this is a concept book? If one was so inclined, but really this is a book about friends, and tricksters and being purposeful or not. Edie Ching (up to 7)