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About the Nutmeg Book Award: 
  • The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.
  • We have four divisions: Elementary (grades 2-4); Intermediate (grades 4-6); Teen (grades 7-8); and High School (grades 9-12)
  • Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL), the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children's librarians and school library media specialists who are members of our sponsoring organizations.  
  • Our By-Laws
What criteria are used to select the nominees?
All books nominated for the Nutmeg Intermediate, Teen, and High School awards must be: 
  • works of fiction, with appeal for readers in grades 4-6 or 7-8 or 9-12; 
  • copyrighted in the United States;
  • first published no more than five years from date of selection; 
  • currently in print, and available in paperback; 
  • well-written, with strong characterization, vivid setting, striking language, a well-constructed plot, and plausible conclusion.  

All books nominated for the Nutmeg Elementary award must be: 
  • works of fiction or narrative nonfiction, with appeal for readers in grades 2-4; 
  • able to be read or enjoyed by readers in grades 2-4; 
  • copyrighted in the United States; 
  • first published no more than five years from date of selection; 
  • currently in print; 
  • well-written, with strong characterization, vivid setting, striking language, a well-constructed plot, and a plausible conclusion. 
  • Illustrations, if present, should enhance the story and accurately represent plot, setting, and characters. They should display artistic merit. (Illustrations may, but need not, be a deciding factor in a book's inclusion or exclusion from a Nutmeg Selection list.)
The following books will not be considered: Reprints, reissues, and other editions of earlier published works; series books (to be defined as either a group of 10 or more titles under the same series name and/or books written under a collective author or publisher imprint.  Questions about this designation are to be decided by the Selection Chair and/or Selection Committee. The decisions of the Selection Committee are final.); wordless books; e-book only titles; books not generally available for purchase to school and libraries through book vendors; single outlet books (available from only one source); books without a favorable review in SLJ, Kirkus, Hornbook, Booklist, or the Bulletin for the Center on Children's Books; and self published books unless they have been reviewed in more than one review journal (see above) and can be purchased through multiple book vendors. The list will consist of 15 titles, no more than 8 of which may be nonfiction. 

How would I suggest a title for consideration as a nominee?
Please make sure that the title meets all of the specifications listed above and then click HERE to submit your suggestion.   

When are nominees announced?
Nominees for the following year are privately announced to Connecticut librarians on or about February 15.  Nominees are publicly announced on May 1 and these titles are read by children through the following April when voting occurs.  Votes are submitted by April 30, and the winning titles are announced on May 15.      
See our Timeline page for more details. 

I'm a publisher, vendor, or company which sells to libraries.  May I have the list of nominees early?  
As a thank you to them, only sponsors (and Connecticut librarians) receive the top-secret nominee lists in February.  All other individuals/organizations must wait until the official announcement of nominees in May.  

How does voting occur?  
Participation in the Nutmeg Book Award voting is free, and there is no need to pre-register.

Students in grades 2-12 vote for their favorite title by official Nutmeg Book Award ballot in April at either their school or public library.  Each institution may set up the voting as it sees fit, via ballot box or some other means.  Many schools and libraries have parties, special events, or other Nutmeg celebrations during April.  Each student may vote only once.  Public and school librarians then submit their institution's ballot tallies electronically by April 30th. Official Nutmeg ballots and the links for electronic submission of tallies are posted on this website in April.  

Who chooses the Nutmeg nominees?
School media specialists, public librarians, and reading teachers may serve on selection committees; however, selection committee members must be members of CLA or CASL. Student representatives also serve on each selection committee (except Elementary).  Two 6/7th graders serve on the Intermediate committee, two 8/9th graders on the Teen committee, and two 10/11th graders on the High School committee. They are selected via an application process.  The committees meet from January-November and members are expected to read upwards of 100 titles. See our Participation page for further information if you are interested in serving on a committee.  

How I can I get involved in the Nutmeg Book Award?
Consider serving on a book selection committee, or one of our other committees.  Nutmeg Book Award committees typically meet 2-4 times per year. Serving on most Nutmeg committees does not require a great time commitment, but is very important to the functioning of the Nutmeg Book Award.  Book selection committees require the largest time commitment.  See our Participation page for more details. 

How do I order labels and bookmarks?  
Order Form 2018 Nominees (labels, book marks, seals)
NOTE: Even if you are a school or library, please include shipping and handling fees in your payment. Thank you.
Promotional materials are also available at the CLA and CASL annual conferences with no postage fees.
Order forms may be mailed with payment to:
Heather Aronson
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 262-0626 x111
haronson@biblio.org



Publisher FAQs
I am a publisher/author with a book that would be a perfect Nutmeg Book Award nominee. Can I suggest a title for consideration by the Nutmeg Selection Committee?
Yes. Keep in mind that our selection committee meets from January to November, so the earlier in that calendar that you submit suggestions, the more likely they are to be considered. The book must meet our criteria for submission. Please click HERE to submit your suggested title.

If a book is selected as a Nutmeg Book Award nominee, about how many copies would be needed?
It's hard to say. Guesstimates suggest that Connecticut public and school libraries purchase somewhere between 2,000 and 10,000 copies of each nominee, not including purchases made by children themselves, but there are many factors that enter into that computation, and no data exists to support those estimates.

I would like to become a sponsor of the Nutmeg Book Award.  How do I do that?
Contact this year's Steering Chair. Our sponsors make much of the work of the Nutmeg Book Award possible, along with an all volunteer Steering Committee. It's incredible how much work is done annually by such a small group of dedicated librarians and school media specialists. Sponsors contribute through donations, services, and actual financial support. The Nutmeg Book Award reserves the right to decide what constitutes permitted sponsorship. 

Will I receive advance notification of the list of Nutmeg nominees so I can print up order forms or let my customers know about the titles?
In exchange for support, sponsors (and only sponsors) receive advance notification of the upcoming year's list of nominees. Sponsors are bound by our confidentiality agreement and must keep the titles confidential until May 1st of each year. They may share the title lists with librarians and media specialists for ordering and promoting purposes, but may not post the lists on public websites or promote them in places to which the general public has access until May 1st. This includes: websites, public events, library catalogs, distributed literature, email, book sales, and any other form of communication that has the possibility of reaching the general public, most especially students, before the May 1st announcement of each year's new titles. 

By their participation in the Nutmeg Book Award, librarians, school media specialists, teachers, book sale organizers, and all other school-associated personnel also agree to abide by the confidentiality clause. While slip ups do occur, by and large, our Nutmeg Book Award community does a phenomenal job of keeping the new titles secret for the sake of Connecticut children until the annual announcement date of May 1st. 

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