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.
Elementary, gr. 2-3
A BOY NAMED BAT by Elana K. Arnold
When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has autism, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.
Intermediate, gr. 4-6
BAN THIS BOOK by Alan Gratz
When her favorite book in the school library is challenged by a well-meaning parent, Amy Anne and her friends start a secret banned books locker library, using ridiculous reasons to ban every book in the library to make a point. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.
Middle School, gr. 7-8
POSTED by John David Anderson
When cell phones are banned at their school, Frost and his friends start communicating through sticky notes left all over the school before other kids start following their example, triggering a wave of bullying activities in the wake of a new girl’s arrival. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.
High School, gr. 9-12
LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds
Driven by the secrets and vengeance that mark his street culture, 15-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother. By the National Book Award finalist author of When I Was the Greatest. Click on the image or HERE to find it in our catalog.
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.