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Description of the Award

 

 

 

 

Nutmeg Children's Book Award 

 

 

 

What is the Nutmeg Book Award?

The Nutmeg Children's Book Award is the "Children's Choice" Award for Connecticut.  The goal of the committee is to encourage children in grades four, five and six to read quality literature.

 

Who decides the winner?

Connecticut students in grades four, five and six vote for the winning titles from a selected list of ten works determined by the Nutmeg Award Book Selection Committee.  This committee, comprised of children's librarians, school library media specialists and teachers read hundreds of books to determine the 10 nominees.    

     

When did the award begin?

The Nutmeg Children's Book Award begin in 1991.  It is jointly sponsored by he Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Educational Media Association (CEMA.)  

 

What special criteria are used to select this award?

Works of fiction with appeal for readers in grades 4,5,6.

Works written by author who currently resides in the United States.

Works copyrighted in the United States and published in the last five years.

Works currently in print and available in paperback as well as hard cover.

Works that are will written, with strong characterization, vivid setting, striking language, well-constructed plot, and a plausible conclusion.

Why is it called the Nutmeg Children's Book Award?

Connecticut is unofficially known as the Nutmeg State, not because the state produces the spice in large quantities, but because its early citizens were so skilled and industrious that they could make and sell wooden nutmegs.

 

 

What does the award look like?

An open nutmeg fruit reveals the nutmeg seed.  Leaves of the nutmeg tree form a background.  Surrounding this is the phrases---"NUTMEG CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD" and "CHOSEN BY CONNECTICUT'S CHILDREN."

   

     

All nominated titles listed.  Winner in bold.

YEAR AUTHOR TITLE   (Curriculum Lab Call Number)
2008 Bauer, Marion Dane BEAR NAMED TROUBLE
  Crisp, Marty WHITE STAR: A DOG ON THE TITANIC
  Downer, Ann HATCHING MAGIC
  Fardell, John SEVEN PROFESSORS OF THE FAR NORTH
  Hobbs, Will JACKIE'S WILD SEATTLE
  Kehret, Peg ESCAPING THE GIANT WAVE
  Park, Linda Sue PROJECT MULBERRY  (YP  P235pr)
  Riordan, Rick LIGHTNING THIEF
  van Draanen, Wendelin SHREDDERMAN SECRET IDENTITY
  Woodruff, Elvira RAVENMASTER'S SECRET
     
2007 Harlow, Joan Hiatt THUNDER FROM THE SEA
  Ayers, Katherine MACARONI BOY
  Bruchac, Joseph THE WARRIORS
  Creech, Sharon GRANNY TORELLI MAKES SOUP   (YP  C913gr)
  Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie GIFTS FROM THE SEA
  Morpurgo, Michael KENSUKE'S KINGDOM  (YP M871ke)
  Namioka, Lensey HALF AND HALF
  Ritter, John H. THE BOY WHO SAVED BASEBALL  (YP  R614bo)
  Ryan, Pam Munoz BECOMING NAOMI LEON  (YP R989be)
  Seidler, Tor BRAINBOY & THE DEATHMASTER 
     
2006 DuPrau, Jeanne CITY OF EMBER
  Codell, Eseme Raji SAHARA SPECIAL
  Collins, Suzanne GREGOR THE OVERLANDER
  Ferris, Jean ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD
  Frederick Heather Vogel VOYAGE OF PATIENCE GOODSPEED
  Giff, Ratricia Reilly PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS  (J G456pi)
  Klise, Kate TRIAL BY JOURNAL
  Pearsall, Shelley TROUBLE DON'T LAST
  Roberts, Diane MADE YOU LOOK
  Wallace, Bill GOOSED
     
2005 Bruchac, Joseph SKELETON MAN
  Clements, Andrew SCHOOL STORY
  Coville, Bruce MONSTERS OF MORLEY MANOR
  Creech, Ruby Holler RUBY HOLLER  (YP C913ru)
  Harlow, Joan Hiatt JOSHUA'S SONG
  Johnston, Tony ANY SMALL GOODNESS
  Kehret, Peg SAVING LILLY
  Martin, Ann M. BELLE TEAL
  Spinelli, Jerry LOSER  (J S757lo)
  Stanley, Diane MYSTERIOUS MATTER OF I. M. FINE
     

