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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, read more...

     

    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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WELCOME TO OUR BOOK LIST PAGE!

We’re busy compiling specialty, middle-grade book lists for the hard-to-please reader in your life.  Check back often, as we’ll be updating regularly with a growing archive of wonderful new book  lists.  And if you have a suggestion for a book list you’d like us to tackle, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best.

Thanks!
The Mixed-Up Authors


THE LISTS!

Note: We have separated our book lists into general categories; therefore, some book lists may be listed more than once.  Also, not all titles in each book list fall into the categories we have listed them under.  For example, some of the lists under the Books For Boys category may also contain books for girls.  That’s the problem with unique book lists: they are hard to categorize!  We’ve tried to make it a little easier to find just the right book, though.  Happy browsing!


ACTION/ADVENTURE

DESTINATION: BOOKS!: Let these titles take you around the world

SURVIVAL STORIES: Kids making it on their own

MYTH CONCEPTION: New spins on old mythological stories and characters

OUT LOUD: Books that make great read-alouds

RELUCTANT READERS: Our kid experts put in their two cents

ROAD TRIP!!: Eye-opening journeys

WORLDS APART: Books that take place on faraway islands

 

 

ANIMAL

DRAGONS: A Magical Treat

HOORAY FOR MICE: A “Mischief” of Mice Stories! 

HORSE BOOKS: For your ‘horsie’ kid

HORSES, HEARTS AND HEALING: Can’t get enough of those horse books!

MONKEYING AROUND: Books about Monkeys, for your monkeys

NO DEAD DOGS: Middle grade books in which devoted canine companions survive and thrive!

 

 

BOOKS FOR AVID/EAGER/STRONG READERS

ART AND LETTERS: Books inspired by works of art

CLEVER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS: A few good books for young mystery fans!

MEMOIRS AND MIDDLE GRADE

 

 

BOOKS FOR BOYS

ARE YOU NEW HERE?: New kids in new schools

BIOGRAPHIES: Before They Were Famous

A BIT OFF KILTER: For kids who like a bit of mischief…

BOOK CLUB BOYS: Middle grade books used to great effect in GUYS READ

BOOKS WITH BOY HEROES

DARK HUMOR: A different brand of humor books

DRAGONS: A magical treat

A FANTASTICAL MIDDLE-GRADE MONDAY: A sampling of fantasy titles for a Monday, or any day

FAVORITE NOVELS FROM NEW AUTHORS, or authors new to the MG genre

HITTING THE HIGHWAY: Road trips

HUMOR AIN’T JUST IN THE BATHROOM: Books to make kids LOL

MARCH MADNESS: Books where basketball plays a prominent role

MG BOOK-TO MOVIES: Middle Grade Books that went on to make great films

MYTH CONCEPTIONS: New spins on old mythological stories and characters

REALLY ROYAL READS: Prince & princess stories

SCIENCY FICTION: Novels with real science built in

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Money-makers and fortune seekers

SO YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS?: MG characters seeking and/or finding fame

SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR: Books about war

SURVIVAL STORIES: Kids making it on their own

 

 

BOOKS FOR GIRLS

ARE YOU NEW HERE?: New kids in new schools

BIG KID BOOKS IN THE MIDDLE GRADE SECTION: Great picks for the younger MG reader

BOOKS WITH STRONG, SPUNKY FEMALE CHARACTERS: Perfect for Women’s History Month!

FAVORITE NOVELS FROM NEW AUTHORS, or authors new to the MG genre

GIRL POWER: The Historical Fiction Version

GIRLS FOR ALL SEASONS: Sport Stories for Girls

GROW A GARDEN IN A BOOK: Books with flourishing gardens

HORSE BOOKS: For your ‘horsie’ kid!

MG BOOK-TO MOVIES: Middle Grade Books that went on to make great films

MORE HORSE BOOKS!: Horses, hearts and healing

NEITHER PINK NOR PERFECT: Muddy and mighty middle-grade girls

THE NEO DOMESTIC MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

ONE FOR THE GALS: Strong Female Protagonists

REAL GIRLS: The good, the bad, and the ugly of nonfiction

REALLY ROYAL READS: Prince & princess stories

REALISTIC GIRLS AND FANTASTIC BOYS? Includes a list of fantasy books with a girl protagonist

SO YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS?: MG characters seeking and/or finding fame

YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN GRANDMA

 

 

BOOKS FOR RELUCTANT READERS

HI-LO BOOKS: High-interest, Low-level books for older readers

I JUST WANT HER TO READ SOMETHING!: Learn how ”-ology” books attract reluctant and distracted readers

LET’S GET GRAPHIC… NOVEL

READER: IMPOSSIBLE

RELUCTANT READERS: Our kid experts put in their two cents

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Money makers and fortune seekers

TWEENS AND MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

 

 

CLASSICS/TIMELESS

BOOKS THAT SHAPED MIDDLE-GRADE: A list of influential books that have shaped the American middle-grade book experience 

CLASSIC TALES RETOLD: For a new spin on an old classic fairy or folk tale, read these…

MYTH CONCEPTIONS: New spins on old mythological stories and characters

SNUGGLE UP AND READ: Books to read by the fireplace on a cold, winter day

WHAT MAKES A MIDDLE-GRADE NOVEL TIMELESS?: Several experts chime in on timeless books

 

 

CONTEMPORARY

CHANGING THE WORLD: One book at a time

ORDINARY KIDS, EXTRAORDINARY STORIES: Contemporary realistic fiction at its best

VIVE LA DIFFERENCE!: Books that feature/include characters with learning differences

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Money makers and fortune seekers

 

 

EARLY MIDDLE-GRADE/CHAPTER BOOKS

BIG KID BOOKS IN THE MIDDLE GRADE SECTION: Great picks for the younger MG reader

BOOKS THAT HELP KIDS TAKE THE LEAP INTO MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS: Some titles that help kids with the transition from pictures to words

EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS: A list of books on a new reader’s bookshelf

HI-LO BOOKS: High interest, low level books for older readers

 

 

FANTASY/PARANORMAL

ALL ABOARD THE FANTASY TRAIN: Titles for Harry Potter Fans

AUDIOBOOKS: Great sounding middle grade books, perfect for those long summer drives!

