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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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  • From the Mixed-Up Files asks its members: Why did you join?

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    From the Mixed-Up Files for Middle Grade Authors is opening its doors, er, file drawers, to three new members. If you’re interested, please read Tuesday’s post for the details and then, after you put together the necessary list of information about yourself (as described on Tuesday’s post), send it to us in an email – not an attachment please - by March 19th to: memberrequest AT fromthemixedupfiles DOT com.

    Being a member takes a serious commitment and at times it can feel like a lot of work. But it is evident in the quality of our blog - the posts, the sidebars, and the artwork - that all the Mixed-Up members are happy to be here. So, if you think you want to join, but you’re not sure, today’s post will help. We asked our members a very important question and their answers might inspire you.

    Why did you join From the Mixed-Up Files?

    Because no one else would have me? No?
    I joined so I could share discussions about MG books with other MG authors. To discover new books, old books and make some new friends along the way. — Brian Kell

    I wanted to collaborate with other middle grade writers. I have a blog of my own, but didn’t really enjoy blogging alone. The opportunity to do a group blog about my favorite subject was irresistible. — Joanne Prushing Johnson

    I joined because Elissa asked me to – we weren’t sure there would be more than two or three people who wanted to be part of this! Boy were we surprised. — Wendy Martin

    They say writing is a lonely endeavor – but I haven’t found that to be true in kidlit at all. I joined MixedUpFiles to be part of a MG-loving community, to lend support for other’s work and gain support and insight for my own writing. Most importantly, to feel like I’m a part of something bigger than myself or my own work! — Sayantani DasGupta

    When Elissa Cruz announced her idea of a blog devoted to middle-grade literature, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve gained so much inspiration, support, and even an occasional leg-up from my fellow writers and I wanted to do something that would give back to the community. — Jennifer Duddy Gill

    As soon as Elissa Cruz posted her idea for a blog dedicated to middle-grade books on the BlueBoards, I was jumping up and down (as much as one can in their desk chair) hollering YES! I offered to be her first follower, and she offered to let me be a member. This is the “all things middle-grade” resource that I longed to read, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it! — Karen B. Schwartz

    I joined because I had my first book coming out, and there really was a need for a blogs focused on middle-grade books.  I’ve loved every single minute of being part of the Files, from meeting other terrific writers to learning about amazing new books to feeling like I’m making a difference for people who love this genre.  Writing the posts has also challenged me to step out of comfort zone a bit – look out for my post on paranormal romances! — Wendy Shang

    My friend and Mixed-up Files member Tracy Abell told me to join—so I did. (No arm twisting was involved. Honest.) I live in an isolated rural area and being a Mixed-up Files member has given me a community of readers and writers who are as passionate about middle-grade books as I am. Plus, as a blogger/interviewer I get to ask nosey questions of some of my favorite authors, as in my upcoming March 14 Q&A with Rose Kent. — Laurie Schneider

    I begged to join (seriously, I begged) because there is nothing like the camaraderie of middle grade writers. It’s something about the viewpoint of this genre. There’s humor, angst, friendship, loyalty, play, knowledge, and serious conversation here. Very much like a pack of kids on a playground. Together we’re better. — Diana Greenwood

    Community.
    Plain and simple.
    So important for every writer!!!! — Sarah Aronson

    I joined because of Wendy Martin, my partner in crime from #kidlitart on Twitter–also because, contrary to expectations, I’m an illustrator who writes middle-grade, and a prodigious tweeter who has no blog of her own. What better place to call home than a blog devoted to middle-grade books?? — Bonnie Adamson

    I joined because I had just finished writing my first MG book and I was so discouraged that there didn’t seem to be any resources out there for MG writers (everything was for YA).  It was like an answer to a frustrated writer’s prayer to have this opportunity come available just when I needed it!  And what better way to learn about MG, then to be part of a group effort, working with other MG writers! — Amie Borst

    Having been in the Class of 2k9, I knew what a great support a group of like-minded writers could be to each other – and also what great things they could accomplish! Being a member of the Mixed Up Files has exceeded my expectations on many levels. I feel extra lucky to be a part of it GrinBeverly Patt

    Middle grade rocks! We needed a place to say that over and over, and in different ways, by different people who feel the same. There aren’t enough sites dedicated solely to books for 8-12 year olds, and I’m so happy Elissa created such a community and gave me the chance to be part of it. — Sheela Chari

    I joined because I recognized Elissa’s idea for a middle-grade community was pure genius. Middle-grade is a whole other literary beast, and I’m thrilled to share in the camaraderie of Mixed-Up Files authors. — Tracy Abell

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