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.

Our meeting schedule:

January 17, 2020 [Reading Group Facilitators + Board meet after]

February 21, 2020 Board Meeting ONLY 

March 20, 2020 [Cancelled]

April 17, 2020 [Nominations are due by midnight on April 2, 2020; meeting via Zoom]

May 15, 2020 [Nominations are due by midnight on April 30, 2020; meeting via Zoom]

June 19, 2020 [Board meeting to follow; nominations are due by midnight on June 4, 2020; meeting via Zoom]

July 17, 2020 [Nominations are due by midnight on July 2, 2020; all titles will be discussed; meeting via Zoom]

September 18, 2020 [Nominations are due by midnight on September 3, 2020]

October 16, 2020 [Nominations are due by midnight on October 1, 2020]

November 13, 2020 — Thanks and giving meeting! [Nominations are due by midnight on October 29, 2020]

December 11, 2020 [Nominations are due by midnight on November 26, 2020; all titles will be discussed]

Reading group members unable to attend a monthly meeting can contribute book comments or announcements by contacting the meeting facilitator, Melissa LaSalle, in advance of the meeting.  Everyone can check this website and the Agenda for updates, and/or follow us on Instagram and Twitter; just click on the links in the left-hand navigation on this page.