The Nutmeg Steering Committee is excited to announce the 2017 Nutmeg Book Award Winners! 

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick is the winner of the Elementary Award

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is the winner of the Intermediate Award

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black is the winner of the Teen Award

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is the winner of the High School Nutmeg Book Award



To see a list of the Elementary Nominees, click here.

Nutmeg LogoTo see a list of the Intermediate nominees, click here.

To see a list of the Teen nominees, click here.

To see a list of the High School nominees, click here.


Established in 1991, the annual Nutmeg Book Award encourages all Connecticut children in grades 4-8 to read great books and vote for their favorite from a list of nominated titles. Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians, the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children’s librarians, school library media specialists and student representatives. They read hundreds of books to come up with the two lists which are fairly balanced by gender, reading level, and genre. Books must also meet certain criteria to be considered for the award. These include: being fiction, with appeal for readers in grades 4-6 (intermediate) or 7-8 (teen); copyrighted in the United States and first published no more than five years from date of selection; currently in print, and available in paperback; and, obviously, well-written.

Each year, 10 books are nominated for the Connecticut Children’s Nutmeg Book Award. There are two separate lists, one for grades 4-6 , and another list for grades 7 & 8. By reading the 10 nominated titles, children become eligible to vote for the book of their choice.

Kent Memorial Library offers regular Nutmeg Discussion Groups for both the Intermediate and the Teen Levels of Nominees.  The groups are a fun, non-graded way to develop critical reading and thinking skills while enjoying time with friends who love to read!  Keep an eye on our website or flyers to see when the next one will meet!