Voted on by young readers across the state, the Nutmeg Book Awards are Connecticut's premiere honor for outstanding children's literature. Each year, youngsters choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles in two categories: children in Grades 4-6 participate in the Intermediate category, and readers in Grades 7 and 8 select from a list of Teen nominations.
To be nominated for the award, books must be well-written works of fiction which are copyrighted in the U.S., first published no more than five years ago and now available in paperback.
Students are NOT required to read all ten books to vote, but here at the Ridgefield Library we offer a number of programs to encourage the reading of the nominated titles, including Nutmeg Nibblers and Nutmeg Teen book discussions, as well as author talks. We also make sure we have plenty of copies, so there are always enough to go around.
Students can vote once either at their school library or at their public library. We have ballots and a voting box in Children’s Services should students choose to cast their vote here at the Ridgefield Library. Voting closes January 31st, with the winners to be announced on February 14th.
Contributed by Children's Librarian Mary Beth Rassulo