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Nutmeg Book Awards

2020 Voting

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. 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.

For 2020, voting will take place virtually. Please vote today!

2021 Nominees

Every year, on May 1, the new nominees for the award are announced. These nominees get grouped into four categories: Elementary (Grades 2-3), Intermediate (Grades 4-6), Middle School (Grades 7-8), and High School (Grades 9-12). Children then have a year to read the nominated titles and vote for their favorite.

Many of the titles on these lists have ebook and audiobook versions available through RBdigital or Overdrive/Libby, so you can enjoy them even while the library building is closed to the public due to COVID-19.

In addition to the copies that we purchased, the Connecticut State Library has also purchased all of the titles that were available in ebook and downloadable audiobook formats (see them here). These copies are included in our library catalog, and can be checked out with your Cheshire Library Card.

Elementary (Grades 2-3)

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

by Dan Santat

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Because

Score by Mo Willems (author) Performance by Amber Ren (illustrator)

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Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits

by Cynthia Lord, photographs by John Bald, illustrations by Hazel Mitchell

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The Cardboard Kingdom

by Chad Sell

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Carter Reads the Newspaper

by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Don Tate

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Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrations by James Ransome.

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Ida, Always

by Caron Levis, illustrated by Charles Santoso

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Infamous Ratsos

by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers

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Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen

by Debbi Michiko Florence

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Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuko Ando

by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz

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Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, illustrated by Scott Magoon

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Seashells: More than a Home

by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

by Ryan T. Higgins

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Wedgie and Gizmo

by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Barbara Fisinger

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The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid

by Jeanette Winter

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Intermediate (Grades 4-6)

Framed!

by James Ponti

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Front Desk

by Kelly Yang

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The Great Treehouse War

by Lisa Graff

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I Love You, Michael Collins

by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

by Shari Green

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The Nameless City

by Faith Erin Hicks

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New Kid

by Jerry Craft

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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

by Lindsay Currie

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Restart

by Gordon Korman

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We’re Not From Here

by Geoff Rodkey

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Middle School (Grades 7-8)

The Belles

by Dhonielle Clayton

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

by Pablo Cartaya

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

by Ashley Herring Blake

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New Kid

by Jerry Craft

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The Night Diary

by Veera Hiranandani

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Nyxia

by Scott Reintgen

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

by Jen Wang

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Small Spaces

by Katherine Arden

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The Stars Beneath Our Feet

by David Barclay Moore

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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

by Leslie Connor

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High School (Grades 9-12)

After the Shot Drops

by Randy Ribay

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American Road Trip

by Patrick Flores-Scott

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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

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Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey

by Ngozi Ukazu

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Dread Nation

by Justina Ireland

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A Heart In A Body In The World

by Deb Caletti

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Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

by Preston Norton

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The Nowhere Girls

by Amy Reed

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The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Symptoms of Being Human

by Jeff Garvin

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