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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."
Renée
Watson
Bloomsbury
2017
Jade, a collage artist, is a scholarship student at an exclusive private high school. There she’s given opportunities to participate in a mentoring program for “at-risk” girls, and enroll in a free SAT prep class. She takes every opportunity that’s offered, while questioning the role of race and white privilege in these offerings. The police beating of a black teen at a house party in a nearby city moves Jade to assemble the diverse pieces of her life together in a public and powerful way. (14 and up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies)
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)
MAX
Max
Sarah;
Cohen-Scali
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
2017

Starting in 1939, Nazi Germany began a Lebensborn program to provide the Reich with 'perfect" specimens of the Aryan race by carefully selecting women to birth the future generation. Max is such a child. This first person account begins in the womb and we follow Max through a "coming of age" story (though the book ends as the war does so Max never even reaches adolescence). Fiercely and unquestionably loyal, his faith is tested through his time at a training school, his "friendship" with another student (who is really a jew) and his observations and experiences as the war progress unfavorably. An ambitious story, this is a new aspect of Nazi terror and the ramifications of the belief in a superior race. Edie Ching (14 and up).

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)
Bull's head with words from text
David
Elliott
Houghton Mifflin
2017
When Minos cheated Poseidon, the god of the sea retaliated by giving him a half-man, half-bull son whom his sister loved, but betrayed--the ancient story of the Minotaur dramatically retold in modern poetry.(14 and up. 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)
serval kitten
Suzi
Eszterhas
Suzi
Eszterhas
Owlkids
2017
A wildlife photographer’s irresistible story of fostering a serval kitten in the Masai Mara in Kenya. Charming photographs illustrate the text and chronicle Moto’s growth. Well-written and engagingly illustrated narrative nonfiction that includes maps, a table of contents, and some general facts about these less well-known cats. (7-10. K. Isaacs)
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