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Nutmeg Nominees 2021

Elementary Nominees

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

Everyone knows the story of Humpty Dumpty’s great fall off the wall. But what if that was only the beginning of the story? Will Humpty be able to overcome his fear and climb back up that wall?


Because by Mo Willems

A young girl is given the opportunity to listen to an orchestra for the first time and is inspired to create her own music and perform it for others..


Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits by Cynthia Lord

Calling all animal lovers! This true story follows the cottontails of a special foster family. Discover what it takes to foster animals and the ways rabbits communicate with each other and with humans.


The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Summer vacation can't last long enough for the kids in the cardboard kingdom. Armed only with craft supplies and their imaginations, these neighborhood kids become extraordinary characters and embark on thrilling adventures, filling their summer with fun and learning more about themselves and each other in the pro-cess.


Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

Carter G. Woodson, the child of former slaves, grew up reading the newspaper to his family and later his fellow miners. His love of knowledge inspired him to further his education, explore his people’s history, and become the founder of Black History Month.


Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Venus and Serena Williams sisters, best friends and two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Before they were world famous they were two young girls with big tennis dreams.


Ida, Always by Caron Levis

Gus and Ida are polar bears and best friends at the zoo. Together they toss a ball, splash water, chase, and race. They sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the city. Until one day when Gus finds out that Ida is ill. How will the friendship change?


The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

Louie and Ralph Ratso want to be tough just like their dad, Big Lou. They try their best to be tough, but somehow end up helping others. What will happen when their dad finds out that Louie and Ralph have been doing good deeds for others?


Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen  by Debbi Michiko Florence

It’s hard to shine in the shadow of an older sister. So Jasmine wants to do some-thing her sister, and no other girl in her family, has done before.


Magic Ramen:The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang

Do you like magic? Read Magic Ramen, the true story of noodles that become chicken soup!


Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes

Service dogs have important jobs and when Rescue gets an unexpected assign-ment, he’s worried he isn’t ready. Together, Rescue and Jessica learn to believe in each other and move forward into the future as a team.


Seashells: More Than a Home by Melissa Stewart

A shell is more than just a covering for the mollusk inside! What are the many jobs a shell can do? The various types of shells help the animal to glide, stick, dig deep, pop things open, and curl up in a ball. Wonderfully written and illustrated so young scientists can learn how seashells work in different ways.


We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Starting school and making friends can be tough, especially when you are a T-Rex in a classroom full of tasty children. Will Penelope learn how to make friends, not eat them?


Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

When two families become one, Wedgie the dog who thinks he is a superhero, and Gizmo the guinea pig who thinks he is an evil genius, need to share their humans. The story unfolds through the point of view of the pets in alternating chapters. This fun book is the first in a series.


The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter

When young Zaha Hadid looked at the world around her, she didn't see rigid squares and rectangles, but flowing curves. Overcoming the odds as a female Muslim architect, she took this vision and created architecture that swooped and flowed and changed the world.


Intermediate Nominees

Framed! by James Ponti

Florian Bates has a Theory of All Small Things (T.O.A.S.T.) which helps him navigate through a new school and life. When he explains his theory to Margaret and then shows her how it works in an art museum, they uncover a BIG mystery. Things get really exciting!


Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Mia Tang’s family has moved from China to California in hopes of a better life. When they start to manage the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk but soon gets into trouble with the cruel owner. It will take Mia’s plucky perseverance to help the hotel guests and her family while trying to reach her dreams.


The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff

After Winnie’s life falls apart due to her par-ents’ divorce, she decides the only solution is to move into a treehouse between her parents’ houses and stay there until they will listen to her. When her friends move in, there are de-mands from ten different children and ten sets parents all determined to bring this arrangement to an end!


Love You, Michael Col-lins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

It’s 1969 and the world is awaiting the launch of Apollo 11. Mamie’s class is writing letters to the three astronauts aboard Apollo 11. She alone chooses to write to Michael Collins who will orbit the moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on it. What should she say? What should she do?


Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

Macy’s life is turning upside-down! Her mother is getting married and her home is up for sale. Macy is sent next door to help an elderly neigh-bor who is also moving. Despite Macy’s deaf-ness, she and the “Rainbow Goddess” learn to communicate and even discover a shared love of stories and cookies.


The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

Kaidu and Rat both live in the Nameless City, but they come from different cultures. Kaidu is the privileged son of the current conquerors and Rat is a street-wise native of the city. Their unlikely friendship might be just what the frag-ile peace of the Nameless City needs to survive.


New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jordan Banks’ parents send him to an elite school far from his neighborhood in the city. Now he feels like he is living two lives and not fitting in with either. What will it take for Jor-dan to feel welcome with old friends and new classmates?


The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

It is bad enough Tessa Woodward had to say goodbye to the beach and her best friend and move to cold, chilly Chicago with her family, but then unexplained things start happening in her new house. Lights flicker on and off, doors slam and her little brother’s creepy ventriloquist doll starts crying real tears. With the help of her new friends, Tessa soon starts to unravel the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street.


Restart by Gordon Korman

Chase can’t remember anything! ANYTHING! Not his name, not his mother, not his friends. When he goes back to school, some people treat him like a king and some run the other way. Who was Chase before the accident? Is this a chance to restart his life and be a better person?


We're Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

Earth is destroyed, Mars is running out of food and Planet Choom has invited humans to live on their planet. After travelling for 20 years to reach Choom, humans are no longer welcome. One family is chosen to represent the human race. Can they convince the species of Choom that humans are peaceful so they can stay?