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.
Author and illustrator learn they must work together despite artistic differences, or the book they each imagine will never exist. The story about Chloe differentiates from the story of the story through cartoon art including balsa backdrops, Sculpey clay figures, and computer graphics.
Lion is a bully and he has been downright mean to the other animals. None of them are brave enough to make Lion stop so they put an ad in the paper for someone who will. Bear, Moose, and Tiger all try to make Lion stop but each, in turn, fails. The last applicant is rabbit and everyone thinks his attempt will be ludicrous. But is it brains or brawn (or a little trick!) that will settle this once and for all? The bully gets his comeuppance and readers have a laugh at his expense. Great fun! - Joan Kindig
Clive Campbell, the soon to be DJ Kool Herc, was a Jamaican boy living in a desolate neighborhood in the South Bronx who dreamed of rocking the party. Eventually Herc's creativity and innovation would lay the groundwork for the new art form of hip hop. Hill and Taylor's book is a vibrant mix of playful language, rich illustration, and legendary lyrics that befits a trailblazer's biography from the lively mashup culture that is hip hop. Extensive back matter that includes a timeline round out this positive and hopeful story on the power of art. Seven to Ten. Lizzie Nolan.
Flora, a pig with a heart born for adventure, gets more than her share as part of a shipwrecked expedition to Antarctica where her loyalty and determination to be part of a team turn out to be more important than her food potential. Charming, humorous fantasy about making your dreams come true, just right for readers who still have a place in their hearts for talking animals. This would be a great read-aloud. Seven to Ten. K. Isaacs
In 1891 a compassionate pastor provided food and shelter for orphans he found by the train tracks. Those orphans in turn exceeded the pastor's biggest dreams! They studied music and practiced on instruments donated by the community (instruments formerly played by Confederate soldiers!)eventually creating their own jazz, ragtime music inspired by the orphan's gechee and Gullah ancestors. The Jenkins Orphanage Band played at President Teddy Roosevelt's inaugural parade as well as for King George V in London! A story that needs to be shared. Seven to Ten. Anne Womack
In a series of short free verse poems, Grimes catches perfectly the anguish of a young girl whose parents have recently separated. Gabriella finds that escaping in the words she loves helps her cope with her sadness, but it also causes her to daydream when she needs to pay attention. A thoughtful teacher helps Gabriella’s frustrated mother realize that dreams and words can be as valuable as practicality. (This title would work best for 9-12 year-olds.) Seven to Ten. Lynda Adamson
Lalla admires the malafas that women in her Mauritanian town in the Sahara Desert wear because they look mysterious, royal, traditional, and beautiful. After her mother wraps one around her and they go to pray, she realizes that the malafa represents even more. The vivid imagery coupled with the colors of these seemingly simple illustrations underscore the story’s unusual and unfamiliar topic that an endnote clarifies. Seven to Ten. Lynda Adamson
Catherine Thimmesh focuses on the new developments in paleontology with regard to the outward appearance of dinosaurs. She teams with a group of six acclaimed paleoartists who have worked with museums, movie studios, and magazines to properly depict dinosaurs based on the latest research. This includes the discoveries made in the past two decades of the existence of feathers on many dinosaurs. The author, a Sibert medalist, explains in kid-friendly terminology how scientists have come to current conclusions, and how each future discovery can change their minds. (A repeated, unfortunate red-text-on-green-background color combination on some captions is notable, but does not detract too severely from an otherwise compelling package.) Seven to Ten. -Todd Krueger
Puerto Rican parrots, endangered to the point of near-extinction, are slowly making a comeback thanks to a recovery program started back in 1968. This striking picture book opens vertically so readers can look into the treetops where parrots live. Intertwining Puerto Rican history with a piece of environmental good news, the author and illustrator have created something remarkable. Seven to Ten. Kathy Isaacs
Kenichi (Zeni) Zenimura was wild about baseball despite his small stature and his disapproving parents. He was determined to be a ball player and although he never made it to the major leagues, he did carve a career for himself in his favorite sport. Along came WWII and the ill-advised policy of placing Japanese-Americans (who were American citizens, mind you) into Internment camps. The camps were a hardship in every way. Physically they were minimal and bleak, the surroundings in the desert bleaker still, and the crushing blow that their own government imprisoned them was the worst of all. Zeni decides that baseball will make all the difference for those interred with him and with the help of everyone in camp (including the one who runs it) they construct a baseball field, bleachers, fashion uniforms, and get all the gloves, bat, and balls they need. This is particularly compelling because of baseball's status as THE American sport. These "suspected" colluders turn to baseball to make their lives bearable in a terrible situation. Seven to Ten. Joan Kindig