 

2004 Gutman, Dan BABE & ME
  Creech, Sharon WANDERER (YP C913w)
Etchemendy, Nancy POWER OF UN
Hill, Kirkpatrick YEAR OF MISS AGNES
Holmes, Barbara Ware FOLLOWING FAKE MAN  (YP H749fo)
Park, Linda Sue KITE FIGHTERS  (YP P235ki)
Robinet, Harriette Gillem WALKING TO THE BUS-RIDER
Ryan, Pam Munoz ESPERANZA RISING  (YP R989es)
Wiles, Deborah LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER
Wittlinger, Ellen GRACIE'S GIRL
 

 

2003 DiCamillo, Kate BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE  (J  D545be)
Avi PERLOO THE BOLD
Anderson, Laurie Halse FEVER 1793  (YP A547fe)
Bodett, Tom WILLIWAW
Bruchac, Joseph HEART OF A CHIEF
Evans, Douglas ELEVATOR FAMILY
Fletcher, Ralph FLYING SOLO
Harlow, Joan Hiatt STAR IN THE STORM
Levine, Gail Carson DAVE AT NIGHT
Whelan, Gloria HOMELESS BIRD  (YP W566ho)
 

 

2002 Haddix, Margaret Peterson AMONG THE HIDDEN  (YP H126am)
Blackwood, Gary L. SHAKESPEARE STEALER  (YP  B632sh)
Butts, Nancy DOOR IN THE LAKE
Clements, Andrew LANDRY NEWS
Fleischman, Sid BANDIT'S MOON   (J F596ba)
Henkes, Kevin SUN & SPOON  (J H513su)
Holt, Kimberly Willis WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER COMES TO TOWN  (YP H758wh)
Karr, Kathleen GREAT TURKEY WALK
Klise, Kate REGARDING THE FOUNTAIN: A TALE IN LETTERS OF LIARS & LEAKS
Peck, Richard LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO: A NOVEL IN STORIES  (YP P367lo)
 

 

2001 Wardlaw, Lee 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS
DeFelice, Cynthia GHOSE OF FOSSEL GLEN
Delaney, Michael DEEP DOO DOO
Holt, Kimberly Willis MY LOUISIANA SKY
Klass, Sheila Solomon SHOOTING STAR: A NOVEL ABOUT ANNIE OAKLEY
MacDonald, Amy NO MORE NICE
Ryan, Pam Munoz RIDING FREEDOM
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley GIB RIDES HOME  (YP S675gi)
Van Draanen, Wendelin SAMMY KEYES & THE HOTEL THIEF
White, Ruth BELLE PRATER'S BOY  (YP W587be)
 

 

2000 Gutman, Dan MILLION DOLLAR SHOT
Clements, Andrew FRINDLE
Cushman, Karen BALLAND OF LUCY WHIPPLE
Franklin, Kristine L. LONE WOLF
Gilson, Jamie WAGON TRAIN 911
Hesse, Karen MUSIC OF DOLPHINS
Levine, Gail Carson ELLA ENCHANCHANTED  (J L665el)
Nixon, Joan Lowery SEARCH FOR THE SHADOWMAN
Rylant, Cynthia GOOSEBERRY PARK
Woodruff, Elvira DEAR LEVI: LETTERS FROM THE OVERLAND TRAIL  (J W893de)
 

 

1999 Park, Barbara MICK HARTE WAS HERE
Avi POPPY
Birdseye, Tom JUST CALL ME STUPID
Bunting, Eve NASTY STINKING SNEAKERS
Fleishman, Sid 13TH FLOOR, A GHOST STORY
Haddix, Margaret RUNNING OUT OF TIME  (YP H126ru)
Henderson, Aileen SUMMER OF THE BONEPILE MONSTER
Hobbs, Will KOKEPELLI'S FLUTE
Maguire, Gregory SEVEN SPIDERS SPINNING  (J M148se)
Mead, Alice JUNEBUG  (J M479ju)
 

