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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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  • Fifth Summer Giveaway WINNER (and Sixth Summer Giveaway)!


    It’s that time again!  We’ve taken all the entries, written them on tiny scraps of paper, crinkled them into teeny balls, and tossed them into the air.  The one that landed in the center of the large target we taped to the floor was our winning entry.  The person’s name on that paper ball is…


    Congratulations, Renae! Please send an email to msfishby at fromthemixedupfiles dot com with your mailing address, and we’ll send the books from our fifth summer giveaway to you.

    We hope you’ve been having as much fun with our summer giveaways as we have.  And though it’s late summer now, and kids are starting to head back to school, we still have a couple of summer giveaways left.  Our next one starts today!

    One lucky winner will receive the following three titles:

    Karma Bites by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

    Goddess Girls #3: Aphrodite the Beauty by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

    Shooting Kabul ARC by N.H. Senzai

    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 Tuesday, August 31, 2010.

    Thanks to all who have donated books to our summer giveaways!



    1. Lois D. Brown  •  Aug 17, 2010 @8:13 am

      One of these days I’m going to win something. :-) I tweeted about the contest too. Thanks. @loislane1970

    2. Mindy Alyse Weiss  •  Aug 17, 2010 @8:25 am

      Congrats, Renae!

    3. Sayantani DasGupta  •  Aug 17, 2010 @9:16 am

      Oh, great titles! Wonderful job on this blog, writers!

    4. Mary  •  Aug 17, 2010 @10:54 am

      Love Middle Grade!

    5. Kim  •  Aug 17, 2010 @12:10 pm

      Yay for the winners of the giveaways so far!

    6. Kathryn  •  Aug 17, 2010 @12:18 pm

      These books look sooo interesting! I tweeted about the contest @kharrison78.

    7. Emily aka WilowRaven  •  Aug 17, 2010 @2:00 pm

      Woo hoo!

      Please enter me :)

    8. Jemi Fraser  •  Aug 17, 2010 @2:04 pm

      Congrats to Renae!

      You folks have the best giveaways! :)

    9. KatherineR  •  Aug 17, 2010 @4:09 pm

      Love the giveaways!

    10. Traci VW  •  Aug 18, 2010 @10:49 am

      Great giveaways! I love summer and I love MG! I’m facebooking this. :D

    11. Beth S.  •  Aug 18, 2010 @12:39 pm

      I really want to read “Shooting Kabul”. That looks like a great book!

    12. Kristen  •  Aug 19, 2010 @11:25 pm

      Ooo that Goddess series has been popping up a lot and I’m dying to read it! :) I hope I win *crosses fingers*

    13. Joyce Lansky  •  Aug 20, 2010 @9:46 pm

      I’m always up for a good contest and retweeted your post.

    14. Joyce Lansky  •  Aug 21, 2010 @7:01 pm

      I’m always up for a contest, and I just tweeted. (Sounds obscene).


    15. Sam  •  Aug 23, 2010 @5:11 pm

      Sounds like a neat set of books! :-)

    16. Cindy  •  Aug 23, 2010 @5:59 pm

      I’d love to win these books! Thanks for doing such great summer giveaways.

    17. Terra Heck  •  Aug 25, 2010 @12:06 am

      My two tween girls would enjoy these books. Thanks.

    18. Betsy  •  Aug 28, 2010 @1:52 pm

      These look like good books

    19. Joan Holub  •  Aug 28, 2010 @2:13 pm

      Thank you so much for including Aphrodite the Beauty in the giveaways, MixedUpFiles! Suzanne and I really appreciate it and look forward to sending the book out to the winner.

      ~ Joan Holub

    20. Barbara Eppenger  •  Aug 30, 2010 @6:04 pm

      My girls want me to say that they would love to have this Aphrodite the Beauty book. The series sounds cute and my 8 and 10 year olds are just beginning to get interested in mythology because their friends are into it. This would be a nice start for them. Great giveaways!

    21. Pat Zietlow Miller  •  Aug 30, 2010 @8:44 pm

      Enter me! Enter me!