2017 Elementary Nutmeg Books

Grades 2-4

Fifteen titles to read before April, 2017. We will vote at the end of the month!

Hilo, The Boy who Crashed to Earth

by Judd Winick


DJ is just an ordinary kid until he finds Hilo, who crashed to Earth. Hilo does not remember where he came from or why he landed on Earth. Will Hilo remember his past in time to save Earth?


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Grandma in Blue with Red Hat

by Scott Menchin


After his teacher says that anything can be an art exhibition, a young boy offers his special grandmother as an exhibit. But when he is told that the museum has a rule against accepting grandmas, the boy has a better idea.


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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

by Chieri Uegaki


What gift did Hana Hashimoto's grandfather give her that does not come in a box?


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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

by Ursula Vernon


A hamster that is a princess? Now, that's funny, isn't it? Be prepared to laugh as you read this hilarious adventure story about Princess Harriet Hamsterbone who tries to undo a spell that was cast by the Wicked Fairy Godmouse.


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Inside a Hamster's Cheeks!

In a Village by the Sea

by Muon Van


While a fisherman is at sea, his wife and child anxiously wait at home for his return. The family's yellow dog carefully watches the household activities to reveal another world inside the home.


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Lulu's Mysterious Mission

by Judith Viorst


When Lulu's parents announce they are going on vacation without her, she tries everything she can to get rid of Ms. Solinsky, the babysitter. That is, until Ms. Solinsky reveals her secret identity , turning Lulu from a troublemaker into Ms. Solinsky's biggest fan.


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Mr. 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 could ever happen.


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One Plastic Bag

by Miranda Paul


In Njau, Gambia, broken and discarded plastic bags were littering the streets and causing a huge problem. Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags, transform her community, and make a difference in our world.


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Phineas L. MacGuire... Gets Cooking!

by Francis O'Roark Dowell


When Phineas L. MacGuire, scientist extraordinaire, discovers that cooking is a lot like chemistry, he realizes his new chore may just be the key to winning the $10,000 prize in the annual Bake Off contest. Meanwhile, the school bully has developed quite a liking for Phineas' brownie recipe. Will Phineas get cooking and handle it all?


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Go Phineas!

Queen of the Diamond

by Emily Arnold McCully


At a time when baseball was a man's game, Lizzie Murphy beat the odds! In this true story, Lizzie went from being a batboy to becoming the first person to play on both Major League All-Star Teams. Lizzie Murphy reminds all of us to persevere and follow our dreams!


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Lizzy Murphy

Quinny & Hopper

by Adriana Brad Schanen


Quinny makes friends easily and lives in a big city. Hopper is quiet, shy, and likes to draw. Read to find out if the most unlikely of friends remain friends.


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Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail

by Kate Messner


Ranger has been trained to be a search-and-rescue dog, but he never expected to be transported back to the Oregon Trail! Will he be able to help his new family complete their journey safely and figure out how to make it back to the place he's always called home?


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Skateboard Party

by Karen English


Richard is excited to show off his new skateboard trick at his friend's party, but when he falls behind on his school work and his parents find out, his punishment is no tv or video games for ten days, and no skateboard party. Richard wants to get his project done and make his teacher and parents happy, but with so many distractions, will he be able to focus on his work?


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Star Stuff

by Stephanie Roth Sisson


Have you ever looked up at a clear night sky and wondered about the stars that light up the universe? If so, you might grow up to be an astronomer like Carl Sagan! Read "Star Stuff" to learn more about this interesting man!


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Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

by Joyce Sidman


How do bees and beavers survive the winter? In this poetry book, you will learn about so many different animals and how they cope with the winter months.


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