 

1998 Hest, Amy PRIVATE NOTEBOOK OF KATIE ROBERTS
Coville, Bruce JENNIFER MURDLEY'S TOAD
DeFelice, Janet LOSTMAN'S RIVER
Faeddert, LouAnn BREAKING FREE
Klaus, Annette C. ALIEN SECRETS
Lisle, Janet GOLD DUST LETTERS
Paulsen, Gary MR. TUCKET  (YP P332mr)
Pryor, Bonnie POISON IVY AND EYEBROW WIGS
Wallace, Barbara TWIN IN THE TAVERN
Woodruff, Elvira MAGNIFICENT MUMMY MAKER
 

 

1997 Brittain, Bill SHAPE-CHANGER
Bunting, Eve IN-BETWEEN DAYS  (J B942in)
Cleary, Beverly STRIDER
Drucker, Malka JACOB'S RESCUE
Fleischman, Paul BULL RUN
Griffin, Peni TREASURE BIRD
Namioka, Lensey YANG THE YOUNGEST & THE TERRIBLE EAR  (YP N174ya)
Napoli, Donna Jo PRINCE OF THE POND
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux MAYFIELD CROSSING
Sciezka, Jon KNIGHTS OF THE KITCHEN TABLE (J S416ti)
 

 

1996 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds GRAND ESCAPE
Betancourt, Jeanne MY NAME IS BRAIN BRIAN
Boyd, Candy D. CHEVROLET SATURDAYS  (J B789ch)
Cooper, Susan BOGGART  (YP C778bo)
Lowell, Susan I AM LAVINA CUMMING
Mikaelsen, Ben SPARROW HAWK RED (YP M634sp)
Mills, Claudia DINAH FOR PRESIDENT
Napoli, Donna J. SOCCER SHOCK
Woodruff, Elvira DISAPPEARING BIKE SHOP
Yep, Laurence STAR FISHER
 

 

1995 Wallace, Bill BIGGEST KLUTZ IN THE FIFTH GRADE
Conrad, Pam MY DANIEL  (YP C754my)
Fleischman, Sid JIM UGLY
Hesse, Karen LETTERS FROM RIFKA  (J H587le)
Korman, Gordon TWINKIE SQUAD
Lisle, Janet Taylor AFTERNOON OF THE ELVES  (J L771af)
Mikaelsen, Ben RESCUE JOSH MCGUIRE
Pinkwater, Jill TAILS OF THE BRONX
Slote, Alfred FINDING BUCK MCHENRY
Wrede, Patricia DEALING WITH DRAGONS  (J W944de)
 

 

1994 Naylor, Phyllis Naylor SHILOH!  (J N332sh)
Avi WINDCATCHER  (J A957wi)
Brooks, Bruce EVERYWHERE  (J B873ev)
Blume, Judy FUDGE-A-MANIA  (J B658fu)
Carris, Joan AUNT MORBELIA & THE SCREAMING SKULLS  (J C381au)
Conrad, Pam STONEWORDS: A GHOST STORY  (J C754st)
Hahn, Mary Downing STEPPING ON THE CRACKS  (J H148st)
James, Mary SHOEBAG  (J J28sh)
Paulsen, Gary COOKCAMP  (J P332co)
Spinelli, Jerry MANIAC MAGEE  (J S757ma)
 

 

1993 Coville, Bruce MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN
Auch, Mary Jane CRY UNCLE
DeFelice WEASEL  (J D313we)
Fox, Paula VILLAGE BY THE SEA  (J F794vi)
Hall, Lynn IN TROUBLE AGAIN, ZELDA HAMMERSMITH?
Hermes, Patricia HEADS, I WIN
Lowry, Lois NUMBER THE STARS  (J L921nu)
Peck, Sylvia SEAL CHILD
Ragz, M. M.  EYEBALLS FOR BREAKFAST
Reeder, Carolyn SHADES OF GRAY  (J R323sh)
 

 

 

 

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