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    July 11, 2014: Apply for a Thurber House residency!

    Thurber House has a Children’s Writer-in-Residence program for middle-grade authors each year and  guidelines and application form for the 2015 residency were just released.

    This unique residency has been in existence since 2001, offering  an opportunity for authors to have time to work on their writing in a fully furnished apartment, in the historic boyhood home of author and humorist, James Thurber. Deadline is October 31, 2014. For details, go to READ MORE

    July 10, 2014:

    Spread MG books in unexpected places 7/19
    Drop a copy of your own book or of another middle-grade favorite in a public place on July 19 -- and some lucky reader will stumble upon it.
    Ginger Lee Malacko is spearheading this Middle Grade Bookbomb (use the hashtag #mgbookbomb in social media) -- much in the spirit of Operation Teen Book Drop.  Read more ...

June 16, 2014:
Fizz, Boom, Read: Summer reading 2014

Hundreds of public libraries across the U.S. are celebrating reading this summer with  the theme Fizz, Boom, Read! Find out more about this year's collaborative summer reading program and check out suggested booklists and activities. Read more ...

April 30, 2014:
Join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and help change the world

The conversation on diversity in children's books has grown beyond book creators and gate keepers to readers and book buyers. What can you do? Take part in the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign May 1 though 3 on Tumblr and Twitter and in whatever creative ways you can help spread the word to take action. Read more ….

April 11, 2014:
Fall 2014 Children's Sneak Peek
A peek at forthcoming middle grade books (as well as picture books and YA books) in a round-up from Publisher's Weekly. First printed in the February 22 issue, but now available online. Time to add to your to-read list. Read more ...

April 9, 2014:
How many Newbery winners have you read?
You could make a traditional list of all the Newbery Medal Award-winning Children's Books you've read, but there's something so satisfying when you check them off and get a final tally on this BuzzFeed quiz. Read more ...

March 28, 2014:
Middle Grade fiction is hot at 2014 Bologna Children's Book Fair

For the second year in a row, publishers are clamoring for middle-grade, reporters Publishers Weekly. "I’ve been coming [to Bologna] for 12 to 15 years, and I’ve never had as many European publishers asking for middle-grade," said Steven Chudney of the Chudney Agency. Read more ...

February 14, 2014:
Cybils Awards announced
Ultra by David Carroll (Scholastic Canada) wins the Cybil for middle grade fiction; Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney Hyperion) wins for Speculative Fiction. Read more.

January 27, 2014: And the Newbery Medal goes to ...
Kate DiCamillo won the Newbery Medal for "Flora & Ulysses"; Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King Author award for "P.S. Be Eleven." Newbery Honor awards to authors Vince Vawter, Amy Timberlake, Kevin Henkes and Holly Black. For all the exciting ALA Youth Media Award News ... READ MORE

November 12, 2013:
Vote in the GoodReads semifinal round

Readers' votes have narrowed the middle-grade semifinals down to 20 titles. Log in to your GoodReads account and vote for your favorite middle-grade (and in other categories, of course). Read more ...

November 9, 2013:
Publishers Weekly Top Children's Books of 2013

Middle-grade and young adult titles selected by the editors of Publishers Weekly as their top picks of the year. Let the season of "top ten books" begin! Read more ...

October 14, 2013:
Middle Shelf: Cool Reads for Kids debuts January 2014

Shelf Media Group, publisher of Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine, will launch a new free digital-only publication for middle-grade readers. The debut issue features interviews with such notable authors as Margaret Peterson Haddix and Chris Grabenstein as well as reviews, excerpts, and more. Middle Shelf will be published bi-monthly beginning in January 2014.
Read more ...

September 19, 2013: Writer-in-Residence program at Thurber House

Dream of time and space to focus on your own writing project? Applications now being accepted (11/1/2013 deadline) for The Thurber House Residency in Children's Literature, a month-long retreat in the furnished third-floor apartment of Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Read more ...

September 18, 2013: Vermont College of Fine Arts Scholarship opportunity

Barry Goldblatt Literary launches The Angela Johnson Scholarship, a talent-based grant for writers of color attending the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program at VCFA. Up to two $5,000 grants will be awarded each year. Read more ....

September 16, 2013:
National Book Awards longlist for youth literature

For the first time, the NBA is presenting lists of 10 books/authors on the longlist in each category. The 2013 young adult literature list includes five middle grade novels and five YA. Read more ...

Sept. 13, 2013: Spring preview
Check out Publishers Weekly roundup of upcoming children's books to be published in spring 2014. Read more...

August 21, 2013:
Want to be a Cybils Award Judge?

Middle grade categories are fiction, speculative fiction, nonfiction. Applications due August 31! Read more ...

