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    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 ...

    March 28, 2013: Big at Bologna

     This year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the focus has shifted to middle-grade.  “A lot of foreign publishers are cutting back on YA and are looking for middle-grade,” said agent Laura Langlie, according to Publisher's Weekly.  Lighly illustrated or stand-alone contemporary middle-grade fiction is getting the most attention.  Read more...


    March 10, 2013: Marching to New Titles

    Check out these titles releasing in March...


    March 5, 2013: Catch the BEA Buzz

    Titles for BEA's Editor Buzz panels have been announced.  The middle-grade titles selected are:

    A Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

    Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward

    Nick and Tesla's High-Voltages Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

    The Tie Fetch by Amy Herrick

    For more Buzz books in other categories,


    February 20, 2013: Lunching at the MG Roundtable 

    Earlier this month, MG authors Jeanne Birdsall, Rebecca Stead, and N.D. Wilson shared insight about writing for the middle grades at an informal luncheon with librarians held in conjunction with the New York Public Library's Children's Literary Salon "Middle Grade: Surviving the Onslaught."

    Read about their thoughts...


    February 10, 2013: New Books to Love

    Check out these new titles releasing in February...


    January 28, 2013: Ivan Tops List of Winners

    The American Library Association today honored the best of the best from 2012, announcing the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards, along with a host of other prestigious youth media awards, at their annual winter meeting in Seattle.

    The Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Honor books were: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.

    The Coretta Scott King Book Award went to Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

    The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award,which honors an author for his or her long-standing contributions to children’s literature, was presented to Katherine Paterson.

    The Pura Belpre Author Award, which honors a Latino author, went to Benjamin Alire Saenz for his novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which was also named a Printz Honor book and won the Stonewall Book Award for its portrayal of the GLBT experience.

    For a complete list of winners…


    January 22, 2013: Biography Wins Sydney Taylor

    Louise Borden's His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, a verse biography of the Swedish humanitarian, has won the Sydney Taylor Award in the middle-grade category. The award is given annually to books of the highest literary merit that highlight the Jewish experience. Aimee Lurie, chair of the awards committee, writes, "Louise Borden's well-researched biography will, without a doubt, inspire children to perform acts of kindness and speak out against oppression."

    For more...


    January 17, 2013: Erdrich Wins Second O'Dell

    Louise Erdrich is recipient of the 2013 Scott O'Dell Award for her historical novel Chickadee, the fourth book in herBirchbark House series. Roger Sutton,Horn Book editor and chair of the awards committee, says of Chickadee,"The book has humor and suspense (and disarmingly simple pencil illustrations by the author), providing a picture of 1860s Anishinabe life that is never didactic or exotic and is briskly detailed with the kind of information young readers enjoy." Erdrich also won the O'Dell Award in 2006 for The Game of Silence, the second book in theBirchbark series. 

    For more...


    January 15, 2013: After the Call

    Past Newbery winners Jack Gantos, Clare Vanderpool, Neil Gaiman, Rebecca Stead, and Laura Amy Schlitz talk about how winning the Newbery changed (or didn't change) their lives in this piece from Publishers Weekly...


    January 2, 2013: On the Big Screen

    One of our Mixed-up Files members may be headed to the movies! Jennifer Nielsen's fantasy adventure novel The False Prince is being adapted for Paramount Pictures by Bryan Cogman, story editor for HBO's Game of Thrones. For more...


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Third Summer Giveaway WINNER (and our Fourth Summer Giveaway)!


The winner of our third summer giveaway is…


Congratulations, Kathleen! We’ll be sending you an email, so be watching for it.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry.   We will be giving away middle-grade books all summer, so there will be plenty of other opportunities.  And, since we’ve hit about the half-way mark for our summer giveaways, we wanted to do another big one, starting today!

We’ve chosen the following six MG titles to give to our next lucky winner:

Nice and Mean by Jessica Leader

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning by Danette Haworth

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire by Brenda Ferber

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, August 3, 2010.

A big THANK YOU to the authors who have donated copies of their books for our summer giveaways!  We really do appreciate your help in spreading the word about great middle-grade books out there.  Happy summer reading, everyone!



  1. Kristen  •  Jul 22, 2010 @12:31 am

    Congrats Kathleen! I probably won’t win, being the first comment, but it would be great to read all of those! Thanks for all the great giveaways!!

  2. Renae  •  Jul 22, 2010 @1:04 am

    I’m going to be starting my first Middle School Media Specialist position this fall, and I’m so excited!
    Looking to get acquainted with more middle grade authors. :)

  3. KatherineR  •  Jul 22, 2010 @7:44 am

    Ooooh more books! Yay!

  4. jpetroroy  •  Jul 22, 2010 @8:06 am

    Awesome! I’d love to enter!

  5. Mary  •  Jul 22, 2010 @8:17 am

    Count me in! What a great collection of books. They’d look wonderful in my classroom library…after I read them, of course! :)

  6. deniz  •  Jul 22, 2010 @8:23 am

    You guys are amazing with all these giveaways!

  7. Keri Lewis  •  Jul 22, 2010 @9:19 am

    Thanks for introducing everyone to so many new titles!

