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.
Theodora is a duck who is happy to follow her traditional duck routine. One day, an unusual neighbor moves into the vacant house next door, causing Theodora's world to turn upside-down. Amusing waterfowl situations and hilarious illustrations elevate this graphic-ish work to a level above the norm. And who truly is the odd duck? Seven to Ten. -Todd Krueger
A family of ducklings,following their mother, fall through the grate into a storm sewer but are rescued by the townspeople. Then, "Fireman Dennis knew just what to do." In words and pictures, this homage to Make Way for Ducklings is satisfying storytelling based on an actual incident in Montauk, NY. Up to Seven. Kathy Isaacs
Not until he awakens in spring does Bear remember the story he wanted to tell his friends the previous autumn. Pencil and watercolor illustrations balance with white space to create gentle Bear and the soft colors of changing seasons.
Fascinated by the ducks in a nearby pond, a little girl recounts their day from dawn to dusk. Mallard duck facts cleverly embedded in these beautifully and accurately-rendered mixed-media illustrations backed with ample white space will delight young animal lovers.
Information about the habits of wild fowl, a perfectly designed text for beginning readers, humorous full-color illustrations, and respect for the natural world make this story of a young boy who discovers two hatchlings ideal for budding naturalists.