Capitol Choices membership for 2017 is currently being updated. Whether this will be your first year in Capitol Choices or your fifteenth, you need to sign-up! If you would like to be on the Capitol Choices membership list for 2017 (necessary to nominate and vote), please e-mail Darcie Caswell (email@example.com) with your name, preferred e-mail, and reading group you will be part of. Members from last year, if you find your Capitol Choices website login no longer works, that means you need to e-mail Darcie and re-new!
Noted author Ann Bausum will receive the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C.'s Non-Fiction Award on Saturday April 29 at a luncheon at Clyde's restaurant. There will be an opportunity to purchase her books and have them signed as well as hear Ann talk about her work. The event is at Clyde's Gallery Place from noon to 3 p.m. . Tickets are $35 and may be ordered through the Guild web site childrensbookguild.org or by mail with a check to the guild c/o Terry Jennings, 1836 Post Oak Trail, Reston, Va. 20191.
Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
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.
Tonatiuh highlights the Latino-American struggle for equality and integration through this incredibly accessible retelling of Sylvia Menez’s school experiences.His unique illustrations add rich and compelling texture to the story.
What do midges, maggots, lizards, fungi, and monkeys have to do with a favorite chocolate bar? Ink and warm watercolor images featuring bookworms watching and commenting on the action reveal that without them, chocolate could not exist.
Bright, stylized illustrations show young Jamaican Clive’s passion for music. He moved to New York’s Bronx and transformed into DJ Kool Herc by using two turntables to play hip-hop breaks for adoring street dancers, thereby creating a new American music form.
Short free-verse chapters capture Gabby’s anguish with her parents’ separation, her new school, and wanting an understanding friend. Her daydreaming damages study, but a thoughtful teacher’s guidance reveals to her the beauty of words and wonders in writing.
When Alex receives a bunny book on his birthday, he alters the text and transforms the illustrations in oil paint with his pencil. In his newly chaotic world, he becomes a hero by stopping Battle Bunny‘s evil plan to destroy the forest.
Looking for excitement, a young girl selects a red marker and draws her way into a magical adventure. This wordless book of lovely pen and ink drawings combined with luminous watercolors creates a rich and exotic fantasy.
Intricate ink-outlined watercolors complement this carefully-researched fictional autobiography of Sarah Margru Kinson, captured at nine in West Africa and forced to sail on the Amistad. Her chronicle reveals terror, fear, and loneliness eventually evolving into education and hope.
Colorfully appealing illustrations filled with numbers and puzzles depict the life of an eccentric but brilliant Hungarian, Paul Erdös. Although he could not butter his bread, he traveled the world unselfishly helping others solve the most challenging mathematical problems.
Charles discovers one-year-old shipwrecked Sophie floating in a cello case. As her guardian, he teaches her to “never ignore a possibility.” When Sophie is twelve, authorities threaten their London life, and they flee to Paris, searching for her mother.