  8. Kelly Polark  •  Jul 22, 2010 @10:20 am

    Woo hoo! Congrats to the winner! And thanks for another great contest! Great selections of books!

  9. Casey Griffin  •  Jul 22, 2010 @10:51 am

    Hi! I’m entering.. and tweeted it :-)

  10. Jenny Schwartzberg  •  Jul 22, 2010 @10:51 am

    Oh these all look wonderful. I already have Witchy Worries and Jemma Hartman, but I’d love a chance to win the other four. Please enter me!

  11. Havah Hope  •  Jul 22, 2010 @11:26 am

    These books look good. My daughter (entering 5th grade) is very timid about trying new books, unless a friend tells her that the book is good. She would rather reread books she knows and likes than read new ones. I am always trying to widen her reading horizons, so winning these books would be great.

    If anyone has experienced this with a child before could you explain how you got them over it?

  12. susbg  •  Jul 22, 2010 @11:56 am

    Looks like some great new books for kids…& me too. I can’t wait to read them! :)

  13. Bianca  •  Jul 22, 2010 @2:34 pm

    You guys are wicked awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Allison  •  Jul 22, 2010 @3:48 pm

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  15. Alyssa Goodnight  •  Jul 22, 2010 @4:20 pm

    What a great giveaway! This is my first visit to the site, and I’M HOOKED!

  16. Ruth Donnelly  •  Jul 22, 2010 @5:25 pm

    Oh, please count me in! Several of these are books I’ve been dying to read! I blogged about your contest at:


    and posted on facebook here:

  17. Larissa  •  Jul 22, 2010 @5:43 pm

    Cool giveaway! Count me in!:)

  18. Ann Best  •  Jul 22, 2010 @6:34 pm

    I’m also one who would love these books! So I’ve posted the contest on my blog:


  19. Cathe Olson  •  Jul 22, 2010 @7:25 pm

    Please enter me in the contest. These books look great.


  20. Liz S  •  Jul 22, 2010 @8:51 pm

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

    Love your site.

    I am in the process of setting up my own blog, but so many decisions to make. oy.

  21. Cathy Stakey  •  Jul 22, 2010 @8:52 pm

    Once again you have the titles I have on my “to be read” lists for the summer! Sign me up for your contest.

  22. Kiri Jorgensen  •  Jul 22, 2010 @10:36 pm

    About all I read is middle grade, and I’d love to read these books too! Count me in!

  23. Kim  •  Jul 23, 2010 @8:50 am

    Some of those look like fun! My library owns one already–time to get the other five.

  24. Laura Marcella  •  Jul 23, 2010 @10:26 am

    These summer giveaways you do are fantastic!

    Congrats to Kathleen!!!

  25. Melina  •  Jul 23, 2010 @11:53 am

    This is one of my favorite sites to visit. The topics are great and I like reading all the comments too. Please enter me in this contest.

    Oh, and congrats to your last winner.

  26. Marcia  •  Jul 23, 2010 @11:56 am

    I’d like to enter. Contest posted on my sidebar.


  27. Blythe  •  Jul 23, 2010 @3:16 pm

    What a beautiful collection.

  28. TRACY HEYER  •  Jul 23, 2010 @3:56 pm

    What a nice collection. Thanks for the chance.


  29. R.H.  •  Jul 23, 2010 @5:16 pm

    These look good!

  30. Destiny  •  Jul 23, 2010 @8:43 pm

    Love this blog! Got it from The Book Whisperer. Great site that I’ll happily share!

  31. Cindy  •  Jul 24, 2010 @12:28 pm

    I’d love to win every one of these books—love this site! Thanks to all of you who are working so hard on it.

  32. Lynne  •  Jul 25, 2010 @1:29 pm

    Certainly I’ll win this time, right?

    Thanks for having these fun contests!

  33. Traci VW  •  Jul 25, 2010 @4:08 pm

    Oh goody, books, books books! I could use some goods reads and these look like they’d fit the bill. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  34. Patricia Cruzan  •  Jul 25, 2010 @8:32 pm

    Not only would I like to win the middle-grade books, but I have become more motivated to work on my own middle-grade book. After one of your members started posting her writing accomplishments, on another site, I started pushing harder on my writing again.
    Thank you for the contests and for your comments.

  35. Laura Wynkoop  •  Jul 27, 2010 @2:48 am

    What a great selection of books! You guys rock!

  36. Bridgette  •  Jul 29, 2010 @9:50 am

    Count me in! You have wonderful giveaways! :)

  37. gwendolyn b.  •  Jul 30, 2010 @3:32 pm

    We need these books at my house! Thanks for the chance to win them. I’ll be fighting off the kids to read them myself — especially THE RED UMBRELLA!!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  38. gwendolyn b.  •  Jul 30, 2010 @3:37 pm

    Here’s my Tweet: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/19937676997

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  39. ShootingStarsMag  •  Jul 30, 2010 @8:33 pm

    This would be great. I need to read some new MG books!

  40. Bridget R. Wilson  •  Jul 31, 2010 @10:01 am

    Looks like a great bunch of MG books. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  41. Julie H.  •  Aug 2, 2010 @9:19 pm

    Congrats to Kathleen!
    What a great selection of books for this giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!