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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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  • Templeton Twins Giveaway

    Authors, Giveaways

    The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, by  Ellis Weiner, book one in a series, is due on shelves this month and has already caused a bit of a stir! Thank–or blame–The Narrator. When The Mixed Up Files asked him for a comment on the book, he sent us the following crisp reply:


    To: Whom It May Concern
    From: The Narrator
    Re: The Templeton Twins Have an Idea “Contest” “Giveaway”

    It has come to my attention that a copy of the abovementioned book, mentioned above, is to be awarded to some middle-grade literateur, savant, devotee, or pedagogue.  (These are French words which mean various things.)

    The book, as every schoolchild knows (or will soon know), concerns John and Abigail Templeton,  the clever and resourceful12-year-old twin children of Prof. Elton Templeton, an inventor.  Common responses to this information include, “Wait–why does John, the boy, have to be mentioned first?  Isn’t that just more of the same old sexism that has held hegemonic sway over Western (and, let’s not kid ourselves, Eastern) civilization from the very beginning?” and “How come all of a sudden there are all these ‘Eltons’ everywhere?”

    I am equipped neither intellectually nor temperamentally to reply to such queries.  I can, however, answer other questions, including, “Does the text feature a ridiculous dog,” “Are a pair of adult twins assigned the role of the twins’ nemeses,” and “Does the narrative include–as I have been waiting all my life for a narrative to include–a perfectly decent recipe for meatloaf?”  The answer to these is, in each case, “I’m not telling.  You’ll have to win, and read, the book itself to find out.”

    I trust this settles the matter.  Good luck to all entrants, or whatever you are.


    Good luck indeed! Please enter your comment below to win a copy of this sly and hilarious middle grade novel!      



    1. L  •  Sep 4, 2012 @10:38 am

      oh, I am so much going to like this narrator! and a “perfectly decent recipe for meatloaf” would be very much appreciated benefit of the read.

      great post!

    2. JenP  •  Sep 4, 2012 @1:21 pm

      This sounds so, so clever!

    3. Megan Earley  •  Sep 4, 2012 @5:12 pm

      I’m intrigued! Hope I win so I can read it!

    4. Sharon K  •  Sep 4, 2012 @5:22 pm

      Sounds like a book you can’t put down – looking forward!

    5. Jennifer  •  Sep 4, 2012 @5:34 pm

      Love the humor- I’m in!!

    6. Jennifer Rumberger  •  Sep 4, 2012 @7:21 pm

      I’ve seen this book popping up around the blogosphere. It sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    7. Heather Temske  •  Sep 4, 2012 @8:07 pm

      It does sound like a fun read! I will have to add it to my wishlist.


    8. Jill  •  Sep 4, 2012 @8:51 pm

      I am so floored that you are having a givewaway for this book! I was browsing the MG section of my local bookstore this weekend, and this book immediately caught my eye. I read the first few pages and was smiling so much and inspired to write. I think it will be a great book to have. I plan to look for it on my library upcoming list , but hoping I’ll win it here :)

      Thanks for such a great giveaway!

    9. PragmaticMom  •  Sep 4, 2012 @9:23 pm

      Sounds like a fun read a la The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Name of the Book is Secret!

    10. Laura Armstrong  •  Sep 4, 2012 @9:32 pm

      My husband has a twin sister so would love to read this book!

    11. Bruce Luck  •  Sep 4, 2012 @10:07 pm

      Any MG book that does not have a decent meatloaf recipe should have one.

    12. Gretchen Hardaway  •  Sep 4, 2012 @10:17 pm

      My students and I would love this book! It would be a perfect addition to our library!!!

    13. Gretchen Hardaway  •  Sep 4, 2012 @10:25 pm

      My students and I would love this book! This book would be loved in our library!!

    14. D.Lee Sebree  •  Sep 4, 2012 @11:50 pm

      Be still my heart – a snarky narrator. : )

    15. Nonie  •  Sep 5, 2012 @12:28 am

      My daughter would love this (now) and my son will get a kick out of it in a year or two :)

    16. Shannon  •  Sep 5, 2012 @10:15 am

      Would love to get a copy of this book to share my teachers and libraries. Sounds like I, along with my son, will thoroughly enjoy it first though. ;)

    17. Shannon  •  Sep 5, 2012 @1:58 pm

      Sounds like a fun story to read! Love the cover artwork, too!

    18. Anne G.  •  Sep 5, 2012 @3:34 pm

      We have so many sets of twins at our school! This would be an amazing book for my library!! I know my students would love it! I can’t wait to read it myself!

    19. Linda Andersen  •  Sep 5, 2012 @6:41 pm

      Please enter me in the contest for a copy of Templeton Twins. Thanks! This sounds like a terrific book. I will look for it.

    20. Stacey  •  Sep 6, 2012 @5:44 pm

      Sounds like a great read. I too, have NEVER found a god recipe for meatloaf. Actually, using the word “meat” with “loaf” makes me stomach turn over.