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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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  • 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!