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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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  • Our New Mixed-Up Authors and Some Mixed-Up History


    Our Mixed-Up Selection Committee has been hard at work reading all the amazing applications we received a few weeks ago.  There were enough people interested to fill our vacancies at least five times over, so it was a hard decision.

    This isn't really us, but we'd like to think this is what we'd do if we deliberated in person. Photo by Richard Sclove.

    However, we finally narrowed it down, and we’d like to announce our four new Mixed-Up Authors:

    Sarah Aronson

    Diana Greenwood

    Shannon Messenger


    Rosanne Parry!

    We are excited to be adding these wonderful people to our site.  You can read their bios, along with ones from the rest of our Mixed-Up Authors, here. You’ll also be able to read their first blog posts at the end of this month, so be watching for their Mixed-Up debuts.

    In addition…

    As I was compiling the list of new members for this post, I realized I never actually introduced the other members of this site.  Just to be fair, I’d like to give a shout out to all the people who work behind the scenes here at From the Mixed-Up Files.  So, here’s a little member history lesson I hope you’ll find interesting.

    On March 20, 2010, the very first email for organizing our group was sent out to twenty-one people who had expressed interest (twenty-two if you count me, Elissa, since I sent the email).  The following current members are those who have been with us from the very beginning:

    Tracy Abell

    Jen K. Blom

    Amie Borst

    Hélène Boudreau

    Sheela Chari

    Rose Cooper

    Elissa Cruz

    Jan Gansei

    Jennifer Duddy Gill

    Danette Haworth

    Joanne Prushing Johnson

    Brian Kell

    Kimberley Griffiths Little

    Wendy Martin

    Kurtis Scaletta

    Karen B. Schwartz

    Mindy Alyse Weiss

    (You’ll notice this doesn’t add up to twenty-two.  We’ve lost a few people along the way. )

    Over the next few days/weeks/months, we continued to add people to our list as we brainstormed ideas and started work on the site.  The following current members joined us during this period (most of them not more than a week or two after I sent that first email):

    Tami Lewis Brown

    Beverly Patt

    Bobbie Pyron

    Sydney Salter

    Laurie Schneider

    Wendy Shang

    Tricia Springstubb

    (This isn’t a complete list of people who joined us during this period.  We lost quite a few people here, too.)

    We launched this site June 7, 2010.  Two people joined us shortly thereafter:

    Bonnie Adamson

    Laurel Snyder

    If you do the math, our members were hard at work for two and a half months before this site was ready to share with the world.  Please join me in sending a hearty thanks to all these dedicated contributors.  They are an amazing group of people who continue to give so much to this site.

    And we are excited to add our new members today, as well.  Three cheers for all the Mixed-Up Authors!

    One last thing…

    There are plenty of other people who’ve been a part of this group, but for one reason or another are no longer with us.  I won’t list names here, because it’s a long list, but I would like to publicly thank them for all they did to make this site a reality.  You know you are…and thank you.



    1. Laura Marcella  •  Oct 2, 2010 @9:54 am

      Congratulations to the new members!!! I’ve been a follower of Shannon Messenger’s blog for awhile, so I’m excited to see her on this site, too!

    2. brian_ohio  •  Oct 2, 2010 @10:50 am

      Whew! I’m still on the list. Another close call… thanks for giving me an eighth chance, Elissa! I promise (and I mean it this time) I won’t talk about that thing we were talking about before.

      Great bunch of writers here!

    3. Elissa Cruz  •  Oct 2, 2010 @11:59 am

      What thing, Brian? I have no idea what you are talking about. *whistles innocently*

    4. Shannon Messenger  •  Oct 2, 2010 @2:12 pm

      YAY–so excited to be part of such an awesome group. Can’t wait to work with everyone! :)

    5. Tracy Abell  •  Oct 2, 2010 @4:09 pm

      Sarah, Diana, Shannon, and Rosanne….


      Looking forward to your posts and insights into the world of middle-grade.

    6. Donna Gephart  •  Oct 2, 2010 @5:03 pm

      Hooray for the Mixed Up Authors. And thanks!

    7. Karen Scott  •  Oct 2, 2010 @6:34 pm

      Congrats to the new authors. It will be good to “get to know you” through your posts, etc.

    8. Caroline Starr Rose  •  Oct 2, 2010 @7:48 pm

      Congrats, all!

    9. Karen B. Schwartz  •  Oct 2, 2010 @9:09 pm

      Welcome to the new mixed-up members!!!

    10. Mindy Alyse Weiss  •  Oct 3, 2010 @12:20 am

      Welcome new mixed-up members. We’re thrilled to have you join us, and can’t wait to read your posts. :)

      Elissa–wow, love the way you shared our history here.

    11. Amie Kaufman  •  Oct 3, 2010 @4:44 am

      Congrats to the new members, can’t wait to hear from you! Thank you to all of you who have contributed so far — this website is such a valuable resource and creates such a wonderful sense of community

    12. Jennifer Duddy Gill  •  Oct 3, 2010 @9:55 am

      This has been such a great experience – thanks to Elissa for being our mastermind – and I’ve loved getting to know the other brilliant Mixed Up Files MG writers!

    13. Tricia Springstubb  •  Oct 3, 2010 @4:48 pm

      Hey! I want to REALLY get together just like the photo!

    14. Elissa Cruz  •  Oct 4, 2010 @9:08 am

      Me, too, Tricia! One of these years we’ll have to have a real Mixed-Up reunion.

      Thanks to all our readers, too. I should have added that in this post somewhere, because without them we wouldn’t be where we are today. Three cheers for EVERYONE, I say!

    15. Leanne Tremblay  •  Oct 4, 2010 @3:08 pm

      Thanks and congrats to Shannon Messenger for locating this site for me in the blogosphere. Just what I’ve been looking for. Yay MG!

    16. Amie Borst  •  Oct 4, 2010 @4:45 pm

      Welcome to our new members! You’ll soon learn that I can’t spell worth a poop and I make lots of bad jokes. Oh wait – did I just admit that publically?

      Anyway – thanks Elissa for all you do to keep us in order since we are more than just a little mixed-up!

    17. Amie Borst  •  Oct 4, 2010 @4:46 pm

      (see i even spelled publicly wrong – but that was purposeful incase you didn’t get my joke)

    18. Natalie Aguirre  •  Oct 4, 2010 @7:31 pm

      Glad you picked Shannon. I follow her blog and I always enjoy it.

    19. Joanne  •  Oct 4, 2010 @8:51 pm

      Welcome to the new group of Mixed-Up Authors. I am diligently Mixed-Up in all I do so this is a great fit. I hope you are soon feeling as Mixed-Up as the rest of us.