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.
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.
This is the life of a little cloud who plays hide and seek between skyscrapers and cozily naps on the moon's curve. Carter's peaceful, slow and relaxed reading matches the fanciful mood of the accompanying book. Includes additional comical voices for the other characters in the story and background nature noises that correspond with the illustrations. Track 3 offers a song about Cloudette but it doesn't mirror the text. AUDIOBOOK. Anne Womack
This is the alphabet presented as a collection of careers and occupations such as acrobats, builders and my personal favorite...yogis in a pose! Pleasant, happy narrative voice with enthusiastic children's voices shouting out each letter. Includes a helpful ding sound to alert children when to turn the page of the accompanying text. An additional track is the text of the book in song format written and performed by the narrator. Audiobook. Anne Womack
Music and sound effects embellish this story about a hot summer night when “normal” life comes to a halt. The lights go out and the whole neighborhood uses it as an excuse to have a block party on the rooftops and sidewalks. The pacing of the reader and the sound effects and instrumentation are at first singular and compartmentalized following the frame by frame layout of the reader’s view into the city. As the lights go out, the layers of sounds and instruments convey the city coming to life in a new and fresh way, creating community. Based on a true experience, Rocco explains how he developed his story and in general how he writes children’s picture books in the final track. Audio. Lena Gonzalez Berrios
A colorful and festive retelling of this folktale is enhanced with the expressive narration, background music and utterances of the bugs in this audiobook production. The alliteration and rich vocabulary of the groovy bug band is “all abuzz.” Meaning is made known when the F chord is not only mentioned but played. Sophisticated vocabulary choices like “rasped”, “hoisting” and “complete abandon” are made clear through the pairing of the illustrations and the background sounds woven through the expressive enunciation of the narrator. The recording is available with or without page turn prompts. Audio. Lena Gonzalez Berrios.
This is a spectacular and engrossing audiobook, based on a book of the same ilk, that I couldn't listen to only in the car. It was magnificent. W. Morgan Sheppard narrates and his mellifluous voice brings the words off the page in the most stunning way imaginable. This is a treat for audiobook listeners who love a strong story well-told. This is a must listen! Audio. Joan Kindig
This audiobook is a delight from start to finish. Lyle Lovett, Texas musician extraordinaire, narrates this tale set in the bayou and his Texas drawl lends the perfect an air of authenticity. This is a storyteller's story with all the linguistic bells and whistles you can imagine and Lovett brings each one of them alive. Just listening to his wild boar cries is reason enough to love this audio! The story is marvelous and Appelt's lyrical prose is made for audio. It is so good that I went out and bought myself a copy because I know I will want to hear it again and again. Audio. Joan Kindig
Penguin has reissued many of Roald Dahl's books in audio as both Broadway and London's West End have brought Dahl's genius to the forefront once again. In doing so they have employed some of the great actors in Britain and it will not be surprising for us to find a number of these audios nominated. This one, I believe, makes the third nomination after Mathilda and The Witches. We might have to list them all in one entry if they all make the list! George's Marvelous Medicine is a delightfully naughty story where young George finally gives his mean old grandmother her medicine....with a few added ingredients. The famous Shakespearean actor, Derek Jacobi, does a a wonderful job bringing George to life and does an equally good job getting his old bat of a grandmother just shrill enough for us to hope she learns a lesson from all of this silliness. This audio puts all grandmothers on notice...this one included! Audio. Joan Kindig
This year Penguin audio is releasing all of the Dahl books narrated by extraordinary luminaries, and it is hard to single a few out, but this one is particularly delicious, Miranda Richardson is great at the grandchild who eggs his grandmother on to scare him half to death with her tales about witches, and her voice, equally kind and expert, is well realized too, we are all "her darlings". There are just enough other sounds, doors slamming! dishes dropping! erc to give a true sense of place. The witches voices are at times subservient, demanding! panicked! controlled. A wonderful listening experience. Audio. Edie Ching
This is better than the book, the play or the video, thanks to Kate Winslet's inspired narration, going full tilt with various accents and emotional states. Miss Trunchbull sounds stronger and meaner than you can possibly imagine, and Matilda sounds both wise and innocent, sweet and crafty. Each character is fully realized and Winslet so fully pulls you into their world that you just don't want to leave it. An unforgettable listening experience. Audio. Edie Ching
Life has changed for Piddy Sanchez. Her decrepit apartment building gets so bad that Mama decides to move them across town. Yaqui ends up at a new school with some rough characters including a bullying Latina girl with a violent streak named Yaqui Delgado. Piddy doesn't know why Yaqui has decided to torment her but the torment ends with a physical attack on Piddy that is filmed and put up on the internet. Piddy feels all alone in this new neighborhood and school and her best friend from the old neighborhood has moved away. This once straight A student with enormous potential is slowly falling between the cracks. Will she rat Yaqui out or try to fly under the radar. This is a strong audiobook with a strong story of mother-daugter relationships, inner city gangs, tough girls and bullying. Audio. Joan Kindig