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Connecticut's Nutmeg Book Award

We are currently accepting applications from students and school or public librarians who are interested serving on a 2017 Nutmeg Selection Committee.

We’ve extended the deadline! ALL APPLICATIONS ARE NOW DUE NOVEMBER 22nd!

If you’ve ever been curious about how the Nutmeg Nominees are selected, here’s your chance to be part of the committees that make the lists!

Please share with any CT students (grades 6-11) or librarians who you think would be a great reader for a Nutmeg Selection Committee. We especially need readers for the Teen & High School Committees.

Thank you!

Student Reader Applications:

Intermediate Student Reader Application (for students in grades 6 or 7): http://goo.gl/CGKuK6

Teen Student Application (for students in grades 8 or 9):  http://goo.gl/zmFU65

High School Student Application (students in grades 10 or 11):  http://goo.gl/4QuvH1

Librarian Reader Applications: (Please fill out an application for the committee that is your first choice)

Elementary:  http://goo.gl/MN2vLm

Intermediate:  http://goo.gl/ehF9Bl

Teen:  http://goo.gl/CrhLPu

High School:  http://goo.gl/IoTtxu

Please take the time to read the requirements at the top of the application so you know what to expect if you are chosen to be a member of a Nutmeg selection committee.  See our Selection Committee page for additional details.

If you have any questions, please contact our 2015 Steering Committee co-chairs:  Marla Martin mmartin@biblio.org or Cathy Townsend cwtown34@aol.com

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Nutmeg Nominees!!

Elementary (color flyer)      Grades 2-4
Elementary (B&W flyer)

     Book Discussion Guides - Elementary 2015 Nominees 

Intermediate (color flyer)     Grades 4-6
Intermediate (B&W flyer)

     Book Discussion Guides 2015 Intermediate Nominees

Teen (color flyer)          Grades 7-8
Teen (B&W flyer)

     Book Discussion Guides 2015 Teen Nominees

High School (color flyer)          Grades 9-12
High School (B&W flyer)

     Book Discussion Guides 2015 High School Nominees

ISBN listing 2015                                                          

2015 Labels and Bookmarks

Order Form for 2015 Nutmeg labels and bookmarks.  Please print out the order form and send it in. 


2014 Nutmeg Voting Breakdown:

Intermediate Book Award

Total Votes:  17,349

  • 5689 Out of My Mind - 2014 winner!
  • 3815 The Candymakers
  • 2106 Closed for the Season
  • 1499 Wildfire Run
  • 944 Inside Out and Back Again
  • 933 Saving Armpit
  • 776 The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
  • 620 Wild Girl
  • 594 The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
  • 373 Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel

Teen Book Award

Total Votes:  7881

  • 4230 Divergent - 2014 winner!
  • 982 Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25
  • 455 Mindblind
  • 417 The Lions of Little Rock
  • 414 Now is the Time for Running
  • 313 Page by Paige
  • 299 City of Orphans
  • 290 I'll Be There
  • 249 Okay for Now
  • 232 Scorpio Races

High School Book Award

Total Votes: 420 (2014 was the first year for the High School Nutmeg award and there was a strong showing of 22 schools/libraries participating in the voting.)

  • 112 Paper Towns - 2014 winner!
  • 92 Legend
  • 49 Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • 49 Wintergirls
  • 41 The Night Circus
  • 24 Kings of Colorado
  • 19 Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
  • 16 Everybody Sees the Ants
  • 10 Shine
  • 8 The Watch That Ends the Night



If you have any questions, please contact the corresponding Selection Chairperson:

2016 High School Selection Committee:  Heather Aronson heatherszaley@yahoo.com or Amy Schumann aschumann@bethellibrary.org

2016 Teen Selection Committee:  Kelley Gile kgile@cheshirelibrary.org

2016 Intermediate Selection Committee: Libby Mueller libby@ejmueller.com or Claire Moore cmoore@darienlibrary.org

2016 Elementary Selection Committee:  Ann Chase achasek@gmail.com or Lori Andrada Lora_Andrada@whps.org

General questions can be sent to the 2015 co-steering chairs: Marla Martin  mmartin@biblio.org and Cathy Townsend cwtown34@aol.com

Nutmeg Timeline:   click here   The timeline of the Nutmeg Book Award has shifted to match the school year instead of the calendar year.

We are also proud to share that The Nutmeg Book Award is growing!

We currently have the Intermediate Award for students in grades 4-6,
the Teen Award for students in grades 7-8, and the new 2014 High School Award for students in grades 9-12. Starting in 2015, there will be an Elementary level for students in grades 2-4. With these additions, The Nutmeg Book Award will be an important part of literacy from elementary school right through high school graduation!

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About the Nutmeg Book Award

The Nutmeg BookAward encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature andto choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles. Jointlysponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL),the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children's librarians and schoollibrary media specialists who are members of our sponsoring organizations.

For more information about Connecticut's state book award, the Nutmeg Award, please see the following pages:

FAQ | Nutmeg Timeline | Bylaws | Committee Members   | Promotional Materials