Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
This view shows all of the books in this age group that have been selected in years past and nominated for the current year (but not yet selected). The nominations are marked by a "Nomination(not yet selected):" label.
This is the life of a little cloud who plays hide and seek between skyscrapers and cozily naps on the moon's curve. Carter's peaceful, slow and relaxed reading matches the fanciful mood of the book. Includes additional comical voices for the other characters in the story and background nature noises that correspond with the illustrations. Track 3 offers a song about Cloudette but it doesn't mirror the text. AUDIOBOOK Anne Womack
This is the alphabet presented as a collection of careers and occupations such as acrobats, builders and my personal favorite...yogis in a pose! Pleasant, happy narrative voice with enthusiastic children's voices shouting out each letter. Includes a helpful ding sound to alert children when to turn the page. An additional track is the text of the book in song format written and performed by the narrator. [Audiobook] Anne Womack
This clever approach to naming fifty animals and showing their size relationships follows a small frog to the penultimate large elephant waiting to climb aboard the biggest of all, a whale, for its “jumbo coaster” ride (revealed on facing fold-out double-spreads). Birds keep them in line while they play Word Chain with animal names, and pithy, humorous comments connect the animals pictured on ample white space allowing readers to see their features. Up to Seven. Lynda Adamson
How does a brown bear eat? The text, using both internal and external rhyme that flawlessly scans for reading aloud, follows a female through a year’s cycle, searching for food, mating, and feeding new-born cubs during its hibernation. Torn-paper collages of colorful scenery define its repetitive journeys to “Find food? Where?” but varies as it drinks, digs, scratches, and hunts. Careful word choice subtly notes both animals and plants that the bear consumes. And the pads of its feet playfully appear in front of a mass of fur while it lies prone hollowing out its den. Backmatter enhances the text. Up to Seven. Lynda Adamson
A colorful and festive retelling of this folktale is enhanced with the expressive narration, background music and utterances of the bugs in this audiobook production. The alliteration and rich vocabulary of the groovy bug band is “all abuzz.” Meaning is made known when the F chord is not only mentioned but played. Sophisticated vocabulary choices like “rasped”, “hoisting” and “complete abandon” are made clear through the pairing of the illustrations and the background sounds woven through the expressive enunciation of the narrator. The recording is available with or without page turn prompts. Audio. Lena Gonzalez Berrios.
Mr. Wuffles shows no interest in the cat toys his owner buys him, but a small spaceship definitely catches his interest. The aliens manage to escape the cat's grasp and reach a sanctuary behind the radiator. With the aid of the ants who live there, they repair their spaceship. Wiesner's storytelling needs no words (unless you count the alien language space balloons!) As an added bonus, this book answers the question of just what is the cat staring at!! Up to Seven. Debra Nelson
After Sophie draws a face on the squash her mother bought at the farmer's market, it becomes her favorite doll but, like all squash, Bernice eventually grew soft. A satisfying story of friendship and vegetables told with humor and affection and illustrated to match. Up to Seven. K. Isaacs
Whimsical adventures abound in this first picture book publication by author/illustrator Annesley Williams. A free spirited young girl encounters adventures at every turn of the page. The succinct and thought-provoking text is brought to life with skilled pencil and gouache illustrations, depicting pretend and creative play. The child invites the reader to accompany her on the high seas, catching stars, walking a tightrope, going into outer space and more. Williams is adept at conveying the liberating feeling that children have when they let their imaginations run wild. Up to Seven. Lena Gonzalez-Berios
This lovely board book follows little mouse as he is heading home to his family. Oh no! He can't remember the way! With a clever use of die-cuts, little mouse espies eyes in the dark and when the reader turns the page, the creature is identified. The refrain, "Run home, Little Mouse, as fast as you can!" follows as the reader cheers for the mouse. In actually the creatures are predators of mice but that is not shown at all. In fact, the creatures seem friendly and benign so little ones will not make that connection. In the end, little mouse makes it home safe and sound. This is an import from Germany and uses an unusual palette that works beautifully. Little ones will happily cheer for little mouse as he heads home for the night. Up to Seven. Joan Kindig
Rocco's expressively tough yet vulnerable illustrations of characters hits the mark in this funny homage/take-off of the great superhero trope. Here a boy loses his powers along with his wonderfully large and unkempt 'fro, but with a happy and appropriately childish ending. Up to Seven. Rhona Campbell