Join Capitol Choices this year! We have confirmed meeting dates for 2017:
Those dates with an * indicate that a Board meeting will follow the regular discussion. All meetings will take place starting at 9:30 in the Auditorium at Arlington Central Library.
Help Celebrate the new Saturday Hours of the Young Reader's Center at the Library of Congress on Sat. January 28 between 9:30 and 4:30. Meg Medina and Dr. Hayden will present at 10, Erica Perl at 1. There will be lots of other activities and a surprise parade at 4.
A journey of the imagination, starting and beginning at home, looking out a window, at a river, wondering where it goes,hither and yon. The language is full and rich, as are the illustrations, reflecting the various landscapes of the River's journey. The river slides and murmurs. A window view expands to lush double page spreads. Lots to see and talk about on every page or just quietly enjoy. Edie Ching (up to 7).
With his lively art and careful prose, Reynolds creates a dreamer who is quiet, loud, colorful, unique. Not always happy or in step with expectations, his lively child always finds a way back, letting us know "I'm really good at being me". The main character is "unisex" and almost always in motion. While there is clearly a message her, it is an important one and you can't finish this book without feeling good about the character and hopefully yourself. Edie Ching 9up to 7)
In his 11th floor apartment, a boy announces to his mother that there is a bear in the door and then provides a long explanation of how it got there, what it wants, and when it will leave. This shaggy bear story is relayed in an extended conversation that would be perfect for two people to read aloud. Imaginative and funny, in words and pictures. (K.Isaacs. Up to Seven)
A simple book with several puzzles to solve, all revolving around questions that clearly could be asked of the reader; Who forgot shoes? Who stepped in paint? Careful observation reveals the "culprit", sometimes a child, sometimes an animal. The illustrations, cartoon-like, are colorful against a predominantly white background. the book is horizontal with a feel for the wide world and the pages are think boards, allowing for heavy use. Expect it. Edie Ching (Ages 0-7) (This title will appear on the October agenda.)
A complex picture book that explores the possibilities around the creation of a famous painting by Henri Rousseau. The story seems simple but then the artist intervenes, eliminates some characters and lets us know that this is all a dream. An interesting way to create interest in a painting/artists, the creative process, the role of imagination, pretty ambitious for a picture book and successfully done. This is a book that creates all kinds of possibilities. Edie Ching. Up to Seven
With a simple repetitive text Wenzel describes the various observers on the same animal, A CAT. But the illustrations tell us about the emotional context of this viewing...the child sees a warm smiling cat, the dog a slinky mysterious cat (with a BIG bell), the fox, a roly-poly scaredy-cat. Children will enjoy predicting what is to come or talking about why the cat is pictured the way it is. Lots of action on these pages too, a fox just about running across the double page spread, the big watery eyes that are seen through a fish bowl, almost shimmering with the water flow. Original, delightful. Edie Ching. Up to 7.
A young reader overcomes the disappointment she feels upon discovering a special book from her teacher is wordless when a “whisper” tells her to imagine the words. Beautiful mixed media artwork sparks the imagination and magic of story.
After Henry’s stuffed rabbit disappears, his grandfather suggests pretending it’s still there. Clothespin crocodiles, saltshaker snow, and sparkling gem collages contrast with outlined characters on butcher paper as Henry’s imagination learns to see.
In this wordless book, a child dives beneath a raucous crowd overfilling a pool to explore a silent underwater world filled with mesmerizing creatures that range from warmly whimsical to coolly creepy. Delightfully illustrated in graphite and pastels.