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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)

2022 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.


Investigators by John Patrick Green


Wink by Rob Harrell

Middle School

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

High School

Sadie by Courtney Summers

2023 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