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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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    Learning Differences

    It’s mid January, which means that the ALA Youth Media Awards are coming in 3…2….1!  On January 23rd, 2012 at 7:45 CT there will be a live webcast at http://www.webcastinc.com/client/ala-webcast/ to announce 18 awards. Right now, the judges are tucked away in dark rooms.  They’ve, likely, searched the rooms for bugs and tucked towels under the doors.  They’re receiving prepackaged meals through a small hole in the wall. Security allows no one in. Important decisions must be made and no one may enter or leave until it is done! And if you do somehow make it through, Roger Sutton will be deployed to give you am amnesia-inducing pill/injection. This is true fact.

    Okay, maybe that’s not quite what happens, but one thing is for certain.  Secrecy abounds. And when the awards are announced, some authors’ careers will be pushed into overdrive, and librarians, teachers and parents will have a new list of the very best in children’s and YA literature. It’s something the entire literary community looks forward to.

    The ALA Youth Media Awards that are being announced on the 23rd consist of the following.  (Click through to see more about the awards and past winners.)

    Alex Awards include 10 titles written for adults that have appeal to young adults. The Andrew Carnegie Medal honors excellence in children’s video production. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards honor African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books that focus on the African American experience. Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement honors an African American author, illustrator or author/author illustrator for a body of his or her work. Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrators body of work that has made a lasting contribution to U.S. literature over a period of years.  Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author and his or her specific work for a lasting contribution to YA literature. May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture goes to a lecturer(historian, children’s writer, critic) of any country on a paper of considerable significance to children’s literature. The Michael L. Printz Award honors excellence in YA lit. The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is presented to a publisher for the most outstanding book originally published in a country other than the United States in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the U.S. The Odyssey Award honors the producer of the best audiobook for children and young adults in English. The Pura Belpré Awards honors a latino/latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience. Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the illustrator of the year’s most distinguished picture book of the year, Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is given to honor an author, illustrator or photographer for the best informational book of the previous year. The Schneider Family Book Award is given for a work that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for children and YA’s. The Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award honors works of merit relating to the GLBT experience. The Theodore Seuss Geisel Award honors author or illustrator who produced an outstanding book for early readers. The William C. Morris Award honors a first time book for a debut author for teens. And the  YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction for young adults.

    One of the most highly anticipated awards is the well-renowned John Newbery medal, which will go to the author of the year’s most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. They land in the middle grade age range and all are worth reading! Previous Medal winners include: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool(2011), When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead(2010), The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2009), Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (2008), The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron(2007), Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins(2006), Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata(2005), The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo(2004), Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi(2003), A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park(2002), A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck(2001), Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. From the Mixed-Up Filed of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg won the medal in 1968! To see the entire list of Newbery Medal and honor books from 1922-Present click here.


    So, what extraordinary children’s books have you read this past year, and who do you think the Newbery Medal will go to?


    Erin E. Moulton is the author of Flutter: The Story of Four Sisters and One Incredible Journey(Philomel 2011), and Tracing Stars, forthcoming from Philomel/Penguin in 2012. Erin is co-founder of the Kinship Writers Association and is currently the YA librarian at the Derry Public Library.  www.erinemoulton.com

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