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Nutmeg Books

Nutmeg Book Award


The Nutmeg Book Award is a program that allows kids to vote on their favorite books and authors. A list of 10 books (15 at the elementary level) is selected by a committee of students, school librarians, and public librarians around the state. When the list is announced on May 1 of each year, children from around the state read the nominees and vote the following April for their favorite. This is the only Connecticut state award where KIDS make the final decision. 

The 2018 Nutmeg nominees were announced on May 1. Below is the list of nominees in each category. We have several copies of each book at the library, including some audiobooks, and many are available to borrow as downloadable e-books through the Overdrive link on our library website. Get started reading now!! 

The winners of the 2017 Nutmeg competition will be announced around May 15, 2017.


 2018 Nutmeg Nominees


Elementary (Grades 2-4)

Blizzard by John Rocco

A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey & Floyd Cooper

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

Hippopotamister by John X Green

Lindbergh by Torben Kuhlmann

Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina

Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy

My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec

Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle & Emily Jenkins

Wet Cement by Bob Raczka

When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carricj Hill

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Intermediate (grades 4-6)

The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb

The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other) by Jeff Rodkey

Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner

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