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In Progress List 2018

This list displays the most recent books nominated for Capitol Choices. You can filter by age group by selecting it from the drop-down box and clicking "select."
Mac
Barnett
Jon
Klassen
Candlewick
2017
Only Jon Klassen, working with the text of Mac Barnett could make a triange look devious, devilish AND purposeful. This beautifully constructed book has a very simple premise, Triangle walks from his house (looking very purposeful) to that of his friend Square, in order to play a sneaky trick. There are no secondary characters here giving hints, there is lots of repetition of simple (and not so simple) words and a HEAVY emphasis on what are triangles, what are squares and those shapes with no names. Could one make the argument that this is a concept book? If one was so inclined, but really this is a book about friends, and tricksters and being purposeful or not. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Canoers above and fish below on a pond
Kate
Messner
Christopher Silas
Neal
Chronicle
2017
As a small black boy and his mother paddle across a pond and the afternoon becomes evening, she describes the plants and animal that inhabit that world in, under, and around the water. A companion book to earlier volumes about a garden and winter snow. (K. Isaacs. Up to 7)
Red-caped girl and wolf pup
Matthew
Cordell
Matthew
Cordell
Macmillan (Feiwel & Friends)
2017
Lost in a snowstorm on her way home from school, a girl in a red hooded jacket finds and saves a wolf pup, and the pack, in turn saves her. A near wordless adventure movingly told through watercolored pen and ink scenes and occasional sounds. (up to 7. K. Isaacs)
Mac
Barnett
Brian
Biggs
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
2017
The kind of bed time book to delight a child, full of actin and noise. The text offers lots of repetition, making easy for the child to chime in and the sounds rhyme, going from La to Rah Rah. We move up a skinny apartment building where there is lots going on on every floor. Check out the front cover for a hint or two. The illustrations are as lively as the text and very child appealing. Will it make your youngster go to sleep? Maybe not right away, but it will make bedtime reading more fun and interactive. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Corinna
Luyken
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
2017
It all starts with a lightly drawn circle, and then a dot that's too large, and that's how the picture that is found in the middle of this book begins. "Mistakes" advance the story, as they get incorporated into the images and the action. An empty world becomes very full and active by mid book and then reverberates back to the all important question, Do You See, Now, Who she could be? An original look at how art evolves, be it an illustration, or a story, or a song.....let your imagination soar and the "mistakes" begin. (Edie Ching) Up to 7.
Marthe
Jocelyn
Tundra
2017
Sam needs to clean up his toys, but he becomes distracted by all the different ways he can sort them. He sorts by color, shape, pattern and rhyming words. The author adds humor by including pages with things Sam might bite if they were real versus things that would bite Sam if they were real. Each illustration features plenty of details for young readers to look at over and over again, and the paper collage style gives each page a variety of textures. This is a really engaging concept book with a fun narrative. (Megan Crews) Up to 7
Caroline's Comets
Emily Arnold
McCully
Holiday House
2017
A picture book biography of the first professional woman scientist and "The Hunter of Comets". Caroline Herschel first discovered astronomy because of the interest/work of her brother and became his assistant. But later she made discoveries on her own. The difficulties of her life are included here as well as the accomplishments and end notes help clarify some of the points made in the book (i.e. a definition for the word nebulae). The attractive vivid illustrations add to the appeal of the book. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Sherri Duskey
Rinker
Tom
Lichtenheld
Chronicle
2017
With bold active illustrations and lively rhyming text, this duo once again gives us a dawn to dusk visit with a construction site and the big trucks that do the work. The vehicles are described in human terms, stretching, wiping their faces. Challenging language at times, immense/intense, but natural rhyme. Various roles/jobs are described. Two page spreads are intermixed with pages with multiple images that provide a close up view of some jobs. Fun and informative. Edie Ching (up to 7)
SAFE AND SOUND (cover)
Jean
Roussen
Loris
Lora
Other
2017
The gentle rhymes and vintage-styled illustrations of this tender picture book introduce young readers to an eclectic array of animal babies and the cozy comforts of parenting. From burrows to pouches, under wings and in mouths, baby animals lead us through their habitats to a young boy's bedroom. We find him -- with his parents and a menagerie of stuffed animals -- safe, sound, and ready for sleep. A lovely bedtime story. [Flying Eye Books (Nobrow)]. -Kit Ballenger (up to Seven)
BARKUS (book cover)
Patricia
Maclachlan
Marc
Boutavant
Chronicle
2017
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)