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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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  • Four Book Snow Day Giveaway!


    Just when you thought you couldn’t open another present, The Mixed Up Files has a great winter giveaway for you.  Since we know there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book on a snowy day, we are offering four MG books for your sit-by-the-fire reading pleasure.  And if you live in a place where it’s warm, well, you can throw white confetti into a fan and pretend you’re in a blizzard.

    Leave a comment below and one lucky winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday, December 30.  You’ll get extra entries for sharing a link on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter (please mention each link in a new comment). 

    The Candymakers by Wendy Mass    Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?  Logan, the Candymaker’s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone?  Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink?  Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it’s a feather?  Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who’s always scribbling in a secret notebook?  This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant’s perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

    Saraswati’s Way by Monika Schroder    If the gods wanted Akash to have an education, he is told, they would give him one. But Akash has spent his entire twelve years poor and hungry. So he decides to take control of his own life and try for a scholarship to the city school where he can pursue his beloved math.  But will challenging destiny prove to be more than he has bargained for? In this raw and powerful novel, fate and self-determination come together in unexpected ways, offering an unsentimental look at the realities of India.

    The Case of the Crooked Carnival (Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives) by Michele Torrey and illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman   Science super-sleuths Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey are back—this time in a never-before-published addition to the popular series! They’ve got an exciting collection of cases, too:  Are ghosts and ghouls keeping Edgar Glum awake? Have aliens invaded Mossy Swamp?  What’s the crooked game everyone’s losing at the carnival? And why is the town bridge going bananas? Kids will have fun following the clues—and learning about such real scientific principles as amplification, ecosystems, magnetic fields, and more.  Plus, budding Doyles and Fosseys will find actual experiments to try!

    The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton and illustrated by Brett Helquist    Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge leads (much to her chagrin) a very dull life on the Island at the Center of Everything . . . until the night she overhears a life-changing secret. It seems that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not a mountain at all–it’s the belly of a sleeping giant, moving as the giant breathes. Now Persimmony and her new friend Worvil the Worrier have to convince all the island’s other quarreling inhabitants–including the silly Rumblebumps, the impeccably mannered Leafeaters, and the stubborn young king–that a giant is sleeping in their midst, and must not be woken.

    Watch for Thursday’s post when we’ll announce the winner. Good luck and happy reading no matter what kind of weather you’re having!



    1. Heather  •  Dec 27, 2010 @11:12 am

      These look great! I’ve added them to my list of books to get (if I don’t win!)

    2. Sara Zoe  •  Dec 27, 2010 @1:26 pm

      oh, some really good ones here! Thanks for the heads up on the new Wendy Mass!

    3. Jessica  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:08 pm

      I’m going to have to admit that what first caught my eye was The Candymakers! Who could resist such a delicious looking cover? :)

      Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    4. JenP  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:19 pm

      These look fantastic. Thanks for the generosity!

    5. Jill  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:52 pm

      I’d sooooo love to win these :) They sound fantastic!

    6. Jill  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:53 pm
    7. Kristen H.  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:57 pm

      Lovely looking books. Absolutely adore Wendy Mass, her books tend to make it onto our state readers choice award lists. :)

    8. Cheri Williams  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:59 pm

      More to read–weeeeeeeeeeeee!

    9. Michael Gettel-Gilmartin  •  Dec 27, 2010 @3:46 pm

      Thank you, mixed up files. Very generous of you.

    10. Cathe Olson  •  Dec 27, 2010 @6:21 pm

      Add me to the Wendy Mass fan club and the other books look great too.

    11. teachergirl  •  Dec 27, 2010 @6:43 pm

      These books all look like fun, especially Mount Majestic, and they’d be a great way to support my resolution to read more MG books. Count me in for the giveaway.

    12. teachergirl  •  Dec 27, 2010 @6:48 pm

      I just posted a link on my facebook. :)

    13. Cathy Stakey  •  Dec 27, 2010 @6:59 pm

      I just got my fifth grade students started blogging about books and your blog is a great example for my students to follow to find out about great new middle grade books and authors! We are doing a “Book over Break” Challenge. I can’t wait to find out what they are reading.

    14. Llehn  •  Dec 27, 2010 @7:20 pm

      I’d love to play please :D

    15. Cathy Stakey  •  Dec 27, 2010 @7:33 pm

      I just tweeted your great giveaway! http://twitter.com/#!/cstakey/

    16. Mariska  •  Dec 27, 2010 @7:58 pm

      Oh, These are good !! Count me in please :)

    17. Mariska  •  Dec 27, 2010 @8:09 pm
    18. Amie Kaufman  •  Dec 28, 2010 @4:24 am

      These look great! Please enter me if it’s international (and if not, thanks for the recommendations).

    19. Karen Scott  •  Dec 28, 2010 @8:09 am

      Please add me to the drawing! THese sound great!

    20. Heidi Ayarbe  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:23 am

      Oh! More to-read books!! I’ll post this on twitter, too. Been thinking loads about you, Jenn. Hope you had a great holiday!

    21. Jeff Chen  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:24 am

      These look great!

    22. Heather  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:38 am

      These books look great!

    23. Heather  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:39 am

      Shared on Facebook :)

    24. LG  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:48 am

      I’m so excited about these books! I already have Candymakers and The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic on my list of to-reads!

    25. kathleen Fain  •  Dec 28, 2010 @12:55 pm

      I love reading middle grade novels to my special needs students, they love them too!!
      Thanks for this.

    26. Tricia Springstubb  •  Dec 28, 2010 @1:37 pm

      I just reviewed “Mount Majestic” for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. A perfect family read aloud–great fun.

    27. Tina  •  Dec 28, 2010 @4:43 pm

      Please enter me. These all look great!

    28. Judy  •  Dec 29, 2010 @7:14 am

      I just discovered your site! I especially enjoyed reading your picks for the Caldecott. I have used The Quiet Book in my classroom.

    29. Deb Marshall  •  Dec 29, 2010 @12:45 pm

      WOW! Fantastic give away!

    30. Deb Marshall  •  Dec 29, 2010 @12:49 pm

      Oh! And I shared on twitter :


      And on my facebook :


    31. phxbne  •  Dec 29, 2010 @3:33 pm

      thanks,these look great

    32. Pragmatic Mom  •  Dec 30, 2010 @8:12 am

      I love Wendy Mass. and I just read the Doyle and Fossey books and loved them.

    33. Pragmatic Mom  •  Dec 30, 2010 @8:14 am

      I tweeted @pragmaticmom on twitter

    34. Pragmatic Mom  •  Dec 30, 2010 @8:15 am
    35. Pragmatic Mom  •  Dec 30, 2010 @8:16 am

      I posted on linked in: Mia Wenjen