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    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 ...

    March 28, 2013: Big at Bologna

     This year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the focus has shifted to middle-grade.  “A lot of foreign publishers are cutting back on YA and are looking for middle-grade,” said agent Laura Langlie, according to Publisher's Weekly.  Lighly illustrated or stand-alone contemporary middle-grade fiction is getting the most attention.  Read more...

     

    March 10, 2013: Marching to New Titles

    Check out these titles releasing in March...

     

    March 5, 2013: Catch the BEA Buzz

    Titles for BEA's Editor Buzz panels have been announced.  The middle-grade titles selected are:

    A Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

    Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward

    Nick and Tesla's High-Voltages Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

    The Tie Fetch by Amy Herrick

    For more Buzz books in other categories, read more...

     

    February 20, 2013: Lunching at the MG Roundtable 

    Earlier this month, MG authors Jeanne Birdsall, Rebecca Stead, and N.D. Wilson shared insight about writing for the middle grades at an informal luncheon with librarians held in conjunction with the New York Public Library's Children's Literary Salon "Middle Grade: Surviving the Onslaught."

    Read about their thoughts...

     

    February 10, 2013: New Books to Love

    Check out these new titles releasing in February...

     

    January 28, 2013: Ivan Tops List of Winners

    The American Library Association today honored the best of the best from 2012, announcing the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards, along with a host of other prestigious youth media awards, at their annual winter meeting in Seattle.

    The Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Honor books were: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.

    The Coretta Scott King Book Award went to Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

    The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award,which honors an author for his or her long-standing contributions to children’s literature, was presented to Katherine Paterson.

    The Pura Belpre Author Award, which honors a Latino author, went to Benjamin Alire Saenz for his novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which was also named a Printz Honor book and won the Stonewall Book Award for its portrayal of the GLBT experience.

    For a complete list of winners…

     

    January 22, 2013: Biography Wins Sydney Taylor

    Louise Borden's His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, a verse biography of the Swedish humanitarian, has won the Sydney Taylor Award in the middle-grade category. The award is given annually to books of the highest literary merit that highlight the Jewish experience. Aimee Lurie, chair of the awards committee, writes, "Louise Borden's well-researched biography will, without a doubt, inspire children to perform acts of kindness and speak out against oppression."

    For more...

     

    January 17, 2013: Erdrich Wins Second O'Dell

    Louise Erdrich is recipient of the 2013 Scott O'Dell Award for her historical novel Chickadee, the fourth book in herBirchbark House series. Roger Sutton,Horn Book editor and chair of the awards committee, says of Chickadee,"The book has humor and suspense (and disarmingly simple pencil illustrations by the author), providing a picture of 1860s Anishinabe life that is never didactic or exotic and is briskly detailed with the kind of information young readers enjoy." Erdrich also won the O'Dell Award in 2006 for The Game of Silence, the second book in theBirchbark series. 

    For more...

     

    January 15, 2013: After the Call

    Past Newbery winners Jack Gantos, Clare Vanderpool, Neil Gaiman, Rebecca Stead, and Laura Amy Schlitz talk about how winning the Newbery changed (or didn't change) their lives in this piece from Publishers Weekly...

     

    January 2, 2013: On the Big Screen

    One of our Mixed-up Files members may be headed to the movies! Jennifer Nielsen's fantasy adventure novel The False Prince is being adapted for Paramount Pictures by Bryan Cogman, story editor for HBO's Game of Thrones. For more...

     

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Kid’s Page Update

Activities, Book Lists, For Kids, Teachers

Dear Readers,

I’m back.  Fall blasted by in a blur of falling leaves and fantastic books.  The library is buzzing with kids working hard on homework, researching their favorite sports team and scanning the shelves for new reads. There are a lot more spots to hide now with coats and jackets draped over the backs of chairs so I’ve been working my way around the library and I’ve been listening.  Kids are talking about the joy of family celebrations, the excitement of the first snow and the hope of snow days.

But I am excited for the first, big snow for a completely different reason. Hibernation.

Now I’ve read a lot about the traditional type of hibernation. But I’ve never been very traditional.  Just look at me.  I’m neither library mouse nor hedgehog. So while other creatures burrow down into holes and sleep until springtime, I climb into my favorite book and get my yearly escape from the confines of the library. Now don’t get me wrong.  The library is my favorite place. But once a year, I love to join an epic story where I can challenge my spirit of adventure. After all, I’m the M.G. Creature, not a bookworm. Not that there’s anything wrong with the bookworms, but they are a quiet sort and not known for an adventurous streak. I, on the other hand, love to live on the edge.

But while I’m gone, I know that children will be celebrating the winter holidays. There will be feasts and gift giving. There will be snow days and ice skating. But don’t worry about me. I will be with other creatures in of one of the many excellent books listed on the Kid’s Page Snuggle-up-and-Read list. I have to keep my location secret. After all, I don’t want you to be looking for me instead of reading. Don’t worry. I’ll be back in the spring, refreshed and ready with new activities and ideas for more book fun.

In the meantime, check out the updated activities and puzzles on the Kids Page.  Bonnie Adamson created a new Family Trivia puzzle that will test your knowledge of sisters in middle-grade books. Take a look at the book list and immerse yourself in one of those adventures. In what book would you hibernate, if you could? Leave a comment and share.  I’ll see you when the snow has come and gone.

As always, keep reading!

Your friend,

M.G.

P.S. The Library mice must be playing tricks on me because I can’t get the link to the book list to work. The library is about to open so I must hide. Keep reading and you find the list at the bottom of this post. Those blasted mice!

SNUGGLE UP BY THE FIRE AND READ:  MG’S WINTER PICKS

Winter is a great time to grab your favorite book along with  a snuggly blanket and  sit by the fire and read a great book. Check out these old and new favorites for some great reads for snow days, winter break or cold, dark nights.

OLD CLASSICS

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Black Beauty by Anna Sewell


The Call of the Wild by Jack London


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Check out the graphic novel for a new take on an old classic. Look for the version with the original text.


NEWER BOOKS WITH A CLASSIC FEEL

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (also a series)


The Tale of Despeareaux by Kate DiCamillo


Clockwork (or Clockwork, All Wound Up) by Philip Pullman


Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken


SERIES BOOKS

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques

The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling


The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


BOOKS SET IN WINTER

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan


Daughter of Winter by Pat Lowery Collins


Still looking for a good book? Check out M.G.’s fall recommendations or the The Mixed-Up book lists. You’re sure to find something that will keep you turning the pages until spring.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. brian_ohio  •  Dec 15, 2010 @8:59 am

    Now that is ONE GREAT LIST. I need to make it my New Year’s Resolution to make sure all of those books are on my bookshelves.

  2. Laurie Beth Schneider  •  Dec 15, 2010 @10:45 pm

    Some great books to read and reread–with or without snow.

  3. JKB  •  Dec 22, 2010 @3:06 am

    This is a great list! I’ve only not read a couple of these, but they’re going on my to-read list!