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.
In the spirit of Press Here, readers re asked to tap, clap, shake and interact with this book in many different ways. Each action changes the tree which is the primary focus of the illustrations. Leaves bud, then become fully formed, then flowers, then fruit until the entire seasonal cycle is complete. The language is fun too, I love the idea of rubbing a tree to make it feel warm, and words like jiggle and wiggle (which points out the gentle rhyme which is also a part of the charm of the story). The conclusion isn't as predicatable as one might think. Up to Seven. Edie Ching. (This title will appear on the September agenda.)
Reid offers readers and listeners an open-ended invitation to looking at trees in a different way. This imaginative celebration of all kinds of trees in all kinds of weather is made even more appealing by her unique illustrations, done with plasticine, which include both astonishing detail and fuel for the imagination. Up to Seven. Kathy Isaacs
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.