Capitol Choices 2018: In Progress List

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 Boy Called Bat

by Elana K. Arnold / Charles Santoso



by Patricia MacLachlan / Marc Boutavant



by David Elliott


Charlie & Mouse

by Laurel Snyder / Emily Hughes


Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy

by Laurel Snyder / Emily Hughes


Town Is by the Sea

by Joanne Schwartz / Sydney Smith


Wolf in the Snow

by Matthew Cordell


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