Join Capitol Choices this year! We have confirmed meeting dates for 2017:
Those dates with an * indicate that a Board meeting will follow the regular discussion. All meetings will take place starting at 9:30 in the Auditorium at Arlington Central Library.
Help Celebrate the new Saturday Hours of the Young Reader's Center at the Library of Congress on Sat. January 28 between 9:30 and 4:30. Meg Medina and Dr. Hayden will present at 10, Erica Perl at 1. There will be lots of other activities and a surprise parade at 4.
Bixby Alexander Tam ("Bat") doesn't always remember the polite things he is supposed to say to his classmates. Bat likes his routines, tolerates the afternoons when his big sister babysits, and navigates their every-other-weekend trips to stay with their dad. When Bat's mom, a veterinarian, brings home a skunk kit from her practice, animal-obsessed Bat sets out to convince her to let Bat care for the baby until it is ready for release to the wild. A third-grader negotiating typical childhood experiences like making a friend and wanting a pet, Bat's vulnerabilities make for a sympathetic, relatable character sure to appeal to early elementary readers. Bat exhibits neuroatypical behaviors often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but no labels are applied here. Simple illustrations interspersed throughout the story capture the warmth of the family. ~ Kit Ballenger
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
This fascinating story about a slave-turned-successful-veterinarian and his genius horse who toured the country in the early 1900s teaches the value of perseverance and the necessity of kindness. Minter's warm and detailed paintings work perfectly with the text to tell the story of this unbelievable duo. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.
Red Panda tries his luck beyond the walls of the run-down zoo and convinces Hippo to join him and become a "Hippopotamister". Together they wear many hats in many jobs, searching for the one that fits them just right. A tale of humorous adventures and the quest for special talents that children will connect with. Anonymous.
With minimal text and simple oil drawings, Cecil tells the story of three characters who lives intersect each day: Lucy, a stray dog who dreams of her former home; Eleanor, a young girl who feeds Lucy and wishes the dog was her own; and Sam, Eleanor's father who is trying to find the confidence to show off his talent to others. Meaghan McKeron. 7-10
Poetic text and lush, dreamlike illustrations, convey the mysteries of the nocturnal landscape, and connect two children who sleep on opposite sides of the ocean. A lovely bedtime tale with universal themes. Up to Seven.
An astonishing alphabet of Ecuadorean cloud forest inhabitants celebrates the discovery of a new mammal, the olinguito, in Spanish and in English. Notable for its careful description of a unique habitat as well as its endlessly interesting illustrations. The Spanish text is primary: it is full of rhyme and alliteration. The English translation is not forced into the alphabet or rhyme scheme but is still lyrical. Delacre's collage imagery includes real pressed flowers and leaves and a find-the-biologist puzzle. Solid back matter completes this cleverly conceived and beautifully executed picture book. (7-10) K. Isaacs
Mix and match fun! All kinds of silly animals can be created with this board book. Vertically split pages with heads and tails of seven different animals allow lots of combinations! The mixed media illustrations of each animal are in a variety of colors on white backgrounds. A different kind of board book for the youngest readers! -Ruth Anne Champion
War sick humans are coming and Peter's father is joining them. Peter must move 300 miles away to live with his grandfather. Pax, Peter's fox, cannot join him. Thus begins the epic journeys of Peter and Pax to find each other and themselves. Curran-Dorsano expertly narrates these journeys, finding the universal story of growing up that all living animals experience. Audiobook. Paula Langsm