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.
Colorful anthropomorphized birds from Bethlehem agree that they must investigate this miracle attracting kings and "heavenly hosts" singing in the night to their town. Their "birds'-eye view" creates an unusual approach to the Nativity story.
Birds say everything from “Pick Me!” to “We’re under attack!” via calls, songs, dances, struts. and booms. Beautiful pencil and watercolor illustrations on a white background show the birds clearly communicating their desires with backmatter providing additional information.
A farmer alights from a lonely red truck at a desert crevice and frees yellow, red, pink, blue-patterned birds from its back doors. One tiny black bird remains to offer the farmer a magical experience. Blocks of color with spare text emphasize how much small things matter.
Adventure surrounds a small shorebird’s awe-inspiring 9,000 mile annual migration from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, a journey completed eighteen times—to the moon and halfway back—while scientists track it. Carefully labeled maps and photographs highlight the text with enhancing source notes and bibliography.
Vibrant acrylic paint and colored pencils reveal Magpie's determination to collect and hoard every item he finds from marble to tooth brush. Hand-lettered concepts including "nothing," "something," "way too much," and "enough" trace his progress from empty to overflowing nest and back again.
The flightless kakapo, which weighs up to nine pounds, faces extinction on its remote New Zealand island. Stunning photographs and an informal narrative introduce the world’s rarest and heaviest parrot as well as the scientists who are trying to save it.
Captivated by an unfinished story, Rocket the dog is introduced to the “wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet” by a little yellow bird. Young children will identify with Rocket's initial reluctance to learn as well as his eventual love of books.