Award of the Week: Nutmeg Book Award
Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL), 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. The Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children’s librarians and school library media specialists who are members of the sponsoring organizations. All selections must have a first publishing date of no more than five years from date of selection.
|Finding Winnie: the true story of the world’s most famous bear
By: Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall
A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers’ horses during WWI. The bear cub later became the inspiration for A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.
|The War That Saved My Life
By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during WWII, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
By: Gary D. Schmidt
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he will have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.
|Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
By: Becky Albertalli
When an email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for a classmate or risk having his sexual identity revealed and the privacy of the boy he has been emailing compromised.