Do you know what the Nutmeg Book Award is? Every year a select group of students and librarians gather together and read from 60 to 130 books, this number is dependent on for which level they are participating in.
Though I know many adults who do not think of reading youth books — if you are ever looking for some books that speak to an age group; you might consider looking at the teen (grades 7 & 8) or high school (grades 9 to 12) to find what Connecticut tweens and teen say are interesting. Teen readers read 80 books and had to write short blurbs defending their position about if this book should be a nominee … one of 10 books they are asking the rest of the Connecticut students to read. High School readers had to read at minimum of 60 books and find 10 that they recommend to others.
Some of the past award winners are very familiar to readers and movie goers — “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins — please don’t a book by its movie!
These awards are wonderful to be a part of … if only to use the lists as a short list for gift giving or an idea to find some recommended books. The Goshen Public Library always purchases two of each Nutmeg Nominee so that many people can have the opportunity to read these amazing books. You can tell a past nominee because they have the Nutmeg sticker on their spine with the normal library markings.