The mission of Capitol Choices is to identify and select a yearly list of outstanding titles for children and teens. We consider books and audiobooks published in the current calendar year for readers from birth through the high school years. We look not only for those books and audiobooks that are obviously remarkable but also for those whose charm, art, information, or depth of feeling may enhance a young person’s world. We especially look for books that may not find an audience without the benefit of special attention.

What does Capitol Choices mean by “the best”? “Best” of the year? “Best” by this author? “Best” of its type? Our discussions are often heated, always serious, filled with good humor and, in the end, the titles we choose meet all of these criteria. In addition to the qualities that mark good titles—clarity, accuracy, credibility, and that most elusive quality of all, distinguished writing, illustration or narration—we place special emphasis on titles which we believe appeal to and reflect the sensibilities of their intended audience.

If you live in the D.C. metro region, we invite you to join us in person for our book discussion.  Capitol Choices meets at the Arlington County (Virginia) Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street (directions). We are only a few blocks from the Virginia Square Metro Station and we have plenty of parking if you drive (don’t forget to pick up your parking permit at the circulation desk).  If this is your first meeting, please email Capitol Choices at for instructions on how to enter the building.  Several of us bring coffee and chat from 9-9:30, and people often bring copies of nominated books to loan or share.

The first few 2018 meetings will take place in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room (Room 201) at Central Library due to Library renovations:

January 19

[February 23 Board Meeting]

March 23

April 20

May 18

June 15 [Board Meeting to follow] Meeting in Auditorium

July 20

Subsequent meetings will take place in the Auditorium:

September 21

October 19 [Board Meeting to follow]

November 16

December 14

If you do not live close enough to participate in person, you are welcome to join our discussion remotely.  Reading group members can contribute comments by contacting your group’s note taker or Kathleen Neil.  Everyone can check this website and the Agenda for updates, and/or follow us on Facebook and Twitter; just click on the links in the left-hand navigation on this page.