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.
A simple book, or so it seems, about loss and grief and healing, in the most positive way, sending something out to the person you miss. Buckley, a sweet young beaver, misses his dad and so sends boats out to him, comforting himself that since they don't return his papa has received them. And then one day, he discovers the gift his mama has given him. Gentle with opportunities for lots of discussion or just to sit back and think about who you would send a boat to and who would receive it. Up to Seven. Edie Ching. (This title will appear on the June agenda.)
Bear encounters a lost toy bunny in the forest, brings it home and immediately goes to work trying to find the owner. When the bunny's owner comes forward, Bear's emotions tug in two directions, until a resolution is reached.
Mourning for his mother, Jack Baker enters boarding school and meets math savant Early Auden, obsessed with the number Pi and his brother, supposedly missing in action. Jack joins Early’s search. Daymond’s quiet narration creates the wilderness while Bramhall adds depth to philosophical Pi’s parallel quest.
While missing his dog and trying to protect his secret, Travis avoids other students at his despicable new school. But the flamboyant Velveeta notices and asks many questions. When she discovers Travis’s motives, the two become something each desperately needs--friends.
Ella, Gus’s elderly dog, promises Gus that she will always be with him, but after she dies, Gus spends a lonely Halloween cavorting with skeletons in the cemetery. Gus’s reappearance is part of the night’s spooky but endearing magic. Firm horizontals and thickly outlined figures keep the story grounded.