August 19, 2013:
S&S and BN reach a deal
Readers will soon be able to find books from Simon & Schuster at Barnes & Noble. The bookstore chain was locked in a disagreement with the publisher over how much it was willing to pay for books. Read more ...

August 6, 2013:
NPR's 100 Must-Reads for Kids
NPR's Backseat Book Club asked listeners to nominate their favorite books for readers ages 9 to 14. More than 2,000 people nominated titles, and a panel of Newbery authors brought the list to 100. Most are middle grade books. Read more ...

July 2, 2013:
Penguin & Random House Merger

The new company, Penguin Random House, will control more than 25 percent of the trade book market in the United States. On Monday, the newly formed company began to take shape, only hours after a middle-of-the-night announcement that the long-planned merger had been completed. Read more ...

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  • Our Nine-Book Giveaway Winner (and our Second Summer Giveaway)!


    And the winner of our nine-book giveaway is…

    Megan Oliphant!

    Congrats, Megan!  We hope you’ll enjoy each book.  Please send an email to msfishby@fromthemixedupfiles.com with your mailing address, and we’ll send the books to you.

    For those who didn’t win, don’t worry.  Our summer giveaways are just getting started!  In fact, our second giveaway starts today!

    We have the following three titles to give away to one lucky reader:

    To enter, simply leave  a comment below.  Earn extra entries by blogging, tweeting, or facebooking this giveaway (don’t forget to share a link to your blog or tweet).  This giveaway is for US/CAN residents only (sorry, we can’t ship these internationally).  The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

    We also want to thank the authors who have donated books to our summer giveaways.  We appreciate your willingness to help spread the word about great middle-grade books!



    1. Renae Hipple  •  Jun 22, 2010 @12:46 am

      Looking for more great reads! LOVE the website! :)


    2. Heather Rae  •  Jun 22, 2010 @1:42 am

      Looks like some great books! I’ve been loving checking out your website. Thanks! I tweeted it, too – http://twitter.com/insearchofsquid :)

    3. Andrea  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:06 am

      Wow – another great contest. And I love reading your MG news!

    4. Natalie Aguirre  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:47 am

      Thanks for another contest. I love that you focus on MG books.

    5. Erin  •  Jun 22, 2010 @7:25 am

      I love hearing about all these books. Thanks for sharing!

    6. Kristen  •  Jun 22, 2010 @7:34 am

      Yay for another contest! :) I just love you Middle Grade authors. Big congrats to Megan! Green with jealousy over here. :)

      Also, I tweeted: http://twitter.com/bookgoil/status/16768494769

    7. Kurtis Scaletta  •  Jun 22, 2010 @8:06 am

      If ever you’d meet me
      You wouldn’t forget me.
      If you never do,
      You won’t think I’m true;
      But old Oliphaunt am I,
      And I never lie.

      (I’m not saying Megan is old… just remembering Tolkien’s oliphaunts. Congrats, Megan! Send us your address, I have a MUDVILLE to send you.)

    8. Lois D. Brown  •  Jun 22, 2010 @8:14 am

      I’ve got my fingers crossed.

    9. Emily aka WilowRaven  •  Jun 22, 2010 @9:44 am

      Awesome! Thanks guys!!

    10. Laura Marcella  •  Jun 22, 2010 @10:17 am

      Congratulations, Megan!

      Thanks for having these contests!!!

    11. Katrina  •  Jun 22, 2010 @10:25 am

      would love to win!

    12. Cathy Ogren  •  Jun 22, 2010 @11:36 am

      I love contests, and I love your new website!
      tweeted: http://twitter.com/CathySOgren

    13. Helene Boudreau  •  Jun 22, 2010 @3:21 pm

      Congratulations, Megan! Good luck to all the new entrants. MG rocks!

    14. Cindy  •  Jun 22, 2010 @3:29 pm

      These books look great… would love to win. Thanks!

    15. Shari  •  Jun 22, 2010 @3:42 pm

      Another contest?! Sweet. Thanks! :)

    16. Jess  •  Jun 22, 2010 @4:05 pm

      Haven’t heard of any of these, but am excited to check them out!

    17. Jess  •  Jun 22, 2010 @4:20 pm
    18. Mindy Alyse Weiss  •  Jun 22, 2010 @4:45 pm

      Congrats, Megan!

    19. Barbra Hesson  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:03 pm

      Hi, wow another books give-a-way. My new library could sure use them. I review books with the Calgary Herald and have your site on my personal website: barbra.hesson.com
      Tweet tweet, count me in, hope I win.

    20. Jemi Fraser  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:37 pm

      Great contest … again!

      Congrats to Megan :)

    21. KatherineR  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:53 pm

      Would love to try again.

    22. Cathe Olson  •  Jun 22, 2010 @8:52 pm

      I’m enjoying finding out about all these great middle-grade titles. Would love to win them.

