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Nutmeg Books for Children and Teens 




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. 

   2020 Nutmeg Winners 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Nutmeg Awards! 

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A Boy Called Bat

Elana K. Arnold


Ban This Book

Alan Gratz

Middle School


John David Anderson

High School

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

  2021 Nutmeg Nominees

The 2021 Nutmeg nominees were announced on May 1, 2020. Below is the list of nominees in each category. 


Most of the titles below are available to borrow as downloadable e-books and audio books through the Hoopla and Overdrive links on our library website. Get started reading now!! 

Elementary (Grades 2-3, click HERE for flyer)

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

Because Score by Mo Willems (author)

                Performance by Amber Ren (illustrator)

Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits               

              by Cynthia Lord

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams                                 

              by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Ida, Always by Caron Levis

The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuko Ando by Andrea Wang

Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship 

                by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

Seashells: More than a Home by Melissa Stewart

We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid

                by Jeanette Winter


Intermediate (grades 4-6, click HERE for flyer)

Framed! by James Ponti

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

The New Kid by Jerry Craft

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

Restart by Gordon Korman

We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

Middle School (grades 7-8, click HERE for flyer)

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya 

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

The New Kid by Jerry Craft

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen 

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore 

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor


High School (grades 9-12, click HERE for flyer)

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
A Heart In A Body In The World by Deb Caletti
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

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