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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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  • Teacher/Librarian Page Update


    We are growing our Teacher/Librarian Page by adding to what we already have for you and creating some new resources. Please do check them out and let us know what you think and share anything you’d like to see us add.

    Now, with that said, here is the run down of all changes:

    Author Websites with Discussion/Activity Guides-included now are some of our own Mixed Ups, as well as authors Cinda Williams Chima, Wendy Mass and Lauren Myracle. This list will be updated regularly so do check back often.

    Successful Author or Illustrator Visits-now includes a link to Cynthia Leitich Smith, collection of articles and advice on school visits.

    Author Visits on the main Teacher/Librarian Page) now includes links to author and illustrator visits by state and the direct link to Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators that allows you to search a wide list of visiting authors by region.

    QUICK LINKS & GENERAL RESOURCES has some new links (for the full list head here):

    ALSC Blog-Blog of programming ideas and literacy initiatives from Association of Library Services for Children

    Children’s Book Council

    Middle Web-Resources for Middle Grade Educators and Parents

    The Reading Tub-Middle Grade and YA Book Review Blogs

    Included the following the Booklists:

    ALCS Recommended Book Lists

    Reading. Org-Teachers Choices Booklist 2011

    2011 Notable Children’s Books-Association of Library Services for Children-ALSC)

    2011 Best of Children’s Books: A List of Lists and Awards

    Finally, we added some categories that we hope will help you continue to develop a love of reading and life long learning.


    Book Club Central, Children-Officially starting December 1, 2011 this resource will include book suggestions with sample chapters and ideas for organizing the club.

    Middle Grade Book Club Guide-Some Mixed Up Files suggestions for starting a book club and keeping it going.

    Middle School Reading Activities-Look for activities from simple to hard to match up with classroom reads, literacy projects or for suggestions to kids looking for ways to bump up that book report.

    NPR’s Back-Seat Book Club-Every month there is a Book Club selection that students read then have the option to send in questions to NPR. Some of those questions are given to the author will visit the radio programme, All Things Considered at the end of the month.

    Pragmatic Mom-Book Clubs for Kids-Excellent resource of tried and true book club meetings, including the books used and the activities done. Many of the included titles are middle grade.

    Sylvan Book Adventure -Intended to motivate kids in grades K-8 to read. Book suggestions, quizzes, and prizes add up to some online reading fun.


    Charlotte’s Library-Weekly Round Up of new Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction -This librarian will help you keep up with what’s new and hot in the world of Middle Grade Fantasy and Science fiction so you can stay one step ahead of your young readers.

    Middle Grade Ninja-a blog about reading and writing middle grade that includes great interviews to enhance author studies.

    Marvelous Middle Grade Monday-A weekly round-up of book talks from middle grade authors, librarians, teachers and booksellers. From new releases, to classics to graphic novels, they have all reading interests covered.

    Project Mayhem-A group of well known middle grade authors blogging about writing, life and reading. Great opportunity for students to see inside the mind of some of their favorite authors.

    Smack Dab in the Middle-Middle grade authors talking about their books, the journeys they took to publication and themes of the month where they each weigh in on different topics. Gives students a great opportunity learn even more about the authors they read.

    Tween Tuesday-Round-up of great book talks for the upper end of middle grade.

    Now. Didn’t change anything on Virtual Visits yet, but am mentioning anyway. Maybe you’ll go have a quick peek in case you’ve not seen it before!

    That’s it for now.

    Happy reading, writing and sharing that passion with students and young library patrons!





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