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.
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)
This audio for a collection of vignettes about young Anna’s “amazing Africa” only adds to the sensorial flavor of self, social awareness, and the humor of life with her lively extended West African family. Ade-salu’s clear and melodic voice adeptly switches between the narration and the characters’ distinctive accents.
The twins have always shared their bed and blanket, but now it is time for something new. Colorful mixed-media illustrations set against ample white space and ingenious use of the gutter illustrate this story of growing up separate but the same.
A normal-sized boy in a family of giants proves that stature is more about character, wit, and determination than size. Realistic oil paintings make the most of the contrasting sizes and shapes in this original tall tale.
While reluctantly driving his blind, cynical, and verbally abusive great uncle to bridge tournaments and turning cards for him, Alton, 17, discovers the strategies of bridge along with the subtleties of family relationships and romance in this humorous and moving novel. Sacher's narration of the audio captures Alton's mixed emotions about his family and his slowly awakening awareness that he enjoys learning how to play bridge.