2019 Elementary Nutmeg Books

Nominated for readers in grades 2-4

What a Delightful Mix!

We are going to have a great time exploring the books on this list - and finding out how we can connect with the stories and styles of so many different authors and illustrators.


Read books from this list so that you can vote for your favorite in April, 2019. The winner will receive the 2019 Elementary Nutmeg Book award - chosen by the children in grades 2-4 in the state of Connecticut. Be one of them, read a book today!


You can find out about the books, and share your opinion, using the links on this page. Check with your local librarians to find a copy to read.

Ada's Violin

by Susan Hood Nonfiction


Start your summer with a musical adventure! Ada longs to play an instrument, but she lives in poverty and can never hope to purchase one. Can the music teacher help her dream come true? Find out about this amazing orchestra built from hope and spare parts.


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Alan's Big Scary Teeth

by Jarvis Humorous Picture Book


Alan the alligator uses his big scary teeth and his big scary voice to scare the other jungle animals all day long. He's the scariest thing in the jungle until the other animals find out his secret. What will Alan do when his scary days are over?


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The Bad Guys

by Aaron Blabey Humor


Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha and Mr. Shark are bad guys, right? But these bad guys don't want to be bad... they want to be superheroes! Are they bad or are they nice? We think you're going to love this new series with its unpredictable stories.


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Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe

by Tricia Springstubb Mystery


Get to know Cody and her best friend, Spencer, as they learn about the world around them and solve the mystery of Mr. Meen, the neighbor they've never seen. The fun starts when Spencer moves in right next door!


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Echo Echo

by Marilyn Singer Poetry


The poems in this beautiful book are based on Greek Myths, and they are written as reverso poems. Have fun with the stories from Greece and the poetic style of Marilyn Singer in this new favorite!


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The Hidden Life of a Toad

by Doug Wechsler Nonfiction


Take a peek into the transformation of a tadpole into a toad in this amazing photo-journal of a toad's life. Learn about the toad and about the world of science photography in this ground breaking book.


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I Dissent

by Debbie Levy Picture Book Biography


Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a U.S. Supreme Court Judge, made a difference in our country by standing up against inequality. Her famous disagreements helped her change unfair laws and make her mark in a world that expected very little from women. This biography may be the inspiration you need to make a difference!


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Juana & Lucas

by Juana Medina Picture Book Memoir


When Juana was a little girl, she loved everything about her life in Colombia except for learning English! She loved her family, her dog, Lucas, and even her school, but English was a hard language and she didn't think she'd ever need it. In this book, Juana uses English and Spanish, and colorful illustrations to share the story of how her grandfather convinced her to learn.


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Lost in NYC

by Nadia Spiegelman & Sergio Sanchez Graphic Novel


New York is a busy city that could confuse anyone, especially a new student on a field trip. Pablo gets separated from his class, but finds a friend and a subway map and learns his way around the Big Apple. Explore the New York City subways from the safety of your home in this exciting graphic novel!


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Pink is for Blobfish

by Jess Keating Nonfiction


If you kind of like science, or if you think you know about the color pink, this is the book for you! This outstanding science book explores pink animals - of all kinds - in all of their strange and unusual shapes and sizes, including the blobfish, naked mole rat and monster slug! Pink is not just pretty anymore!


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The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet

by Carmen Agra Deedy Picture Book


Modern folklore? A new tale with a message of courage for those who are afraid to sing out. This story is set in a spanish village which becomes too noisy for its people. They elect a mayor who promises quiet - but then everyone is silenced. Oh, right, not everyone. No one can stop the rooster from singing. Not the mayor, not anyone.


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Super Turbo Saves the Day

by Lee Kirby Humor


The class pet hamster has a double life - by day he seems normal, but by night he is SUPER TURBO! Get to know the super pets who keep Sunnyview Elementary School safe from evil villains and ninja squirrels in this funny, colorful chapter book! First in a new series!


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When Green Becomes Tomatoes

by Julie Fogliano Poetry


Our seasons are filled with poetry, and this lovely book shows us the beauty from springtime through the year. This descriptive diary of poems is beautifully illustrated in gouache and pencil-crayon by Julie Morstad. You'll want to share these poems with your family and friends!


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Whoosh!

by Chris Barton Biography


Lonnie Johnson is the scientist who accidentally invented the Super Soaker! Read the biography of this NASA engineer who had a stream of inventions but made his biggest splash with a water toy!


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The Wild Robot

by Peter Brown Science Fiction


Can a robot who is programmed to adapt to new surroundings survive alone in nature? When Roz is stranded on an island with no people, she does her best to adapt. Will it be enough?


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