Elementary Nutmeg Titles 2017

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What's New?

The Elementary Nutmeg Book Award

A new element has been added to the Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award. In addition to the Intermediate and Teen categories, an Elementary category for students in Grades 2 through 4 has been established.

An Elementary list of titles for readers in grades 2 through 4 was created to join the Intermediate list (grades 4 through 6) and the Teen list (grades 7 and 8). Fifteen books were nominated last spring. To be nominated, books must be works of fiction or narrative nonfiction, with appeal for readers in grades 2 through 4; able to be read or enjoyed by readers in grades 2 through 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.

Second, third, and fourth grade students may vote for their favorite book in Spring 2017. Students need not read all fifteen titles to vote for their favorite book. The book that Chester students select as their favorite is announced on the day our students vote. Their ballot totals are sent to the state's Nutmeg Committee to be tabulated with all the other Connecticut student ballots. The state winners are announced in mid May.

Nutmeg Book Nominees for 2017

HiloHilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.

GrandmaGrandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott Menchin

After his teacher says that anything can be in an art exhibition, and his fellow students give myriad reasons why something might belong in a museum, a child offers his special grandmother as an exhibit but when the curator cites a rule against accepting grandmas, the child has a better idea.

HanaHana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

With the help of her memories of the time she spent in Japan with her ojiichan, which is a professional violinist, a young girl named Hana practices and practices playing her violin for her school talent show.

HarrietHamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

VillageIn a Village by the Sea by Muon Van

Moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again, 'Village by the Sea' tells the story of longing for the comforts of home.

LuluLulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst

When Lulu's parents go on vacation, the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky comes to babysit and Lulu behaves as badly as possible to get her to leave until Ms. Solinsky reveals her secret.

FerrisMr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis

Step right up and into the dazzling creation of George Ferris for Chicago's 1893 World's Fair. Find out how this marvel of steel, the Ferris wheel, was first constructed, though many doubted it would ever happen.

Plastic BagOne Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

Isatou Ceesay finds a way to recycle discarded plastic bags that have accumulated in dirty heaps in her Gambian village.

PhineasPhineas L. MacGuire...Gets Cooking! by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Phineas L. MacGuire discovers that cooking is a lot like chemistry and realizes his new chore may just be the key to winning the $10,000 prize in annual Bake Off Contest. However, his kitchen experiments take a turn for the worse when the school bully takes a huge liking to Phineas's brownies.

QueenQueen of the Diamond by Emily Arnold McCully

In this true story, Lizzie becomes the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game and the first person to play on both the New England and American Leagues' All-Star Teams. These accomplishments occurred in a time when baseball was a man's game.

QuinnyQuinny & Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen

Quinny makes friends easily and lives in a big city. Hopper is quiet, shy, and likes to draw. They become summertime best friends. Read to find out if their unlikely friendship continues into the new school year.

RangerRanger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner

Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue dog except for the squirrels, but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850, where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.

SkateboardSkateboard Party by Karen English

Richard can't wait to show off his skills at a friend's skateboard birthday party, but a note home from his teacher threatens to ruin his plans. His parents insist that he complete his school work before he can go to the party. Can he focus, make his teacher and parents happy and go to the party?

Star StuffStar Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson

This biography of Carl Sagan focuses on his childhood and traces his path to become a renowned astronomer whose career includesdparticipating in the Voyager mission. As Voyager made its way into the vast cosmos, he persuaded the project managers to turn its cameras back toward Earth to send back a picture famously know as "The Blue Dot."

Winter BeesWinter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

This poetry book celebrates animals that hibernate and survive in the cold during the winter months.




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