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.
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 2022 Nutmeg Nominees
How many can you read? Click & download a PDF of the 2022 nominees for Elementary (gr. 2-3), Intermediate (gr. 4-6), Middle School (gr. 7-8), and High School (gr. 9-12) below.
2021 Winners are …
Elementary, gr. 2-3
WE DON’T EAT OUR CLASSMATES by Ryan T. Higgins
When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a Tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.
Intermediate, gr. 4-6
RESTART by Gordon Korman
When Chase returns to middle school after falling off the roof and losing his memory, he learns that the person he was before the amnesia is not someone he likes. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.
Author Gordon Korman’s personal message!
Check out this special shout-out from author Gordon Korman to CT Nutmeg readers and voters! Thank you, Mr. Korman – your book rocked it.
Middle School, gr. 7-8
NEW KID by Jerry Craft
Enrolled in a prestigious private school where he is one of only a few students of color, talented seventh grade artist Jordan finds himself torn between the worlds of his Washington Heights apartment home and the upscale circles of Riverdale Academy. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.
High School, gr. 9-12
SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN by Jeff Garvin
Struggling with identity, Riley, a gender-fluid teenager, starts an anonymous blog after a therapist encourages it, but when the blog goes viral Riley must make a choice–to walk away or to risk everything and come out. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.
2021 Lists and 2020 Winners
Here are the winners for 2020:
- Elementary, gr. 2-3: A BOY NAMED BAT by Elana K. Arnold
- Intermediate, gr. 4-6: BAN THIS BOOK by Alan Gratz
- Middle School, gr. 7-8: POSTED by John David Anderson
- High School, gr. 9-12: LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds
Find your next favorite! Click & download a PDF of the 2021 nominees for Elementary (gr. 2-3), Intermediate (gr. 4-6), Middle School (gr. 7-8), and High School (gr. 9-12) below.