Nominations will be due for the September 16, 2016, Capitol Choices agenda at 11:59PM on Thursday, September 8. Please remember to enter the title for your nomination in all capital letters, to include your name at the end of the nomination, and to add the age range at the end of the nomination since some of the email notifications do not include age range.
Jazz Jennings narrates her own story with self-confidence and openness. From age 5 Jazz felt she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. In her remarkable journey she is supported by loving parents who became activists in the transgender movement themselves. Jazz was one of Time magazine's "Most Influential Teen" for two years in a row. Jazz narrates her story in a sensible yet heartfelt manner. Ages 14+ Maria E. Gentle
It is the middle of the great Depression and Beans is eager to find money to help his mom out. Along with younger brother Kermit and stray dog Termite, Beans makes plans but his schemes don't always work - but he keeps trying. Heyborne's voice is just right in portraying the schemes, anxiety and desires Beans experiences. Period history is warmly portrayed. A wonderful audio for the whole family. Ages 7+ Maria E. Gentle
Hermione Winters has always been popular. She is the head cheerleader, smart,talented, liked. When at a party while at cheerleading camp her drink is drugged and someone rapes her, her world could have come to an end. But she is strong and has a great girlfriend and supportive parents. Her life does not end, it does change. When she finds out she is pregnant, decisions need to be made. A unique voice, a solidly narrated audiobook that will suck you right in and will open your heart to Hermione. 14+ Maria E. Gentle
In this creative journey through the fall/winter season, the author/illustrator plays on words that end in full, replacing those letters with fall. Bright fall colors add to the seasonal mood, animals up and down trees add to the energy. Interesting language and as you would expect, wonderful collages. Ede Ching (up to 7)
Lester eagerly leaves the Children's home to go with his new adoptive parents Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich and pet Winka. He is happy in his new home except at bedtime, when the new quiet is unsettling. His parents are patient up to a point, but don't know how to solve the problem. Winka does. I appreciate that this book starts on the very first day of Lester's new life, that the illustrations seem fluid, there are no straight lines here, the colors are warm ao there is a coziness that permeates and let's us know that everything will work out just fine.
Edie Ching (up to 7)
Dario travels to Cape Cod in the spring so that his mother can find work. While trying to make friends along the shore, Dario develops a bond with a right whale calf who is also far from home. Alternating perspectives and bright, effervescent illustrations capture the tender relationship formed across sand and waves. Information on right whales is appended. Anonymous. Up to Seven.
Red Panda tries his luck beyond the walls of the run-down zoo and convinces Hippo to join him and become a "Hippopotamister". Together they wear many hats in many jobs, searching for the one that fits them just right. A tale of humorous adventures and the quest for special talents that children will connect with. Anonymous.