Capitol Choices 2016

Our mission is to identify and select a yearly list of outstanding titles for children and teens. We consider books and audiobooks published in the current calendar year for readers from birth through the high school years. We look not only for those books and audiobooks that are obviously remarkable but also for those whose charm, art, information, or depth of feeling may enhance a young person's world. We especially look for books that may not find an audience without the benefit of special attention. What does Capitol Choices mean by "the best"? "Best" of the year? "Best" by this author? "Best" of its type? Our discussions are often heated, always serious, filled with good humor and, in the end, the titles we choose meet all of these criteria. In addition to the qualities that mark good titles—clarity, accuracy, credibility, and that most elusive quality of all, distinguished writing, illustration or narration—we place special emphasis on titles which we believe appeal to and reflect the sensibilities of their intended audience.

All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds

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Boats for Papa

by Jessixa Bagley



by Katherine Applegate

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Goodbye Stranger

by Rebecca Stead

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I Am Princess X

by Cherie Priest / Kali Ciesemier

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Lenny & Lucy

by Philip C. Stead / Erin E. Stead


Leo: A Ghost Story

by Mac Barnett / Christian Robinson

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by Daniel José Older


Sunny Side Up

by Jennifer L. Holm / Lark Pien

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The Marvels

by Brian Selznick

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The Nest

by Kenneth Oppel / Jon Klassen

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The Night World

by Mordicai Gerstein

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by Kevin Henkes

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Wolf by Wolf

by Ryan Graudin

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