Capitol Choices 2017

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.

A Piece of Home

by Jeri Watts / Hyewon Yum



by Laurie Halse Anderson


Book Uncle and Me

by Uma Krishnaswami / Julianna Swaney


Freedom in Congo Square

by Carole Boston Weatherford / R. Gregory Christie

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Full of Beans

by Jennifer L. Holm

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by Jason Reynolds

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Life According to Dani

by Rose Lagercrantz / Eva Eriksson



by Sara Pennypacker / Jon Klassen

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Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

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School’s First Day of School

by Adam Rex / Christian Robinson


The Memory of Light

by Francisco X. Stork


The Sound of Silence

by Katrina Goldsaito / Julia Kuo


The Water Princess

by Susan Verde / Peter H. Reynolds


They All Saw a Cat

by Brendan Wenzel

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Thunder Boy Jr.

by Sherman Alexie / Yuyi Morales

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Towers Falling

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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We Are the Ants

by Shaun David Hutchinson


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