On April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Bethesda Library members of Capitol Choices, a local organization that annually creates a list of best audios and books for the current year for ages 0-14 and up, will present a few materials from our 2015 list using our discussion criteria, preview a few materials that have been nominated for our 2016 list and hold small book group discussions.
The winner of this year's Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamiltion Award for Lifetime Achievement, Deborah Tayor, is a long-time member of Capitol Choices, serving on its Executive Board and offering her wisdom during discussions of titles nominated for possible inclusion on the annual Capitol Choices List of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens. Members of Capitol Choices, delighted that she has received this most-deserved recognition, celebrated with her at today's meeting to start the new year.
Auggie, his sister, and classmates offer multiple points of view about the year Auggie, 10, switches from home schooling to a regular classroom. After twenty-seven surgeries to correct his facial deformities, Auggie still looks strange, and both he and his classmates have to learn how to accept, even welcome, differences.
A little boy's questions become more pointed as Mommy's tummy becomes rounder. Retro cartoon illustrations mix with delicate contemporary scenes to highlight what big brother imagines about the new arrival.
Flora longs to rid herself of pesky little brother Crispin, but when she gets the perfect opportunity, will she really want to say goodbye? The swirling, tumbling ink, watercolor, and pastel illustrations skillfully embody the whirlwind of sibling emotions.
Shipped off to spend time with their estranged poet-activist mother in Oakland, California, three young girls encounter the Black Panthers in this funny, wise, and ultimately life-affirming narrative about being young, Black, and proud in the 1960s.