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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."
Benjamin
Strouse
Jennifer
Phelan
Simon & Schuster (Margaret K. McElderry)
2017
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).
Marc
Aronson
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
2017
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)
Captain Pug
Laura
James
Eglantine
Ceulemans
Bloomsbury
2017
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.
Eric
Veille
Gecko
2017
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
Angie
Thomas
Bahni
Turpin
HarperCollins
2017
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.
A Song About Myself
John
Keats
Chris
Raschka
Candlewick
2017
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.
Kwame
Alexander
Thai
Neave
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
2017
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).
Renée
Watson
Bloomsbury
2017
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)
Mac
Barnett
Jon
Klassen
Candlewick
2017
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)
MAX
Max
Sarah
Cohen-Scali
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
2017

Starting in 1939, Nazi Germany began a Lebensborn program to provide the Reich with 'perfect' specimens of the Aryan race by carefully selecting women to birth the future generation. Max is such a child. This first person account begins in the womb and we follow Max through a "coming of age" story (though the book ends as the war does so Max never even reaches adolescence). Fiercely and unquestionably loyal, his faith is tested through his time at a training school, his "friendship" with another student (who is really a Jew) and his observations and experiences as the war progress unfavorably. An ambitious story, this is a new aspect of Nazi terror and the ramifications of the belief in a superior race. Edie Ching (14 and up).