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.
Exquisitely detailed and stunningly realistic illustrations combine with a lyrical text to capture the complexity of life within this unique, yet diminishing, ecosystem, whose resources are threatened by ever encroaching human development.
What can one person do? This inspirational picture book biography answers that question by showing how Wangari Maathai, recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, led others to plant three million trees and reforest the arid soil of Kenya.
Chin uses an imaginative story with beautiful illustrations to present factual information about the coast redwoods. The text is clear and concise. The watercolor illustrations are detailed and use varying perspectives to portray a visual narrative. Past and present are blended with urban and natural worlds to convey the majesty and endurance of the tree and its forest.
A boy becomes magically immersed into the life, history and majesty of the California Redwood rainforest after finding a book titled “Redwoods” on a bench in the city subway. Realistic watercolor illustrations are paired with an imaginative blend of nonfiction and fantasy.