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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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    1. Mary Cunningham  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:12 pm

      I write a ‘Tween series, “Cynthia’s Attic,” with 4 books published, so far. The time-travel series targets readers 9-12.

      I’d love to be considered for membership and would enjoy contributing to the blog and discussions.

      If you need further information, please contact me. Spotted you on facebook!


    2. Barbara Dee  •  Jun 7, 2010 @3:57 pm

      I’m the author of JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE (McElderry/S&S, Aladdin MIX), SOLVING ZOE (ditto; 2010 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year) and THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON (Aladdin MIX, April 2010). My fourth MG novel, TRAUMA QUEEN, will be published by Aladdin MIX spring 2011.

      I’m up for anything, and willing to commit to posting on a regular schedule. Right now I thinking of offbeat ways to keep tweens reading over the summer. I’d love to become a member of this site–and seriously, guys, I never throw tomatoes!


    3. Christine Wolf  •  Sep 2, 2010 @11:13 am

      I always love visiting your site, and I’d love to play a part in it — in any way possible. GREAT JOB everyone!


    4. Cathy Kennedy  •  Nov 23, 2010 @8:09 am

      My publisher is POD, if you consider these sorts of books, then perhaps you may look at my children’s book, The Tale of Ole Green Eyes, for early readers. You may learn more about my book at my website. Thank you!


    5. Sheryl Gwyther  •  Dec 4, 2010 @10:50 pm

      Love finding blogs about the Mid-Grade genre. I’m an Australian author of mid-grade fiction (here’s it’s more likely to be called Junior Fiction) – looking forward to keeping track of you all.
      We might come from different continents and hemispheres but I bet we have lots in common. :)


    6. Joanne Rocklin  •  Feb 7, 2011 @1:10 pm

      Hi. I was thrilled to find your site! I’m a middle-grade author with a new book coming out, ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, Spring 2011, Abrams. I’ve taught Writing for Children at UCLA Extension, and love talking about writing, especially for this age. Hope to become a member!


    7. Jacqueline Harvey  •  Mar 25, 2011 @7:07 pm


      I’m an Australian author of Middle Grade Fiction. My new series is about a very optimistic and determined seven year old called Alice-Miranda. Random House Australia have contracted 8 books with the first three released since Feb 2010. I am so excited that the first book, Alice-Miranda At School is launching in the US on 5 April. I am published in the US by Random House Delacorte. Your site is fantastic – wish I’d found it sooner!

      Love to be involved in any way possible.

      Best wishes,
      Jacqueline Harvey


    8. Lindsay Eland  •  Jul 3, 2012 @10:39 am

      Hi! I am the middle grade author of Scones and Sensibility (Egmont USA 2009), with another mg novel coming out next summer :) A site dedicated to Middle Grade?! It doesn’t get much better than that! I would love to be considered when an opening arises!




    9. Julie Krantz  •  Oct 17, 2012 @8:27 am

      Greetings, All! I write across genres, from picture book to middle grade to poetry for children and adults and would love to become part of this group. Right now my poems can be found all over the web, my picture books are soon to be released on iBooks, and my serious/funny middle-grade, STELLA BELLAROSA, is for sale on Amazon. Please stop by and take a look–first three chapters are posted and book is free for download 5X every three months.


    10. Erika Kathryn  •  Jan 12, 2013 @7:29 pm

      Hi ya’ll!

      I just published the 1st Volume of the Angel Archives, called Audie the Angel and the Angel Army. It is a fast-paced, wholesome, fun adventure! Working on Volume 2 now and it includes Zombies in it…Angels and Zombies in 1 book! Please check out the website: http://www.audietheangel.com

      Also, I’d LOVE to be a member of this site when it opens back up! Thank you for your consideration and thank you for creating a site for Middle Grade! It’s awesome!!!

      ~Erika Kathryn~


    11. Gayle Rosengren  •  Jan 19, 2013 @2:36 pm

      My middle grade historical fiction novel, What the Moon Said, is being published early in 2014 by Putnam/Penguin. I didn’t know this site existed until a friend who belonged to the 2010 group told me about it earlier today. I rushed right over! I’m so very impressed by all that you have to offer. I wish I’d learned about you sooner, but as my grandmother always used to say, better late than never(!) I will be a regular visitor from now on, and, when you have a space, I would love to be considered for membership.
      Thank you for maintaining this fabulous site!
      Gayle Rosengren


      Marlene Fitzwater Reply:

      @Gayle Rosengren,

      Congratulations on having your novel published! I have written a historical novel for middle grade readers, after being published in other genres, and am looking to connect with an author who has published in this genre. If you are interested in connecting with a serious, dedicated writer, please let me know. Thanks so much.

      Marlene Fitzwater


      Gayle Rosengren Reply:

      @Marlene Fitzwater,
      Hello Marlene,
      Sure, I’d love to connect and exchange experiences. My book just went to copyediting and sales/marketing, so I’m entering the home stretch. :-) I have one more MG historical in the revision stage and a contemporary just completed (for the moment, anyway!). Who have you published with so far?


    12. Lisa Orchard  •  Apr 21, 2013 @4:28 pm

      Hello! I’m Lisa Orchard the author of the middle grade Super Spies mystery/thriller series. I have published two books in the series and the third one will be available in August. I would love to be considered for membership and I’m willing to help in any way that is needed. Thanks so much for your time and consideration.


    13. Mary Ryan  •  May 13, 2013 @7:24 am

      I’d love to join this group. Just stumbled upon it last week and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs. I’ve published six books with traditional publishers, including Me Two, which became the Disney Channel movie, The Other Me. It’s still available through iUniverse’s Back in Print program with Author’s Guild. I’ve done some POD, as well.


    14. Steven Donahue  •  Sep 10, 2013 @1:00 pm

      I love your site and would like to join when there is an opening. I am Steven Donahue, author of Amy the Astronaut and the Flight for Freedom.


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