There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.

The District is used to being ignored by such noble institutions as Congress and Major League Baseball. Now add to that list award-winning children’s-book author and artist Peter Sís. In The Train of States, due out on Sept. 21, Sís depicts a train in which each car represents a member of the Union. Bringing up the rear—in the form of the caboose—is the District. Though Sís insists the District’s placement was supposed to be special, he also admits to a little absentmindedness. “I forgot about D.C. as a state,” he says, adding he chose to make it the caboose because he “couldn’t make it into the car with refreshments.” Wanda Jones, a children’s librarian with the Georgetown Branch of the D.C. Public Library sees Sís’ book as a learning tool. “It would be a nice discussion point,” she says. “You could get real political.” —Mike Kanin