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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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  • Hey, Everybody! It’s 2011!!!

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US

    MIXED-UP MIDDLE-GRADE AUTHORS!!!


    We hope it will be a great year and we’re so thrilled we get to spend it with all of YOU – our readers, fellow writers, teachers, librarians, parents AND kids!

    Since we love fireworks, here’s some more!


    In the comments, please tell us one of your favorite New Year’s Resolutions, Goals, Dreams or Wishes!

    13 Comments

    13 Comments

    1. Karen Schwartz  •  Dec 31, 2010 @8:01 am

      Happy New Year!!! My goal for 2011, gulp, is to exercise daily. There, it’s out there. Now I have to do it.

    2. MsFishby  •  Dec 31, 2010 @8:32 am

      Yeah! I actually feel as if I accomplished much of what I set out to do in 2010. I have great plans for an even better 2011. Thanks so much for a wonderful year! And blessings for the coming one!

    3. Sandy  •  Dec 31, 2010 @11:09 am

      Happy New Years to you! I still have a few more hours to go :).

      I don’t want to say any revolutions because I never keep them but i do have a plan to go to my first ever anime convention in November! Woot!

    4. Laura Marcella  •  Dec 31, 2010 @11:30 am

      Happy New Year!!! May 2011 be your best year yet!

    5. LG  •  Dec 31, 2010 @11:33 am

      Happy New Year! My resolution this year is to read and review 52 middle-grade novels and also complete my first draft of my first middle-grade novel!

    6. Melina  •  Dec 31, 2010 @3:40 pm

      Happy New Year Mixed Up Files!

      I am looking forward to being Mixed Up in 2011 too. By that, I mean reading a fun mix of YA and middle grade books.

    7. Cathe Olson  •  Dec 31, 2010 @5:30 pm

      My resolution is to write every day no matter how busy I get with work, school, kids and . . . life. I hope to finish my current novel and a new cookbook. Take that 2011!

    8. Kimberley Griffiths Little  •  Dec 31, 2010 @8:16 pm

      I love all your wishes and goals, everyone! Thanks for responding. Sometimes I get nervous about setting goals because I tend to bite off more than I can chew, but then I’m afraid of being lazy and kicking myself later for not being productive enough. So part of me wants to just stay the course and stay alive, and the other ambitious part of me wants to write my entire new YA Victorian gothic paranormal trilogy this year. I’ve got 100 pages . . . oops! I mentioned that *other* term – the YA *ssh!* term here amongst MGers. See how mixed-up I am!

    9. Amie Kaufman  •  Dec 31, 2010 @8:45 pm

      Happy New Year! Thanks for a year of fantastic blog posts, and all the work you guys do creating a sense of MG community!

      My resolution (gulp) is to be querying by Easter. Here goes!

    10. Natalie Aguirre  •  Jan 1, 2011 @8:39 am

      Happy New Year! Thanks for doing a blog for us middle graders.

    11. Joanne Prushing Johnson  •  Jan 1, 2011 @9:27 am

      Happy 2011. My word of the year is “persistence” and I hope to find ways to exhibit that in all the different areas of my life. But for my MG-loving self, I plan to read the thirteen MG books on my to-be-read list, continue revising my own unpublished books based on the feedback I’ve received and to write a completely new MG book. Onward!!

    12. Donna Gephart  •  Jan 2, 2011 @12:56 pm

      My New Year’s resolution is to NOT make any resolutions.
      Thanks for a great launch this past year and useful, inspiring content as well as your generosity.
      I’m looking forward to spending 2011 with the great gang from From The Mixed Up Files!
      With all good wishes,
      Donna

    13. Diana Greenwood  •  Jan 3, 2011 @7:42 pm

      My New Year’s resolution is one word. Trust. I need to trust that I’m in the right place doing what I am supposed to be doing. Happy New Year to you and to all the Mixed-Up Files readers!