New Nutmeg Books

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The month of May is one of my favorite times of year as a librarian. The new Nutmeg books are released! 

Some of you may know what Nutmeg books are, but for those who don’t, the Nutmeg Book Award is a children’s book award for Connecticut students, and April is voting season. In May, the new nominees are released!

Ten books are nominated every year, students read as many as they can, and vote for their favorite. The book that garners the most votes — wins! 

The award started back in 1993, and the books nominated were for students in grades 4-6. In 2005, a middle school list was started for grades 7-8. Six years ago, in 2014, elementary and high school lists were added. The elementary list is for grades 2-3 and instead of 10 books, it sports 15! The first winner back in 1993 was My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville. These days there are four winners each year; one from each list. There is a tab in our catalog for the new nominees. (Past nominees and winners can be found at

Be sure to look for the e-book or e-audio in Overdrive through our website! Remember to download the app first, and sign up for an account with the barcode from the back of your library card. 

No library card? No problem! You can sign up for an e-card through our website (, or through our online catalog. And if you have any problems, be sure to leave a message at 860-668-3896 (we will return your call), or email us at  Hope to see you soon!

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