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Elementary - 2015 Nominees

Balloons Over Broadway

by Melissa Sweet

How did the beloved Macy’s Day Parade decide to add giant floats to its traditional Thanksgiving procession? Meet Tony Sarg, a puppeteer who figured out how to make his designs loom large over the streets of New York City. Sketches, drawings, and scenes from the parade illustrate the development of Sarg’s gravity defying creations.


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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba

This short biography tells the true story of William Kamkwamba’s miraculous inventions. Using books from the library and spare parts, Kamkwamba designed a windmill for his village in Malawi and many other useful innovations to benefit his community in a time of famine.


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Chloe and the Lion

by Mac Barnett

When author Mac writes that Chloe meets a lion in the woods, illustrator Adam draws a dragon instead. The story can’t continue until the author and illustrator get on the same page!


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The day the crayons quit

by Drew Daywalt

Duncan’s box of crayons tells him in no uncertain terms what they think of his coloring habits. From the purple crayon’s request to color inside the lines to the red crayon’s wish for a break, this vociferous box of crayons just can’t keep its lid shut!


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Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000

by Eric Wight

Frankie wants to win his scout troop’s “Pine Run Derby” racing challenge to earn points toward his next level in scouting. The cars he designs, however, are better at crashing than racing. Frankie’s dad offers some smart suggestions, but first Frankie will have to slow down and listen if he wants to achieve his goal.


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Happy like soccer

by Maribeth Boelts

Soccer makes Sierra happy inside and out, but she wishes, just once, her auntie could attend one of her games. Can an understanding coach make Sierra’s wish come true?


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Locomotive

by Brian Floca

All aboard! Join the trains, crew and a family as they journey during the summer of 1869 from Omaha to Sacramento on America’s first transcontinental railroad. Hear the engines, smell the smoke, feel the train sway as you journey across plains, wind through mountains, cross bridges and pass through deserts westward to the Pacific.


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Lulu and the dog from the sea

by Hilary McKay

Lulu’s beach vacation with her parents and her cousin Mellie takes on unexpected excitement when she befriends a stray dog sneaking food from the garbage outside their cottage.


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Miracle Mud

by David A. Kelly

Lena Blackburne may not have been a talented baseball player, but he came up with an idea for the game that we still use today. This is the true story of ‘Blackburne’s Rubbing Mud,’ applied to deflect glare on every baseball in major league games to this very day.


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Odd Duck

by Cecil Castellucci

Theodora and her new neighbor Chad discover the importance of being yourself in this full color graphic novel. Chad’s casual attitude annoys the neat and tidy Theodora until a mutual love of Astronomy cements their friendship.


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Sidney and Sydney : Third grade mix-up

by Michele Jakubowski

The first day in a new school starts out awkwardly when Sidney Fletcher moves to Oak Grove and finds out he shares a name with a girl classmate. Sydney Greene misses having her best friend in her class and thinks the teacher misspelled her name. After the initial embarrassment, the children realize they have common interests such as video games. Can boys and girls really be best friends?


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Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs

by Michaela Muntean

Luciano Anastasini’s acrobatic career ended, he decided to create a circus act with rescue dogs. Color photographs bring to life this heartwarming story of second chances.


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The Secret of the Stone Frog

by David Nytra

Children who like Alice in Wonderland will relish this fantasy graphic novel starring siblings Leah and Alan. They wake in a magical forest filled with every type of enchanted creature, relying on the stone frog to guide them safely home.


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The Trouble with Chickens

by Doreen Cronin

Retired dog detective J.J. Tully takes the case of the two missing chicks with comic results. Can he locate Poppy and Sweetie before they run afoul of neighborhood dog Vince the Funnel?


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Zita the Spacegirl

by Ben Hatke

A little red button falls from the sky, and of course Zita and her friend Joseph have to press it. The button whisks them away to a strange planet where Joseph is promptly captured by a many-tentacled alien. Accompanied by an oddball assortment of alien partners and a human inventor, Zita risks everything to save her friend.


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Nutmeg Voting Day!!

Monday, April 27th, 8:30am-3pm

Kelly Lane Media Center, 60 Kelly Lane, Granby, CT

Third and fourth grade students who read at least 8 of this years nominees are eligible to vote! Share your opinion by stopping into the Media Center to vote for YOUR favorite Nutmeg! Pick the winner! Join the thousands of Connecticut student readers who will be part of this first year of elementary voting!
Thanks to the Connecticut Nutmeg Award Committee for the book descriptions - used with their permission - and to Follett's Titlewave for the book images.


These books are available in our school library and in public libraries across Connecticut.