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2021 Nutmeg Nominees (Grades 4-6)

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2021 Nutmeg Nominees (Grades 2-3)

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April is World Autism Month
All Cats have Asperger Syndrome
A Boy Called Bat
Rules
A Friend for Henry
How to talk to an Autistic Kid
Ian
A whole new ballgame
How to Build a Hug
Someday Birds
Al Capone Does my Shirts
Counting by 7s
My Brother Charlie
All My Stripes
The Asperger Children
Asperger
Andy and his Yellow Frisbee
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Picture Books about Kindness (Pre-K – Gr. 2)

Rainbow Fish
I walk with Vanessa
Big Umbrella
Be Kind
The Giving Tree
Last Stop on Market Street
The Quiltmakers Gift
Have You Filled a Bucket Today
Do Unto Otters
When We Are Kind
A Simple Kindness
Women’s History and Inspiration
How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln
I am Darn Tough
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Dear Girl
Lillian
Drum Dream Girl
Tree Lady
Grace for president
Fly High
Rosie Revere
She Persisted
Sofia Valdez
She persisted in sports
I Like Myself
Women in Science
How to code a sandcastle
I dissent RBG
Ada Twist
Who is Greta Thunberg
One Plastic Bag
Who was Maria Tallchief
Hidden Figures
Bunheads
I am Malala
I am Enough
Black History and Black Authors
Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
Runaway by Ray Anthony Shepard
The Highest Tribute by Kekla Magoon
I am smart, I am Blessed, I can Do Anything by Alissa Holder
William Still and His Freedom Stories by Don Tate
My Hair is Magic by M. L. Marroquin
All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
Bunheads by Misty Copeland
Red Shoes by Karen English
Me and Mama by Cozbi Cabrera
Kamala Harris by Nikki Grimes
Shirley Chrisholm is a Verb by Veronica Chambers
My Rainy Day Rocket Ship by Markette Sheppard
Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd
Be a King by Carole Boston Weatherford
Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
Little Legends by Vashti Harrison
Barack Obama
I promise by Lebron James
My Rainbow by Deshanna Neal
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly Baptist
When Life Gives You Mangos by Kareen Ketten
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
Snowy Stories
Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Snow Dancer by Addie Boswell
Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett
A Long Road on a Short Day by Gary D. Schmidt
Snow Friends by Margery Cuyler
Ella
Trouble at Table 5 I Can
Unicorn and Yeti #1 by Heather Ayris Burnell
After the Snowfall by Rich Lo
Snow Falls by Kate Gardner
One Snowy Morning by Kevin Tseng
Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau
Red Sled by Lita Judge
Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre
Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda
Worries Sadness and Other Feelings

(resources for adults to talk to children about big feelings)

In My Heart by Jo Witek
Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
Dear Mister Rogers, Does it Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood by Fred Rogers
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
When I Feel Sad by Cornelia Maude Spelman
A Little Spot of Anxiety by Diane Alber
The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright
The Problem with Problems by Rachel Rooney
Where Happiness Begins by Eva Eland
Ravi
Find Your Calm by Gabi Garcia
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul

Native American Heritage and Voices
Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell
Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
At The Mountain
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child
In my Anaana
When We Were Along by David A. Robertson
Mama, Do you Love Me? by Barbara M. Joose
Birdsong by Julie Flett
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson and David Shannon
The Sea in Winter by Christine Day
Kiss by Kiss by Richard Van Camp
Raven, Rabbit, Deer by Sue Farrell Holler
When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith
May we Have Enough to Share
Welcome Song for Baby
Picture Books about Monsters and other Spooky Stories
A Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds
Poesy the Monster Slayer by Cory Doctorow
Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago
The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters by Dan Richards
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
Hey, That
The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine
The Ghosts go Haunting by Helen Ketteman
Bears and Boos by Shirley Parenteau
Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
Creepy Chapter Books and Graphic Novels
Whispering Pines by Heidi Lang
The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby
The Gathering by Dan Poblocki
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi
Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings
Gravity Falls Lost Legends
Stranger Things by David Lubar
Estranged by Ethan Aldridge
Nightmares by Jason Segel
Deep and Dark and Dangerous
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptist
Chapter Books that Celebrate Diverse Authors and Characters
ONE CRAZY SUMMER BY RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA
THE DREAMER BY PAM MUNOS RYAN
INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN BY THANHHA LAI
THE COLOR OF MY WORDS BY LYNN JOSEPH
GHOST BOYS BY JEWELL PARKER RHODES
AMINA
JUANA & LUCAS BY JUANA MEDINA
SHOOTING KABUL BY N.H. SENZAI
OUT OF MY MIND BY SHARON M. DRAPER
AMAL UNBOUND BY AISHA SAEED
THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER BY DANA ALISON LEVY
THE RED PENCIL BY ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
YOU DON
BOOK UNCLE AND ME BY UMA KRISHNASWAMI
THE MOON WITHIN BY AIDA SALAZAR
LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN BY MONICA BROWN
PATINA BY JASON REYNOLDS
THE OTHER BOY BY M.G HENNESSEY
DOG DAYS BY KAREN ENGLISH
IVY ABERDEEN
THE BREADWINNER BY DEBORAH ELLIS
WONDER BY R.J PALACIO
ANA MARIA REYES DOES NOT LIVE IN A CASTLE BY HILDA EUNICE BURGOS
THE BEST MAN BY RICHARD PECK
LULU AND THE DUCK IN THE PARK BY HILARY MCKAY
HURRICANE CHILD BY KHERYN CALLENDER
GEORGE BY ALEX GINO
RUBY LU, BRAVE AND TRUE BY LENORE COOK
THE STORIES JULIAN TELLS BY ANN CAMERON
DRAMA BY RAINA TELGEMEIER
GHOST BY JASON REYNOLDS
SAVVY BY INGRID LAW
BETTER NATE THAN EVER BY TIM FEDERLE
AS BRAVE AS YOU BY JASON REYNOLDS
BLACK PANTHER: THE YOUNG PRINCE BY RONALD SMITH
FINDING LANGSTON BY LESA CLINE-RANSOME
WISHTREE BY KATHERINE APPLEGATE
FRONT DESK BY KELLY YANG
MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS BY MEG MEDINA
MY BEIJING BY NIE JUN
SUNNY BY JASON REYNOLDS
MIA MAYHEM IS A SUPERHERO BY KARA WEST
ESPERANZA RISING BY PAM MUNOS RYAN
GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN BY ALICIA WILLIAMS
BROWN GIRL DREAMING BY JACQUELINE WOODSON
CLEAN GETAWAY BY NIC STONE
Children’s Picture Books That Celebrate Diverse Authors and Characters
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET BY MATT DE LA PENO
JULIAN IS A MERMAID BY JESSICA LOVE
EVERYWHERE BABIES BY SUSAN MYERS
THE FAMILY BOOK BY TODD PARR
MOMMY, MAMA, AND ME BY LE SLEA NEWMAN
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN BY MICHAEL TYLER
THE SANDWICH SWAP BY QUEEN RANIA
LET THE CHILDREN MARCH BY MONICA CLARK-ROBINSON
FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES! BY SUZANNE LANG
I LOVE SATURDAYS BY ALMA FLOR ADA
ALL ARE WELCOME BY ALEXANDRIA PENFOLD
I AM ENOUGH BY GRACE BYERS
THUNDER BOY JR. BY SHERMAN ALEXIE
SAME, SAME, BUT DIFFERENT BY JENNY SVEKOSTECKI-SHAW
THE BIG UMBRELLA BY AMY JUNE BATES
MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM BY TAMMI SAUER
PRINCE & KNIGHT BY DANIEL HAHCK
THE YOUNGEST MARCHER BY CYNTHIA LEVINSON
JABARI JUMPS BY GAIA CORNWALL
THE PROUDEST BLUE BY IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD
LEILA IN SAFFRON BY RUKSHSANNA GUIDROZ
BIG RED LOLLIPOP BY RUKHSANA KHAN
FRY BREAD: A NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY STORY BY KEVIN NOBLE MAILLARD
BE KIND BY PAT ZIETTOW MILLER
PINK IS FOR BOYS BY ROBB PEARLMAN
DON
THANK YOU, OM! BY OGE MARA
MOMMY
ISLANDBORN BY JUNOT DIAZ
HENRY
GIVING THANKS BY JAKE SWAMP
WHEN ANGELS SING BY MICHAEL JAMES MAHIN
DREAMERS BY YUYI MORALIES
TAR BEACH BY FAITH RINGGOLD
DRAWN TOGETHER BY MINH LEE
HIDDEN FIGURES BY MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY
THE STUFF OF STARS BY MARION DANE BAUER
A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR BY GRACE LIN
ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME BY JUANA MARTINEZ NEAL
HOW TO READ A BOOK BY KWAME ALEXANDER
ONLY A TREE KNOWS HOW TO BE A TREE
ABC Picture Books
Transportation Picture Books
Nature Inspired Picture Books
Third Grade Favorites
Middle Grade: Humor
Middle Grade: Historical Fiction
Middle Grade: Fantasy and Adventure
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
Pip Bartlett
Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath by Jacob Sager Weinstein
A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer
Artemis Fowl by Chris Colfer
The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brailler
Wild Born by Brandon Mull
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Rise of the Dragon Moon by Gabrielle Byrne
Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
The Serpent
Middle Grade: Realistic Fiction
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Fish in a tree by Lynda Hunt
Song for a Whale by Lynn Kelly
Louisiana
Hello Universe by Erin Kelly
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
Counting by 7
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Rules by 	Cynthia Lord
Save me a Seat by	Sarah Weeks
As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
The Line Tender by Kate Allen
One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko
New York Times Bestsellers: Children’s Middle Grade Hardcover
The One And Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America
Diary of An Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney
Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
Little Legends by Vashti Harrison
Ickabog
Awesome friendly
Amari and the Night Brothers
Wonder
New York Times Bestsellers: Children’s Series
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Dogman by Dave Pilkey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan
Baby-Sitters Club Graphix
Wings of Fire 1 by Sutherland
Wings of Fire 1 Graphic
Who Was
New York Times Bestsellers: Children’s Picture Books
Hair Love
We are Water Protectors
I am enough
How to catch a leprechaun
Tale of the Mandarin Duck
Sulwe
Pete the cat leprechaun
Grumpy Monkey