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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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  • Catch The Bus! Win An Author Visit!

    Learning Differences

    What would you do if a middle-grade author showed up in your classroom? Shriek? Lock the doors and windows? Ask where she gets her ideas and how many drafts a finished book takes?

    Your class, book club, scout troop, or group can meet a real middle-grade author if the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour rolls into your driveway.

    We’ve loaded the Mixed-Up Tour Bus full of middle grade authors. Who exactly?

    Kathy Erskine (Mockingbird),

    Tricia Springstubb (What Happened On Fox Street),

    Sarah Aronson (Beyond Lucky),

    Uma Krishnaswami (The Grand Plan To Fix Everything),

    Tom Angleberger (The Strange Case Of Origami Yoda),

    Jennifer Neilsen (Elliot And The Goblin War ),

    Erin Moulton (Flutter),

    Sydney Salter (Jungle Crossing),

    Bobbie Pyron (A Dog’s Way Home),

    Beverly Patt (Best Friends, Forever) ,

    Kate Messner (Sugar and Ice),

    Rosanne Parry (Second Fiddle) ,

    Tami Lewis Brown (The Map Of Me),

    Wendy Shang (The Great Wall of Lucy Wu),

    Kimberley Griffiths Little (The Healing Spell),

    Sheela Chari (Vanished),

    Sayantani DasGupta (The Demon Slayers And Other Stories),

    Katherine Schlick Noe (Something To Hold),

    Hillary Homzie (The Hot List), and

    Jen Blom (Possum Summer)



    As far as we know there’s never been another author tour with so many authors, so many destinations, and so many WINNERS!

    Over the next year we’ll be drawing winners for full fledged Skype author visits, copies of each author’s latest book, and as much swag as we can load into the bus.

    Here’s how the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour works-

    Each season a group of five or more authors will set off in the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Tour Bus. You’ll have about a month to enter your class, club, or group to win a Skype visit from one of that season’s authors, along with a copy of their book, and more. For every retweet and/or Facebook reposting you’ll get another entry. To increase your class or group’s chances invite other adults- parents, teachers, or group members to leave comments here, too. Each entry must be made in a separate comment.

    At the end of the month we’ll draw a winner for each Skype author visit. You’ll have six months from that date to schedule and conduct the visit. Authors and winners are paired randomly- you don’t enter to win a visit from a particular author. But we all write books appropriate for a middle-grade audience and we all do GREAT SCHOOL VISITS.

    What will you need for a Skype visit? A computer, an internet connection, speakers, a winning entry and most of all an excited audience of middle-grade readers. If you’re not familiar with Skype our experts here at the Mixed-Up Files can help set you up.

    It’s all Easy Peasy.

    What’s that? I hear the rumble of the Mixed-Up Tour Bus right now…

    The Spring/Summer Tour has headed out!

    In the front row there’s Sydney Salter next to Bobbie Pyron- no Bobbie dogs are not allowed on the bus! Okay… just this once.

    Behind them Tom Angleberger is busy folding little paper squares into odd Star Wars figures and calling the author behind him “Larry”. No, Tom. Her name is Kate Messner.

    And on Kate’s right there’s Beverly Patt! Sure, Beverly. Kate will be your best friend, forever.

    Wait! Who’s that running to catch the bus? It’s Hillary Homzie! Glad you made it Hillary. We almost left without you!

    Would you like Sydney, Bobbie, Tom, Kate, Hillary or Beverly to visit your class? Each winner will receive a full Skype author visit and a copy of the author’s featured book. Check out the official RULES here. Leave a comment. Retweet it and/or repost on Facebook or your blog for more chances to win. And please leave a separate comment for each entry, retweet, or repost. We’ll draw the lucky winners on May 2 and post their names along with their author pairings here at the Mixed-Up Files on May 3!

    Who can enter? Anyone 18 or over – a teacher, parent, librarian, friend… anybody as long as your school or group has specifically agreed to host a Skype author visit if you win.

    Hey! Stop! Catch that bus!

    Tami Lewis Brown will be driving the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour bus… just like Margie Tempest, the twelve-year-old main character/under-aged driver in Tami’s middle-grade novel, THE MAP OF ME, coming out this August from Farrar Straus & Giroux.

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