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Welcome to Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens. Since 1996, we have been meeting, discussing, and selecting recommended books for young people through the high school years.

Since 1998, our online presence has offered a worldwide audience access to each year's list of recommended books.

Our In Progress list, which we start building in March, offers a complete list of titles under consideration for the current year, as well as summaries of the discussions for each title.

Finally, we offer a way for you to keep up with the Capitol Choices discussion, either in person or via our social networks; see the Join Us page for details.


The first edition of Capitol Choices published in 1996 built on the work of the late Peggy Coughlan at the Children's Literature Center of the Library of Congress, who for many years edited an annual list entitled "Books for Children." The founding members of the Capitol Choices group who worked on these lists appreciated the opportunity to hone their critical skills during those years and wished to carry the work of that committee forward.

Since 1996, Capitol Choices has included librarians, teachers, booksellers, children's literature specialists, reviewers, and magazine editors who work in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in and around Washington, D.C. Most of us work directly with young people, and all of us share a passion for books and a commitment to pairing children with books.


We welcome you in person at our monthly meetings. Capitol Choices members are also available to present workshops on the best titles of the year, how to evaluate literature for young people, and other topics related to our passion for books and audiobooks for young readers. Please email us to schedule a workshop or find out more about joining our group.

Editorial Board, Capitol Choices