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2019 Nutmeg Book Award Nominees

The Connecticut 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 nominated titles. 
There are four levels of Nutmeg:
Elementary Award:  Grades 2-4
Intermediate Award:  Grades 4-6
Teen Award:  Grades 7-8
High School Award:  Grades 9-12
Votes are cast by children state-wide to select one Nutmeg Book Award winner in each level.

Click on the links below to review what books are currently available at the Meriden Public Library.  As always, staff is available to help you place holds on items that may be checked out.


Elementary Nominees

Blizzard by John Rocco

A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Depsey & Floyd Cooper

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

Hippopotamister by John X Green

Lindbergh by Torben Kuhlmann

Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina

Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy

My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec

Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle & Emily Jenkins

Wet Cement by Bob Raczka

When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carricj Hill

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

whole new

Intermediate Nominees

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb

The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other) by Jeff Rodkey

Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner

last boy

Teen Nominees

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Gjertsen Malone

The Novice by Taran Matharu

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton


High School Nominees

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Traffick by Ellen Hopkins

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon