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2025 Nutmeg Book Award Elementary Nominees (Grades 2-3) 
Aven Green
Best of iggy
Big Truck Little Island
Dear Beast
Ducks OVerboard
Everything in its place
Fauja Singh keeps going
great stink
My Two Border Towns
Sweetest Scoop
Wombats go camping

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2024 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominees (Grades 4-6)
Cookies and Milk
WAyward Creatures
Chester Keene cracks the code
Falling Short
anybody here seen frenchie
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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Eyes that kiss in the corners by Joanna Ho
Eyes That Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho
Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Frazzled by Booki Vivat
Bear Came Along
Drawn Together
Big Mooncake for Little Star
Alvin Ho
Ninja Attack of the clan
No Kimchi for Me
Ohana Means Family
Mountain Chef
Passage to Freedom
Stand up Yumi Chung
Shark Lady
Danbi leads the School Parade
Fauja Singh Keeps Going
Amal Unbound
Worries, Sadness and Other Feelings (resources for adults to talk to children about emotions, tragedy and mental health)
Pig Horse and the Something Scary by Zoey Abbott
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
Find Your Calm by Gabi Garcia
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul
In the Blue


April is Autism Acceptance Month

All Cats have Asperger Syndrome
A Boy Called Bat
A Friend for Henry
How to talk to an Autistic Kid
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
Andy and his Yellow Frisbee
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders
A Kind of spark by Elle Mcnicoll
A different kind of normal
Women’s History and Inspiration
How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln
I am Darn Tough
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Dear Girl
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
I am Malala
I am Enough
Picture Books about Kindness (Pre-K – Gr. 2)
Rainbow Fish
I walk with Vanessa
Big Umbrella
Be Kind
Last Stop on Market Street
The Quiltmakers Gift
Have You Filled a Bucket Today
Do Unto Otters
When We Are Kind
A Simple Kindness
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
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
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
Box of Bones
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
Back to School / Starting School
Way past jealous
Never not ever
Mr. S
The king of kindergarten
The queen of kindergarten
We listen to our bodies
Puppy bus
Bird boy
Tayra’s not talking
Lena’s shoes are nervous
Steve raised by wolves
Maisy goes to preschool
Super pizza and kid kale
Pete the cat: rocking in my school shoes
Llama llama back to school
Llama llama misses mama
Dinosaur starts school
Rick the rock of room 214
Sounds like school spirit
Ready for kindergarten
I am not going to school today
We do not eat our classmates
We will rock our classmates
Today I’m strong
The wishing flower
I promise
bear with me
I forgive Alex
I walk with vanessa
Danbi leads the school parade
Dear Panda
Brave everyday
The invisible boy
Tomatoes in my lunchbox
Kitty cat, kitty cat, are you going to school
Henry at home
A small kindness
Countdown to kindergarten
Sophie’s squash go to school
Jamie is Jamie
hickory dickory dog
Not little
Maple and willow apart
the boy who loved everyone
my first day
On the first day of kindergarten
Pete and polo’s big school adventure
Rescuing Mrs. Birdley
Rain school
The world’s best class plant
How to get your octopus to school
I got the school spirit
One boy watching
Scarlet’s Tale
Breathe like a bear
Night before first grade
The day you begin
Bear’s big day
Mom, it’s my first day of kindergarten
Bulldozer friends
Pete the kitty’s first day of preschool
Nature Inspired Picture Books
Children’s Books about Mindfulness
Find Your Calm
Hurry Up
Pupper in my Head
Breathe Like a Bear
A Little Space for Me
Being a Dog
Three little Yogis
Mindful Me
ABc Mindful Me
Follow Your Breath
Yoga Friends
Yoga Game
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
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
ABC Picture Books
Transportation Picture Books
Celebrate National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)
Nino Wrestles the World
Alma and how she got her name
Lola levine is not mean
Dona Flor
Mango abuela and me
Esperanza rising
Planting Stories
a girl named rosita
Rooster who would not be quiet
my day with panye
Stellas Stellar hair
coqui in the city
gaby lost and found
Harvesting Hope
I love Saturdays
Moon Within
Pablo Remembers
Pio Peep
La Princesa and the Pea
Lucia the Luchadora
Lety Out Loud
Turning Pages
Round is a tortilla
Bossy Gallito
Miles Morales
Nuestra America