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Nutmeg Nominees 2022

Elementary Nominees 

Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter, art by Felicita Sala 

Are humans really as scary as the teachers at the Academy for Curious Squidges say? Hugo the young sasquatch isn’t so sure. Boone, the boy he spots while playing hide and sneak, doesn’t seem so bad. Join Hugo and Boone as they adventure through the Big Wide World! 


CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington 

Oh no! The world is running out of power! Can the best space cats on the planet set up a solar power plant on the moon and get the lights back on? 


Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist  by Linda Skeers, art by Marta Álvarez Miguéns 

One day, while hunting for fossils on the beach near her home, Mary Anning dis-covers the bones of a creature that no one has ever seen before. Science will never be the same! 


InvestiGATORS by John Patrick Green 

Will the InvestiGators track down the tricky trail of clues or will the criminals slip through their grasp? Join super spy alligators Mango and Brash as they go undercover to solve the case! 


Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor, art by Rafael López 

Just like the plants in their garden, Sonia and her friends are all different, with different needs, strengths and challenges. By staying curious and learning from each other they all work together to make the world stronger and more interesting. What will you do with your powers? 


Forty one-page biographies of amazing Black women past and present. Facing each is a portrait created by the author in her distinct style. You may know about some of these noteworthy women, and many may be brand new to you!


Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, art by Hatem Aly  

Meet Yasmin, a Pakistani American girl with a big imagination and lots of personality. This fun chapter book will take you along on four of Yasmin’s adventures as you get to know her and her family. There are even some recipes you can try!


Megabat by Anna Humphrey, art by Kass Reich 

A new house for Daniel and a surprise in his attic bedroom! It’s a little bat far from home. How can Daniel and his new friends help?


Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas & Daniel Egneus 

What does it take to survive in nature? Follow the journey of the peppered moth as it adapts to its ever-changing environment over time.


My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, art by Zeke Peña 

Daisy loves riding around her neighborhood perched behind her Papi on his motorcycle. As they go from street to street she sees all the people and places she loves, from the market to Abuelita’s house to Papi’s construction site. Come along for the ride! 


The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, with S. K. Ali, art by Hatem Aly 

Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school. Faizah thinks it is beautiful and makes her sister look like a princess, but not everyone feels that way. 


Seeds Move! by Robin Page 

Before it can become a plant, a seed has to find the perfect place to grow. But how does it get there? It might travel on the wind, on the water, on an animal -- even on YOU! There are so many ways that seeds move! 


Superlative Birds by Leslie Bulion, art by Robert Meganck 

Birds may come in all shapes and sizes, but each one is the most, the best, the best at something! In this collection of poems, learn about those always-fascinating flying creatures -- birds! 


The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson 

A poetic tribute to Black American heroes and regular folks who faced struggles, prejudice and oppression and survived. Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson have created a love letter to the unforgettable, undeniable, unafraid, unbelievable...the undefeated! 


We Are Water Protectors  by Carole Lindstrom, art by Michaela Goade 

“We come from water,” says Nokomis, the grandmother. But what is the black snake that legend warns will poison the water? And will the people stand together to protect the water?


Intermediate Nominees

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
With Scoob in trouble at school and home, he isthrilled when G’ma asks him to take a road trip. G’ma’s stories make him realize how different things used to be for someone who was Black.
And why is G’ma dodging his dad’s phone calls and changing license plates on the RV?


COG by Greg Van Eekhout
Cog is just like any other twelve-year-old boy— except his brain and body were created by a kind scientist who built him to learn. When his scientist caretaker goes missing, Cog embarks on a mission to find her and learns more than he expected along the way.


Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido
Emmy, 12, already feels out of place having been born to highly musical parents, while she struggles with stage fright. When Emmy connects with computer class and starts to learn coding she thinks she is finally finding her place in the world—but is it really as easy as do-re-mi?

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
In a world full of differences, Haley, Esteban, Tiago, Holly, Amari, and Ashton find common bonds in the A.R.T.T. room (A Room To Talk). Every Friday at 2:00 they tell their stories and connect with each other for an hour without a teacher. What they say in the room, stays in the room.


Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
Nova thinks deeply about many things, especially outer space, but only her sister Bridget knows. Nova is on the autism spectrum, living with a new foster family, and Bridget has disappeared. She promised to be back in time for the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger launch, so Nova counts down the days until the Shuttle launches and she can be with Bridget again.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Coyote Sunrise has an unusual life. She’s home schooled in a bus while she travels all over the country with her dad. Coyote is content with her lot in life, but when she realizes that the park
near her old home holding special memories is about to be destroyed, she strategizes a way to get there before it’s too late.


Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Sal Vidon is new to school and has made an impression. He's been in the principal's office, and made enemies of both Gabi and Yasmany. Sal’s magic isn’t always appreciated. If the ability to reach through space and time can’t make middle school smooth for Sal, maybe friendship could.


Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks
Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends living on board the Wilnick Station. Tallulah’s mom finds Sanity’s secret and unauthorized science experiment, an adorable three-headed kitten named Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds. When Princess Sparkle goes missing and the space station begins experiencing technical problems, the girls try to find Princess Sparkle before it’s too late.

Wink by Rob Harrell
Ross is diagnosed with a rare eye cancer in the summer before middle school. After surgery, radiation, a mandatory hat, and really sticky eye cream, can Ross find a way to fit in at school?


You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P! by Alex Gino
When Jilly’s baby sister is born deaf, Jilly connects with a deaf gamer in her online gaming community and discovers that the world does not always treat people the same way. She is hearing and White, her sister is deaf and White, and her new friend is deaf and Black.