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Nutmeg Books Awards for Grades 2-12

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to vote for their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles in each of four divisions: Elementary (grades 2-3), Intermediate (grades 4-6), Middle School (grades 7-8), and High School (grades 9-12).

The Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children’s librarians and school library media specialists, drawn from the membership of the Award’s joint sponsors, the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL)

2023 Nutmeg Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Nutmeg Book Awards! Click the book covers to request copies of each award-winning book or drop by the KML Children’s department to see what’s available in our Nutmeg Book display.


Book cover of "The Floating Field"

The Floating Field by Scott Riley


Book Cover of "When Stars are Scattered"

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Middle School

Book Cover of "Game Changer"

Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

High School

Book Cover of "The Inheritance Games"

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

2024 Nominees

Starting on May 1st with the public announcement of the nominees, students read the current year’s nominees. By April 30, readers vote in their school or public library for their favorite book from the current year’s nominees to determine the current year’s Nutmeg Book Award winners. Winners are announced on or around May 15th.

We have plenty of copies available! Come in to the library to browse the shelf, or reserve a copy through our online catalog.

Nutmeg Book Drops

A podcast produced by Librarians ConneCT. Librarians ConneCT is a group of public and school librarians from throughout the State of Connecticut. Each week will feature book talks and author interviews on some of the nominees.

Elementary Edition

Intermediate Edition

Middle School Edition

High School Edition