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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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  • The New “For Writers” Page Has Arrived!

    Authors, Writing MG Books

    In 2009 I completed a young adult paranormal romance.  During those long days and nights of writing, revising, editing and rewriting, I learned one thing: the internet and blogosphere were filled with incredible resources for YA authors.  It was a godsend to a new writer!  I would have been lost without the plethora of information readily available at my fingertips.

    [Hey, T.P. Jagger here, hijacking Amie’s stroll down memory lane! I worked with Amie to update the For Writers page, so I figured she wouldn’t mind if I interrupted her post. From here on out, if you see brackets and italics, that’s me, not Amie. Got it? Good. Pay attention so you don’t get confused.]

    Box of ChocolatesAhem.  Now…back to what I was saying.  But then I decided to write a middle-grade book and suddenly that wonderful online world of sweets and goodies became nothing but an empty heart-shaped box of chocolates, complete with wadded up paper cups.

    [I don’t care WHAT anyone says—I was NOT the one who ate all the chocolates!...Oh, Amie was just using a metaphor? In that case…missing chocolates? What chocolates? I know NOTHING about any chocolates. And I especially don’t know anything about missing chocolates with creamy mint filling that tingles as it hits your tongue….]

    And all this time I thought my puppy had eaten those York Peppermint patties!  Anyway, never before had I been so hard pressed to find any information to help me.  I was stuck!  I didn’t know where to go or what to do.

    [Did you try getting more chocolate?]

    No, I didn’t try more chocolate, but I’m sure if I had it would have helped! I suddenly felt very alone in my writing endeavors and wondered, with every word I typed, if my MG manuscript was any good. How would I ever know if I was doing this whole MG thing correctly?

    Then Elissa—who at the time was barely an online acquaintance—put out an open call to MG writers.

    [She did not offer chocolate, but we have since forgiven her.]

    Maybe you’ve forgiven her…. ;)  She was looking to create a site specifically geared toward those people who loved middle-grade books—whether it be writing them, reading them, or anything in between!

    *Insert chorus of angels*

    Chorus of Angels

    I’d just found what I needed as a writer.  Not only was it a resource I could use, but it was one I could be actively engaged in!  What better way to learn about something than to be involved!

    During my time working, blogging, and being involved with this Mixed-Up crew, I’ve learned so much.  I’ve grown as a writer…

    [I haven’t grown since I was fifteen. But I suppose that's unrelated.]

    …and have found beneficial resources throughout the blogosphere.  Middle-grade books have impacted my life in a way no other books ever have—and now I get to share that with an audience as an author!  But I couldn’t have done any of it without learning from some of the best.  I also know that the best gifts in life are those that are shared.

    [Like boxes of chocolate.]

    Sorry T.P. – chocolates are never for sharing!  Unless you’re sharing with me, then fork it over!

    So now, almost two years after we launched, I’ve had the privilege of working on the For Writers page with my Mixed-Up Files cohort T.P. Jagger.

    [Italicized-Bracket-Man!]

    Yes, you will henceforth and forever be known as Italicized-Bracket-Man.  In fact I double dog dare you to sign all your posts that way!  Anyway we’re paying it forward a bit.  T.P. has got the mooo-ooovves for writing when it comes to creating awesome pages.

    [massive overstatement]

    So thanks to him,

    [mostly Amie]

    we’ve created quite the resource for you.

    So stop by the For Writers page and see what we’re all about.

    I promise I won’t dance, but T.P. will gladly show you his mooo-ooovves!

    Mick Jagger[I am living proof that a certain last name does not give an individual the right to claim to have "moves like Jagger." The last time I busted a move, it was more like the other way around—I moved . . . and I busted. Well, at the very least I pulled a muscle. Severely. I now stick to writing.]

    C’mon T.P. don’t be so modest!

    6 Comments

    6 Comments

    1. Angelina C. Hansen  •  Sep 15, 2012 @7:13 am

      Yay!

    2. Tracy Abell  •  Sep 15, 2012 @11:52 am

      This is a wonderful resource. Thank you, Amie and T.P., for gathering all this info in one place. A true gift to all middle-grade writers!

      Here’s a box of chocolates for each of you………..

    3. Michelle Schusterman  •  Sep 15, 2012 @5:35 pm

      Awesome!!

    4. Linda Andersen  •  Sep 16, 2012 @6:07 am

      From the Mixed-Up Files has done it now! A page for writers is like a writer’s handbook at no cost to readers. We love you, blog group members. This is fantastic. Thank you! No more looking back for posts when needed for reference. It’s all organized for us. You’re the best!

    5. Sheela Chari  •  Sep 16, 2012 @7:13 am

      Hurray! Looks great!

    6. Marilee Haynes  •  Sep 16, 2012 @7:39 pm

      Wow!!!
      The new page is simply outstanding – the organization is so easy to understand and makes the information easy to find.
      Thank you very much!!