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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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  • Great Ghostly Giveaway


    Author Joanne Levy offers a terrific mix of chills and comedy in her fast-paced MG novel, Small Medium at Large, just off the press from Bloomsbury and  garnering delighted reviews.

    From Indiebound: After she’s hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there’s her overopinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one big fear: talking to—and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with—her crush, Andrew Finkel.

    Levy will send one lucky reader a signed copy, and four others will win signed bookmarks as well as adorable silicone bracelets.  To be eligible, just leave a comment below.



    1. Kathy  •  Jul 12, 2012 @7:26 am

      Sounds like a great book. Thanks for offering it. Hope I am the lucky winner!

    2. Shelley Borysiewicz  •  Jul 12, 2012 @11:55 am

      This has been on my to-read list. Would love to add it to my collection; see if it will work for my students.

    3. Krista Dendinger  •  Jul 12, 2012 @1:08 pm

      I have been hearing many wonderful things about this book! I can’t wait to read it!

    4. Liz  •  Jul 12, 2012 @1:59 pm

      Sounds like a fun book!

    5. JenP  •  Jul 12, 2012 @3:13 pm

      This sounds absolutely adorable.

    6. Britney Gulbrandsen  •  Jul 12, 2012 @5:40 pm

      Wow! How exciting! I just added this book to my Goodreads to-read shelf about three days ago, so I’m way excited to stumble upon this giveaway! Woot!

    7. Tammy L.  •  Jul 12, 2012 @5:41 pm

      What a unique idea for a book! Looking forward to sharing it with my students.

    8. Ryley Z.  •  Jul 12, 2012 @5:48 pm

      What a great addition this book would be to my classroom library. My students feel so special to receive signed copies of wonderful books. Thanks for the offer!

    9. Jennifer  •  Jul 12, 2012 @5:51 pm

      Just heard about this and put it on my list- I’d love to win this! Thanks for always hosting the latest and greatest:)

    10. Angie  •  Jul 12, 2012 @6:47 pm

      Looking forward to reading this, and I know my students will like it too!

    11. D. Lee Sebree  •  Jul 12, 2012 @7:36 pm

      I’d want it for the title alone, even if the review wasn’t so interesting!

    12. Randi M  •  Jul 12, 2012 @8:01 pm

      I have read so many great reviews of this book! I can’t wait to read it. :)

    13. Sandy  •  Jul 12, 2012 @8:22 pm

      I hate to stoop to cheating, but is there a secret tab I can use to erase the other comments and improve my odds? This is not even in our library network yet!

    14. Ali B.  •  Jul 12, 2012 @8:25 pm

      This book keeps popping up. On blogs, in bookstores, online – I think I’d better read or else be left out of the loop.

    15. Cathe Olson  •  Jul 12, 2012 @10:38 pm

      I love ghost stories . . . this one sounds like it has a fun twist too.

    16. Llehn  •  Jul 12, 2012 @10:39 pm

      Sounds like so much fun!

    17. Erika  •  Jul 13, 2012 @12:19 am

      Look forward to reading this- heard so many good things already!

    18. Terri Forehand  •  Jul 13, 2012 @1:26 am

      I would love to review for the Stories for Children Blog, sounds like a great book and one that kids will want to read.

    19. Stephanie  •  Jul 13, 2012 @5:36 am

      I love this book’s title. I would love to share this with my children.

    20. PragmaticMom  •  Jul 13, 2012 @6:36 am

      Looks terrific and LOVE the title.

    21. Marilyn  •  Jul 13, 2012 @7:16 am

      Looking forward to reading this one. Vacation is coming up!

    22. Hi – We’re a totally unfunded, all-volunteer library in northern Wayne County, PA. With NO public funds and no opportunity to buy books we would choose, we rely on donations and public-spirited supporters. Please throw our hat in the ring for a donated copy!


    23. Cindy  •  Jul 13, 2012 @12:22 pm

      Would love to win a copy! It sounds like a great book!

    24. Betsy  •  Jul 13, 2012 @12:29 pm

      I love the title too!! so clever! I really like titles that play on words and expressions like that. Looks like a fun book!

    25. Christie Wright Wild  •  Jul 13, 2012 @1:47 pm

      What a great cover! Thanks for the contest.

    26. cathy  •  Jul 14, 2012 @5:21 pm

      What a great giveaway…sounds like a great read!!