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.

2018 Winners
9780316324908 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.
9780553556513 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.
9780544938397 Orbiting Jupiter
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.
High School
9780062348678 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.


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