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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 Cupcake Club Giveaway

    Book Lists

    Have we got a sweet deal for you (okay, sorry about that!)  Nine year old Carrie Berk and her mother Sheryl have teamed up on “The Cupcake Club”  series, with “Recipe for Trouble” pubbing last month. 


    The Peace, Love, and Cupcake Girls are ready for a new school year, but are they ready for the, well, drama? When Lexi lands the role of Juliet in the upcoming performance of Romeo and Juliet, she couldn’t be more excited, but when she finds out the leading man opposite her is her secret crush, Jeremy, the PLC gang sets its sights on match-making. Things go quickly awry, though, when Jeremy throws away the “Bake Me I’m Yours” cupcake Lexi anonymously gives him. That’s not all! It seems that Jeremy has a few odd habits. For one, it turns out he doesn’t eat any desert during lunch period. Then they notice that he keeps a stash of nuts with him at all times. Not to mention his over-frequent visits to the nurse’s office. What could be up with Jeremy?

    Curious how a mother and daughter write a book together?  The two have a unique and fun process for writing. Carrie cooked up the idea for the series when she was just seven years old, and a little under a year ago they put out their first book together. Carrie is sharp and candid about her love for cupcakes. She manages a cupcake blog of her own and is an avid cupcake connoisseur. Her mom Sheryl is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Soul Surfer. The two work side-by-side to think up  adventures that will be both entertaining and insightful. When asked what inspired her to write the series, Carrie said that she wanted to write about the awesome friends she had at school.

    To win a copy of “Recipe for Trouble”, just leave a comment (or your own favorite cupcake recipe!) below.



    1. Jill  •  Nov 8, 2012 @7:17 am

      Sounds fun. I’ll have to look for these books.
      Favorite cupcake? Carrot cakes are always cute!

    2. Pat Wooldridge  •  Nov 8, 2012 @9:35 am

      These books sound like a lot of fun. I’ve just heard of them now. A favorite cupcake recipe: To the dry ingredients of a standard one-egg cake recipe, add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each of cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Mix all ingredients listed in the cake recipe, pour into greased cupcake tin or line cups with papers. Fill cups 2/3 full.Bake at 400 deg. for 18-20 min. Frost with a nice, buttery confectioners-sugar frosting.

    3. PragmaticMom  •  Nov 8, 2012 @6:03 pm

      Sounds like a fun book for girls!

    4. KAthy S  •  Nov 8, 2012 @7:05 pm

      I love everything cupcake! Thank you!

    5. Llehn  •  Nov 8, 2012 @7:22 pm

      I love banana bran cupcakes! You get your fibre plus they’re yummilicious!

    6. Cathe Olson  •  Nov 8, 2012 @7:28 pm

      I love bringing books into my library that kids have written (or co-written in this case). It’s so inspiring for my students.

    7. Laura Armstrong  •  Nov 8, 2012 @7:45 pm

      Love that a mother and daughter have written these books. Would love to have one of these for our library! :D

    8. Shar Mohr  •  Nov 8, 2012 @8:37 pm

      I’ve been baking with sourdough as much as possible, so our favorite cupcake flavor is currently chocolate pumpkin sourdough cupcakes.

    9. Stacey  •  Nov 8, 2012 @9:00 pm

      Sounds like a great book, I love that it was written by a mother and daughter. Pumpkin cupcakes are my fall favorite.

    10. Cheryl Mansfield  •  Nov 9, 2012 @6:18 am

      I grabbed the first book in this series when it first came out. Loved it. Looking forward to this new book.

      Favorite cupcake to make…butter yellow cake with guava cream cheese frosting.

    11. Linda Andersen  •  Nov 9, 2012 @6:34 am

      A winning mother-daughter team in the kitchen, the writing desk, and in life. Congratulations! Let’s all raise a cupcake to you and your success!

      Once, at an annual hayride, I baked cupcakes for kids and some spice cake ones for adults. Some kids chose spice ones over the “kiddie” ones.

    12. Margaret  •  Nov 10, 2012 @6:21 am

      I love books about food. My favorite cupcake is just plain ol vanilla!

    13. Jill the OWL  •  Nov 12, 2012 @9:09 pm

      This new cupcake place just opened near me – Nadia Cakes she won Cupcake Wars. I’ve got to get in and get one! I follow her on Facebook and I’m always hungry from her pics!!!

      This book soounds really cute.

    14. Lilah  •  Nov 15, 2012 @2:53 pm

      I read the first book and loved it. It inspired me to make my own cupcake club. I give my cupcakes that me and my friends bake away to charity. We have given cupcakes to our local fire house, VFW, etc… I made a blog for my club. here is the link,


      my favorite cupcake is vanilla With chocolate frosting!