    23. Kristin Gray  •  Jun 22, 2010 @10:11 pm

      Thanks so much! *fingers crossed*

    24. Deb  •  Jun 22, 2010 @11:15 pm

      Congrats Megan!!

      Hoping to win this time around oh yes yes I am. I twittered here:


      Thanks for another contest!

    25. Kari Townsend  •  Jun 23, 2010 @5:49 am

      Love the site and the books look awesome. Great job ladies.

    26. Marcia  •  Jun 23, 2010 @7:33 am

      Congrats, Megan! Please enter me in the new giveaway. It’s a sidebar on my blog: http://marciahoehne.blogspot.com. The avatars crack me up! :)

    27. colleen kosinski  •  Jun 23, 2010 @8:52 am

      Would love to read more MG books!

    28. S A Putnam  •  Jun 23, 2010 @9:07 am

      Congratulations, Megan! Thanks for posting another contest! Your site is terrific, by the way!!

    29. S A Putnam  •  Jun 23, 2010 @11:18 am
    30. Karen  •  Jun 23, 2010 @1:12 pm

      I’m never at a loss for suggestions of good MG books to read with this blog! I’d love to read the three giveaways shown above!

    31. Jennifer Duddy Gill  •  Jun 23, 2010 @2:53 pm

      Hooray for Megan!
      And good luck to everyone who wants to win the three titles in this new contest!

    32. Liz S  •  Jun 23, 2010 @5:13 pm

      I say congratulations to Megan, but I’m still having a hissy fit. Crongratulations anyway, someone had to win. Hooray for You!

      I love this site and the great books you list.

      I would tweet, but I haven’t an account yet. I would blog, but I haven’t a blog.


      You can still pick me though. >very big grin<

    33. Cathi O.  •  Jun 23, 2010 @5:29 pm

      Ooo! Pick me! Pick me! Sorry… my inner middle-grader escaped for just a moment. I love this site – it’s the only blog I’m keeping up with on a regular basis!

    34. Susan Kaye Quinn  •  Jun 23, 2010 @6:03 pm

      Enter me in the second giveaway! Maybe second time is the charm!! :)

    35. Megan Oliphant  •  Jun 23, 2010 @9:08 pm

      Thank you so much for picking me!!! I check this blog almost everyday…except for yesterday, lol. Poor Elissa had to hunt me down to tell me the good news. I’m so excited—besides loving to read and write MG books, I have a couple of kids that love them, too.
      I never win anything, so to win BOOKS (the love of my life) is beyond awesome! I can’t wait to dig in!

    36. Melina  •  Jun 23, 2010 @10:22 pm

      Congrats to Megan!!!!

    37. Hilary Wagner  •  Jun 24, 2010 @8:43 am

      Oh, all great middle grade novels!!!!

    38. Betsy Pritts Ickes  •  Jun 24, 2010 @9:25 am

      I’d love to win some middle grade novels!

    39. Dawn Malone  •  Jun 24, 2010 @11:57 am

      Love your blog! Thanks for another contest.

    40. Kim  •  Jun 24, 2010 @1:02 pm

      Thank you authors for all the donations!

    41. Katrina  •  Jun 25, 2010 @10:18 am

      looks like some super cute books!

    42. Cassandra  •  Jun 25, 2010 @6:04 pm

      These books look lovely. I’d love to win them! Thanks for another contest.

    43. Kimberly Mitchell  •  Jun 25, 2010 @10:19 pm

      I can’t resist an opportunity to get new books to share with students! Thank you for the contest and for such a wonderful site. I have already shares this contest on Facebook.

    44. abi  •  Jun 26, 2010 @9:48 am

      Look like good reads. Love to win thanks

      ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

    45. jpetroroy  •  Jun 26, 2010 @3:47 pm

      Great contest! And a great website!

    46. Wendy M  •  Jun 26, 2010 @7:09 pm

      These look like wonderful books. Would love to read these.

    47. Amanda Starr  •  Jun 27, 2010 @4:19 pm

      Count me in please and thank you :)

    48. gwendolyn b.  •  Jun 30, 2010 @9:06 am

      Great group of titles! My niece, nephew, and I would all enjoy them. Thanks for the chance!

    49. R.H.  •  Jun 30, 2010 @10:10 am

      Hooray for books!

    50. george  •  Jul 2, 2010 @5:58 am

      the covers look nice
      i am sure my kids would love it!

    51. Cathy  •  Jul 3, 2010 @11:08 am

      I am always trying to add new titles to my classroom, and this is the perfect site! So glad I discovered you. Thanks!

    52. Gail  •  Jul 3, 2010 @6:51 pm

      Love MG books, love blogs, love contests, love all of you!!!!

    53. Gail  •  Jul 3, 2010 @6:56 pm