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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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  • 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,


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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


    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


    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.



    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!