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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. 

   2024 Nutmeg Winners 

The winners of the 2024 Nutmeg Books Awards will be released on or around May 15, 2024. 



2023 Award Winners

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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

  2025 Nutmeg Nominees

The 2025 Nutmeg nominees were announced on May 1, 2024. 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)

Anglerfish: The Seadevil of the Deep by Elaine Alexander, art by Fiona Fogg

Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling

Batcat by Meggie Ramm

The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows, art by Sam Ricks

Big Truck Little Island by Chris Van Dusen

Dear Beast by Dori Hillestad Butler, art by Kevan Atteberry

Ducks Overboard!: A True Story Of Plastic in our Oceans by Markus Motum

Evergreen by Matthew Cordell

Everything in Its Place: A Story about Books and Belonging by Pauline       David-Sax, art by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person To Ever Run a   Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh, art by Baljinder Kaur
The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution   Problem by Colleen Paeff, art by Nancy Carpenter

My Two Border Towns By David Bowles, art by Erika Meza

The Sweetest Scoop: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Revolution by Lisa Robinson, art by Stacy Innerst

Wombats! Go Camping by Maddie Frost

Yoshi's Big Swim: One Turtle's Epic Journey Home by Mary Wagley Copp, art by Kaja Kajfez


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

Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor

The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling

Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon

Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos, art by Robert Paul

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros

Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, art by Gabriela Epstein

Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell

A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga

Tumble by Celia C. Perez
Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz

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

African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, art by Rovina Cai

Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, art by Gabriela Epstein

Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango, art by Alyssa Bermudez

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
Obie Is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Troublemaker by John Cho

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier


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

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
Kneel by Candace Buford

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson

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