Nutmeg News

About the Nutmeg Award:

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages students to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from the nominated titles. It is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL) and the Connecticut Library Association (CLA.)

All books nomiated for the award must be:

  • Works of fiction or nonfiction, with appeal for readers in grades 2-4 (This is for the new category - Elementary. The Intermediate category is geared for grades 4-6.)
  • Copyrighted in the United States and published in the 5 years previous to the award year;
  • Well-writtten, with strong characterization, vivid settings, striking language, well-constructed plots, and plausible conclusions.

Voting for the Nutmeg Awards takes place in April. The Nutmeg Nominees are usually disclosed in early May.

*This was taken from the Nutmeg Book Award site -

****Just in - the Nutmeg Book Award Winner for 2014 is....

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The 2015 Nutmeg Book Intermediate (Grades 4-6) Nominees are:

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

When the Smithfork children move into a Manhattan apartment, they discover clues to a hidden fortune behind the walls of their new home. Unraveling the mystery leads to a race through New York City to uncover hidden secrets of the past.

White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

Philip, a boy who will not speak, comes to live with his aunt and uncle, next door to Zoe whose dog-loving parents rescue Great Pyrennes. Afraid of the larger dogs Philip befriends, Jack, the newest rescue. Will Jack help Philip find his voice and his way home?

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

When you become Unwanted you die... everyone knows that. So when Alex is dubbed Unwanted, he expects the same fate. Alex is brought to Artime where cre- ative talent is shaped into magic. Alex and the Unwanteds must use their training to protect themselves.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Castle is very unusual - it can add rooms or passageways as it wishes. When the King and Queen go missing, the youngest prin- cess, Celie, teams up with her siblings, the servants, and even the castle itself to thwart an evil plot against the royal family.

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Ben is a klutzy nerd who is mistakenly accepted into the junior CIA academy where he must uncover a plan that is threatening the school. The stakes are high, the laughs are loud, the twists are many, and the girl is smart.

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Shadow, a British bomb-sniffing dog, is separated from Sergeant Brody, a British soldier serving in Afghanistan. Shadow is adopted by Aman, an Afghan boy who ultimately finds refuge in England. This is a touching tale of coincidence, courage, friendship and loyalty.

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

Saint lives in New Orleans and loves the clarinet and the neighborhood dog, Shadow. When Hurricane Katrina roars through New Orleans, it is up to Saint to save Shadow and his elderly neighbor, Miz Moran, but he wonders if he will ever see his parents again.

King of the Mound by Wes Tooke

Recovering from polio, Nick believes he will never play baseball again. He spends his summer helping his father, a minor league baseball coach. A visiting team player, Satchel Paige, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, teaches Nick that the impossible just might be possible.

Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon

The son of supervillains and the daughter of a superhero team up in this action-packed adventure. As the friends begin to real- ize their own superpowers, they wonder whether they can win the battle against the mysterious smoke monsters.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Seventh-grader Georges does not have an easy life. He faces things alone until he meets Safer who “recruits” him to spy on other tenants. While Georges likes the intrigue, he wonders just how far he should go for a friend.

The 2015 Nutmeg Book Elementary (Grades 2-4) Nominees are:

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

How did the beloved Macy's Day Parade decide to add giant floats to its traditional Thanksgiving procession? Meet Tony Sarg, a puppeteer who figured out how to make his designs loom large over the streets of New York City. Sketches, drawings, and scenes from the parade illustrate the development of Sarg's gravity defying creations.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

This short biography tells the true story of William Kamkwamba's miraculous inventions. Using books from the library and spare parts, Kamkwamba designed a windmill for his village in Malawi and many other useful innovations to benefit his community in a time of famine.

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett

When author Mac writes that Chloe meets a lion in the woods, illustrator Adam draws a dragon instead. The story can't continue until the author and illustrator get on the same page!

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Duncan's box of crayons tells him in no uncertain terms what they think of his coloring habits. From the purple crayon's request to color inside the lines to the red crayon's wish for a break, this vociferous box of crayons just can't keep its lid shut!

Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight

Frankie wants to win his scout troop's “Pine Run Derby” racing challenge to earn points toward his next level in scouting. The cars he designs, however, are better at crashing than racing. Frankie's dad offers some smart suggestions, but first Frankie will have to slow down and listen if he wants to achieve his goal.

Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts

Soccer makes Sierra happy inside and out, but she wishes, just once, her auntie could attend one of her games. Can an understanding coach make Sierra's wish come true?

Locomotive by Brian Floca

All aboard! Join the trains, crew and a family as they journey during the summer of 1869 from Omaha to Sacramento on America's first transcontinental railroad. Hear the engines, smell the smoke, feel the train sway as you journey across plains, wind through mountains, cross bridges and pass through deserts westward to the Pacific.

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea by Hilary McKay

Lulu's beach vacation with her parents and her cousin Mellie takes on unexpected excitement when she befriends a stray dog sneaking food from the garbage outside their cottage.

Miracle Mud by David A. Kelly

Lena Blackburne may not have been a talented baseball player, but he came up with an idea for the game that we still use today. This is the true story of ‘Blackburne's Rubbing Mud,' applied to deflect glare on every baseball in major league games to this very day.

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

Theodora and her new neighbor Chad discover the importance of being yourself in this full color graphic novel. Chad's casual attitude annoys the neat and tidy Theodora until a mutual love of Astronomy cements their friendship.

Sidney and Sydney : Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski

The first day in a new school starts out awkwardly when Sidney Fletcher moves to Oak Grove and finds out he shares a name with a girl classmate. Sydney Greene misses having her best friend in her class and thinks the teacher misspelled her name. After the initial embarrassment, the children realize they have common interests such as video games. Can boys and girls really be best friends?

Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean

When Luciano Anastasini's acrobatic career ended, he decided to create a circus act with rescue dogs. Color photographs bring to life this heartwarming story of second chances.

The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra

Children who like Alice in Wonderland will relish this fantasy graphic novel starring siblings Leah and Alan. They wake in a magical forest filled with every type of enchanted creature, relying on the stone frog to guide them safely home.

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

Retired dog detective J.J. Tully takes the case of the two missing chicks with comic results. Can he locate Poppy and Sweetie before they run afoul of neighborhood dog Vince the Funnel?

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

A little red button falls from the sky, and of course Zita and her friend Joseph have to press it. The button whisks them away to a strange planet where Joseph is promptly captured by a many-tentacled alien. Accompanied by an oddball assortment of alien partners and a human inventor, Zita risks everything to save her friend.