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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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  • New Monthly addition: Bookstore Spotlight!


    Happy Friday!

    I’d like to announce a new addition to the lovely TMUF: an Indie Spotlight!

    Once monthly we’ll highlight a particular store…going into their history, how they’re doing, great MG offerings – everything, kit and caboodle! This is intended to promote our lovely indies and all the good they do for our communities.

    If you know of a particular indie you’d love to see spotlighted on TMUF, make sure and leave a comment!



    1. Sheela Chari  •  Sep 17, 2010 @9:53 am

      Wonderful idea!

      I’m going to start with my own indie children’s bookstore: The Voracious Reader: http://www.thevoraciousreader.com

      Beautifully arranged, knowledgeable staff, AND their store is expanding!

    2. Sydney Salter  •  Sep 17, 2010 @10:30 am

      Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise, Idaho. Great store!!! http://www.rdbooks.org/

    3. brian_ohio  •  Sep 17, 2010 @11:36 am

      This is a cool idea. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it. Actually, I probably did think of it, but I have some many brilliant thoughts in my mind, none of them usually make it out. ;-)

    4. Amie Borst  •  Sep 17, 2010 @8:45 pm

      huh. we don’t have any indie bookstores in our town. there is a really smelly used book shop though. does that count?

    5. teachergirl  •  Sep 17, 2010 @10:08 pm

      The Bookies in Denver:

      Mention this store to a group of teachers, and they go “ooooooohhhhh!” It’s a good place.

    6. Jennifer Duddy Gill  •  Sep 18, 2010 @9:38 am

      “Oooooohhhhh!” yes, I agree with you, teachergirl. The Bookies is a dream store. Denver is also famous for its amazing Tattered Cover Book Stores but there’s one that not so many folks know about yet. It’s called The Bookery Nook and it’s in Northwest Denver. It has a lovely, peaceful atmosphere and they’ll even welcome your dog!

    7. Margaret Nevinski  •  Sep 18, 2010 @11:26 am

      Amie, how sad that your town doesn’t have an independent bookstore. Come visit ours! Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island, WA is the island’s community bookstore. Great for browsing, talking to neighbors, going to author events, and of course buying books. They do tons of events for kids. Dogs are also welcomed. Check it out! Eagle Harbor Book Company

    8. Mindy Alyse Weiss  •  Sep 18, 2010 @1:57 pm

      I can’t wait to read more about all these indie stores. Wow–one that welcomes your dog? Wow! I wish we had a dog-loving indie around here. We take my bullmasador out to breakfast, but have never found a store (other than a pet shop) that would welcome her.

      In FL, we have a great indie that hosts a lot of amazing author events. http://www.booksandbooks.com/miamibeach

    9. Angie Frazier  •  Sep 18, 2010 @8:20 pm

      We have a terrific Indie in southern NH called Toadstool Bookshops. There are three shops, each very different in their own way, and just excellent places all around! http://toadbooks.com/
      Great idea for a feature!

    10. Mike Jung  •  Sep 18, 2010 @8:55 pm

      There are all kinds of great indie stores here in the SF Bay area, but one that I think deserves a lot more love than it gets is The Storyteller in Lafayette (Contra Costa County). It’s the only store I know of around here that’s ONLY children’s books (except for one small table in the center of the store).

    11. Laurie McBride  •  Sep 19, 2010 @4:46 pm

      Fire Petal Books is a new bookstore for kids in Centerville, UT. A great place!


    12. Sheela Chari  •  Sep 19, 2010 @10:42 pm

      I’m back…could I add two more?

      In the Boston area: Porter Square Books (http://www.portersquarebooks.com/) and The Children’s Bookshop (http://www.thechildrensbookshop.net/).

      Two wonderful stores. Porter Square Books has great atmosphere and a lovely display of books. Plus the staff went out of their way to help me whenever I went there. The Children’s Bookshop deals exclusively with children’s books and hosts many fantastic author events (the most recent with Suzanne Collins).

    13. Boni Ashburn  •  Sep 20, 2010 @10:09 pm

      Apple Blossom Books in Oshkosh, WI has been wonderful to me as an author and if I lived closer to them, I’d be in their store daily! I’d love to see them profiled here.