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    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 ...

    March 28, 2013: Big at Bologna

     This year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the focus has shifted to middle-grade.  “A lot of foreign publishers are cutting back on YA and are looking for middle-grade,” said agent Laura Langlie, according to Publisher's Weekly.  Lighly illustrated or stand-alone contemporary middle-grade fiction is getting the most attention.  Read more...


    March 10, 2013: Marching to New Titles

    Check out these titles releasing in March...


    March 5, 2013: Catch the BEA Buzz

    Titles for BEA's Editor Buzz panels have been announced.  The middle-grade titles selected are:

    A Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

    Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward

    Nick and Tesla's High-Voltages Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

    The Tie Fetch by Amy Herrick

    For more Buzz books in other categories,


    February 20, 2013: Lunching at the MG Roundtable 

    Earlier this month, MG authors Jeanne Birdsall, Rebecca Stead, and N.D. Wilson shared insight about writing for the middle grades at an informal luncheon with librarians held in conjunction with the New York Public Library's Children's Literary Salon "Middle Grade: Surviving the Onslaught."

    Read about their thoughts...


    February 10, 2013: New Books to Love

    Check out these new titles releasing in February...


    January 28, 2013: Ivan Tops List of Winners

    The American Library Association today honored the best of the best from 2012, announcing the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards, along with a host of other prestigious youth media awards, at their annual winter meeting in Seattle.

    The Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Honor books were: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.

    The Coretta Scott King Book Award went to Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

    The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award,which honors an author for his or her long-standing contributions to children’s literature, was presented to Katherine Paterson.

    The Pura Belpre Author Award, which honors a Latino author, went to Benjamin Alire Saenz for his novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which was also named a Printz Honor book and won the Stonewall Book Award for its portrayal of the GLBT experience.

    For a complete list of winners…


    January 22, 2013: Biography Wins Sydney Taylor

    Louise Borden's His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, a verse biography of the Swedish humanitarian, has won the Sydney Taylor Award in the middle-grade category. The award is given annually to books of the highest literary merit that highlight the Jewish experience. Aimee Lurie, chair of the awards committee, writes, "Louise Borden's well-researched biography will, without a doubt, inspire children to perform acts of kindness and speak out against oppression."

    For more...


    January 17, 2013: Erdrich Wins Second O'Dell

    Louise Erdrich is recipient of the 2013 Scott O'Dell Award for her historical novel Chickadee, the fourth book in herBirchbark House series. Roger Sutton,Horn Book editor and chair of the awards committee, says of Chickadee,"The book has humor and suspense (and disarmingly simple pencil illustrations by the author), providing a picture of 1860s Anishinabe life that is never didactic or exotic and is briskly detailed with the kind of information young readers enjoy." Erdrich also won the O'Dell Award in 2006 for The Game of Silence, the second book in theBirchbark series. 

    For more...


    January 15, 2013: After the Call

    Past Newbery winners Jack Gantos, Clare Vanderpool, Neil Gaiman, Rebecca Stead, and Laura Amy Schlitz talk about how winning the Newbery changed (or didn't change) their lives in this piece from Publishers Weekly...


    January 2, 2013: On the Big Screen

    One of our Mixed-up Files members may be headed to the movies! Jennifer Nielsen's fantasy adventure novel The False Prince is being adapted for Paramount Pictures by Bryan Cogman, story editor for HBO's Game of Thrones. For 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!