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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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  • Second Summer Giveaway Winner!


    The winner of our second summer giveaway is…

    Cathe Olson

    Congratulations Cathe! Please send an email to msfishby@fromthemixedupfiles.com with your mailing address, and we’ll send the books to you.

    If you didn’t win, no problem! Our third summer giveaway starts today!

    Here’s three more titles for our next lucky winner:

    Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes (ARC)

    The Last Best Days of Summer by Valerie Hobbs

    8th Grade Super Zero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich (Hardcover)

    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 Thursday, July 22, 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. Jenni in KS  •  Jul 6, 2010 @7:47 am

      I’d love to check these out along with my dd. Thanks for the chance to win them!

    2. Deb  •  Jul 6, 2010 @8:22 am

      Congrats, Cathe!!!

      I’m in for this round, too. Thanks for keeping these contests a rolling. You guys are great!

    3. Erin  •  Jul 6, 2010 @8:23 am

      I love all the chances you are giving us all for receiving books. Thanks a ton!

    4. Kathleen  •  Jul 6, 2010 @8:45 am

      Thanks for having these contests. It’s fun to try to win books I can use for my Newbery Club.

    5. Laura Marcella  •  Jul 6, 2010 @9:58 am

      Congrats to Cathe!

      Thanks for another great giveaway!

    6. Sherrie Petersen  •  Jul 6, 2010 @10:07 am

      Congrats, Cathe, you lucky woman! Would you believe, I have two out of the three books in this giveaway, so don’t enter me. But I wanted to say the Val Hobbs book, Last Best Days of Summer, is a wonderful story. Of course, she’s in my critique group so I might be biased :)

    7. Liz S  •  Jul 6, 2010 @4:40 pm

      The third times a charm right? Right?

      I love contests, I always enter, someday I will win. hehehe

      Congratulations Cathe!

    8. Cathe Olson  •  Jul 6, 2010 @5:28 pm

      YAY!!!! Can’t believe I won. How exciting.

    9. Elliah Terry  •  Jul 6, 2010 @5:54 pm

      I’d love to read Last Best Days of Summer THIS summer!

      Middle-grade books are the BEST.

    10. Angela  •  Jul 6, 2010 @6:56 pm

      My daughter and I love discovering new books and authors together!

    11. Natalie Aguirre  •  Jul 6, 2010 @7:34 pm

      I’d so love to win.

    12. Emily aka WilowRaven  •  Jul 6, 2010 @8:23 pm

      Please enter me :) Love the blog!

    13. Cathy Stakey  •  Jul 6, 2010 @8:37 pm

      I can’t believe there are actually people that still give things as great as books away for FREE! Thanks for the opportunity and congrats to Cathe.

    14. Cathi O.  •  Jul 6, 2010 @8:41 pm

      Ooo, missed it by that much! Congrats, Cathe! What are the chances they’ll pick someone else with the same initials…? I can hope! Thanks for all the great giveaways!

    15. Melina  •  Jul 6, 2010 @10:13 pm

      Congrats !!!

    16. Tracy Edward Wymer  •  Jul 6, 2010 @10:41 pm

      Can’t think of anything better to do than read these books over the summer.

    17. June Morgan (chorkie)  •  Jul 7, 2010 @6:36 am

      As always, I am in! I always love getting books whether they are ARCS or final editions. My students love checking out books from my library. I love your website. Finally, one that addresses MG!

    18. Suzie F.  •  Jul 7, 2010 @6:45 am

      Thanks for another opportunity to receive great books!

    19. Robyn Gioia  •  Jul 7, 2010 @7:48 am

      Count me in! Not only do we discuss them in our SCBWI meetings, they go straight into our school library.

    20. Joyce Lansky  •  Jul 8, 2010 @7:39 pm

      Thanks for the contest. I’m always up for middle grade books. Especially The Last Best Days of Summer by Valerie Hobbs and 8th Grade Super Zero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich (Hardcover) because they are Advanced Reader (AR) books that my students will read. Any chance of getting Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes (ARC) on the AR list?


    21. Joyce Lansky  •  Jul 8, 2010 @7:39 pm

      P.S. Please add +1 for the retweet.



    22. Marcia  •  Jul 9, 2010 @7:46 am

      Count me in! On blog sidebar: http://marciahoehne.blogspot.com

    23. Julie H.  •  Jul 9, 2010 @11:25 am

      Please count me in, I’ve heard good things about all three!

    24. Meaux Riley  •  Jul 11, 2010 @12:53 am

      I’d surely use these books for an opening-week read aloud during library class!

    25. TRACY HEYER  •  Jul 11, 2010 @11:12 pm

      Thanks for the chance to win some nice books.

    26. KatherineR  •  Jul 12, 2010 @4:48 pm

      I’d love to be in for another round!

    27. edmontonjb  •  Jul 13, 2010 @8:54 pm

      I think my son would love the 8th Grader Zero book. Please count me in

    28. Gooberella  •  Jul 21, 2010 @10:02 pm

      I love a good read and the best reads are MG and YA books! I’d love to win any of the three books that are up for prizes :)

      thanks for the opportunity to win!


    29. Allison  •  Jul 22, 2010 @3:47 pm

      Thanks for a great giveaway!