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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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  • Happy New Year!

    Holiday

    Here we are on the last day of 2012. What an amazing year for middle grade books! There were so many memorable, heart-stopping books published this year — sci fi and fantasy, humor and history, graphic novels and nonfiction, love and death and everything in between. Join me on a poetic journey through some of the fantastic middle grade novels of 2012…

    Once Upon a Toad there was a young reader

    Who devoured stories like a fearless leader.

    This year was no different, she read book after book,

    Fantasy, reality, historical; whatever it took.

    She cried over Ivan, witnessed some Drama, and cheered for Wonder(ful) Auggie,

    Had a Laugh With the Moon, wore a Fake Mustache, and looked In a Glass Grimmly.

    Next on her list was Glory Be, May B, Stealing Air, and The Marble Queen,

    Followed by Jake and Lily, The Templeton Twins, not to mention Ivy and Bean.

    She raced through The Fire Chronicle and Liar & Spy,

    Then got Caught in The Genius Files and Starry River of the Sky.

    No time to spare, there were still lots more books,

    about Dorks who keep Diaries, one Wimpy Kid, and The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook.

    She discovered The Upside of Ordinary, A Hero for WondLa, then poured over Son,

    Just in time to See You at Harry’s, be A Whole Lot of Lucky, and try Flying the Dragon.

    Next she figured out The 39 Clues while Stealing Popular and loving The Mighty Miss Malone,

    But wait, Amber Brown was back, and while on Will Sparrow’s Road, she was never alone.

    Then it was a Summer of the Gypsy Moths; the year was just flying by,

    Three Times Lucky, Mr. Terupt Falls Again, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, oh my!

    As the leaves began to fall, she curled up in her room,

    With The Fault in Our Stars, The False Prince, and Gustav Gloom.

    She raced through True Legend, Unstoppable, and Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities,

    Made sure to read The Great Unexpected, Joshua Dread, and The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee.

    Who Could That Be at This Hour? she thought, when she heard a knock,

    She was Almost Home when she looked at the clock.

    2013 was at the door; it’s practically next year,

    She had to hurry up and finish Double Dog Dare.

    And now that she’s done, there’s only one thing to do,

    Start all over again with books that are new!

     

    A very happy new year from all of us at From the Mixed-Up Files! Keep reading and keep writing!

     

     

    Michele Weber Hurwitz, the author of Calli Be Gold (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House 2011) and an upcoming middle grade novel in spring 2014, can’t wait to see what books are in store for 2013.

    11 Comments

    6 Comments

    1. Linda Andersen  •  Dec 31, 2012 @7:27 am

      Michele,
      Creative! Now that’s a book review to remember!

      Michele Weber Hurwitz Reply:

      @Linda Andersen, Thanks! A poet, I am not, but it was fun!

    2. Dianna Winget  •  Dec 31, 2012 @10:32 am

      Great, Michele, but you forgot my debut MG, A Smidgen of Sky :)

      Michele Weber Hurwitz Reply:

      @Dianna Winget, Oh gosh, there were so many more titles I would have loved to work in…couldn’t do ‘em all :(

    3. Michelle Schusterman  •  Dec 31, 2012 @5:38 pm

      Wow, this is seriously impressive!!

      Michele Weber Hurwitz Reply:

      @Michelle Schusterman, Haha! Thanks!

    4. Gerri Lanier  •  Jan 1, 2013 @1:28 pm

      * What a wonderful way to list these titles! Thanks! Only thing missing is the music, matching your lyrical words. Happy, Happy New Year!

      Michele Weber Hurwitz Reply:

      @Gerri Lanier, We’ll work on that for the 2013 poem :) !!

    5. Brenda  •  Jan 1, 2013 @8:22 pm

      Great poem with so many great ones in there!

      Michele Weber Hurwitz Reply:

      @Brenda, :)

    6. Hillary Homzie  •  Jan 8, 2013 @11:59 am

      Happy 2013 everyone! That was such a fun New Year’s rhyme!