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
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. - Kit Ballenger
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)
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
A boy and his dog, what could be better for a picture book, but his only gets better as both learn about each other and their world. Perkins reminds us that both are "pups" and defines for us Frank's interests (Botany is about plants, Entomology is Science about bugs). Big words interspersed eith wonderful pictures of Frank's adventures chasing ducks and squirrels and deer and looking at the stars together. And there are even predicting the future questions. Science and dogs and boys, what could be better. Up to Seven. Edie Ching. Moved to 7-10.
A story about responsibility, here of a boy to the fox he raised from a kit, of a father to a son, of humans in the face of way. It looks as big issues, like what war does to humans and animals, physically (both a human and an animal are maimed)and emotionally. Peter, the boy who regrets his "desertion" goes on a mission that rescues more than he expected and his fox also goes on a journey of his own. Told alternately from the point of view of the boy and the fox, reading this is a journey for all. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching
Lonely and misunderstood because of her obsessive behaviors and unconventional interest in homonyms, Rose finds welcome companionship with the dog her father brings home—and her tenacity and sense of fairness ultimately triumph.
Oils painted over old linotype and landscapes along with technical wizardry illustrate this entertaining tale of a boy who believes a moose he names Marcel is his. Bubbles show Wilfred’s visual and verbal thoughts during his discovery that the moose belongs to everyone--and no one.
Abby and neighbor Weird Noah fiercely compete for the honor of taking home the class pet duck, even though their teacher Mrs. Melvino makes the task especially difficult. Many humorous pencil drawings enhance this story and its requirement of unexpected cooperation between an unlikely pair.