The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles. There are 4 categories: Elementary (grades 2-3), Intermediate (grades 4-6), Middle School (grades 7-8), and High School (grades 9-12). Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL), the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children’s librarians and school library media specialists who are members of our sponsoring organizations.
Don’t miss Mrs. Waxman book talk the 2023 Elementary Nutmeg titles – as always, there are some great reads in the 2023 selections!
Miss Sara book talks the 2023 Intermediate Nutmeg titles here. This list is filled with some great titles to add to your summer reading, too!
Nutmeg Book Drops – Podcast
Welcome to Nutmeg Book Drops: Elementary Edition, a podcast produced by Librarians ConneCT. Librarians ConneCT is a group of public and school librarians from throughout the State of Connecticut. Each week, we’ll discuss two of the 2022 Elementary Nutmeg Nominees, perfect for readers in grades 2-3. Each week will feature book talks and author interviews on some of the nominees.
The 2023 Nutmeg Nominees
How many can you read? Click & download a PDF of the 2023 nominees for Elementary (gr. 2-3), Intermediate (gr. 4-6), Middle School (gr. 7-8), and High School (gr. 9-12) below.
2022 Winners are …
Elementary, Gr. 2-3
InvestiGators by John Patrick Green
With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! And on their first mission together, they have not one but two mysteries to solve! Can Mango and Brash uncover the clues, crack their cases, and corral the crooks–or will the criminals wriggle out of their grasp? Click HERE to find it in our catalog.
Intermediate, gr. 4-6
Wink by Rob Harrell
Ross is diagnosed with a rare eye cancer in the summer before middle school. After surgery, radiation, a mandatory hat and a really stick eye cream, can Ross find away to fit in at school? Click HERE to find it in our catalog.
Middle School, gr. 7-8
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Born without arms, thirteen-year-old Aven Green has been raised to believe she can do anything. She becomes determined to show here new friend Connor that his Tourette’s Syndrome shouldn’t keep him from living his best life. Between helping out Connor and solving a mystery at her parents’ new western theme park she certainly has her plate full. Click HERE to find it in our catalog.
High School, gr. 9-12
Sadie by Courtney Summers
A victim of constant harassment in her city, Sadie and her sister, Mattie, live on their own in a small town. When Mattie goes missing and winds up dead, Sadie is determined to do a better job than the police to catch her killer. Podcast host West McCray follows the mystery when Sadie herself goes missing. Click HERE to find it our catalog.
2022 and 2021 Lists
Find your next favorite! Click & download a PDF of the 2021 and 2022 nominees for Elementary (gr. 2-3), Intermediate (gr. 4-6), Middle School (gr. 7-8), and High School (gr. 9-12) below.