CLASSIC TALES RETOLD:  For a new spin on an old classic fairy or folk tale, read these…

DRAGONS: A magical treat

A FANTASTICAL MIDDLE-GRADE MONDAY: A sampling of fantasy titles for a Monday or any day

MG BOOK-TO MOVIES: Middle-grade books that went on to make great films

MYTH CONCEPTIONS: New spins on old mythological stories and characters

REALISTIC GIRLS AND FANTASTIC BOYS?: Includes a list of fantasy books with a girl protagonist

SPINE-TINGLING READS: Spooky stories just right for Halloween night

 

 

HISTORY/HISTORICAL FICTION

CHILD LABOR BOOKS: Fiction and nonfiction titles

GETTING WILD-ER: Little House on the Prairie

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND GIFT GIVING: The perfect books for your Holiday gift list

HOLOCAUST REMEMBERANCE: Fiction and nonfiction titles

MEMOIR AND MIDDLE GRADE

PEOPLE OF COURAGE: Taking a stand for Freedom

IN PRAISE OF HISTORICAL FICTION: Including suggestions from readers!

READING AND WRITING BOSTON: MG books set in Boston. Cool Beans!

SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR: Books about war

A TASTE OF TITANIC: A few books to get you started

 

 

HUMOROUS

DARK HUMOR: A different brand of humor

HUMOR AIN’T JUST IN THE BATHROOM: Books to make kids LOL

OUT LOUD: Books that make great read-alouds

RELUCTANT READERS: Our kid experts put in their two cents

 

 

MULTICULTURAL

ARE MULTICULTURAL BOOKS DEAD? MAYBE…MAYBE NOT.

DESTINATION: BOOKS!: Let these titles take you around the world

FAVORITE TITLES FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Celebrate the month with these suggestions

HONORING ASIAN/ASIAN AMERICAN THEMED MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS

M IS FOR MULTICULTURAL: Go global in your reading!

MULTI-ETHNIC FAMILIES IN MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS

ONE WORLD, MANY STORIES

PICTURE THIS: Picture book windows to the world

 

 

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE/HORROR

CLEVER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS: A few good books for young mystery fans!

IT’S A MYSTERY!: Books with a mysterious twist

OUT LOUD: Books that make great read-alouds

SCARY STORIES: Try these!

SPINE-TINGLING READS: Spooky stories just right for Halloween night

 

 

NEW RELEASES (BY MONTH)

JUNE 2010: All the fresh new middle grade titles this month. For happy beach reading!

JULY 2010: Be the first on your block to read these newest mg titles!

AUGUST 2010: Hot off the press for hot summer reading

SEPTEMBER 2010: Great new reads to help middle graders ease into fall.

OCTOBER 2010: See all the new reads everyone is howling about!

NOVEMBER 2010: A bountiful harvest of new books releasing this month!

DECEMBER 2010: Spread the holiday cheer with these newly-released books

JANUARY 2011: Greet the New Year with these new releases

FEBRUARY 2011: New Books To Love

MARCH 2011: Spring Has Sprung!

APRIL 2011: New Releases

MAY 2011: MAY we interest you in a few new books? 

JUNE 2011: New Releases

JULY 2011: New Releases

AUGUST 2011: Take these to the beach

SEPTEMBER 2011: Start off the school year right with these new books!

OCTOBER 2011: Fall into some great new fiction!

NOVEMBER 2011: Giving thanks for new books!

DECEMBER 2011: A few for under the tree…

JANUARY 2012: Starting the year off right

FEBRUARY 2012: You’re going to love these!

MARCH 2012: In like a lion!

APRIL 2012: Spring surprises

MAY 2012: New Releases

JUNE 2012: New Releases

JULY 2012: Sparkling New Releases!

AUGUST 2012: New in August

 SEPTEMBER 2012: New Releases

OCTOBER 2012: New Releases

 NOVEMBER 2012: New Release

DECEMBER 2012: New Releases

FEBRUARY 2013: More books to love!

MARCH 2013: Spring into these new books

APRIL 2013: New Releases

MAY 2013: New Releases

JUNE 2013: New Releases

JULY 2013: New Releases

AUGUST 2013: New Releases

OCTOBER 2013: New Releases

NOVEMBER 2013: New Releases

 

 

NONFICTION

ANYTHING FOR A VOTE: Books on politics, the White House, and the presidency

BIOGRAPHIES: Before they were famous

BIOGRAPHIES: The World Through Others’ Lives

CHILD LABOR: Nonfiction and fiction

DON’T BLOW YOUR TOP: Books about Mount St. Helens

GETTING WILD-ER: Little House on the Prairie

A HOW-TO WORLD: Books that teach you how to do just about anything!

THE NUMBER CRUNCH: Non-fiction for Math Lovers

PLANET PAMPERING READS: Ecology, Recycling, Eco-friendly fun

REAL GIRLS: The good, the bad, and the ugly of nonfiction

REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11: Books that share the 9/11 experience

SPRING INTO HAIKU: Resources for writing the art of the Haiku

S.T.E.M. BOOKS: Making Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fun!

A TASTE OF TITANIC: a few books to get you started

TRENDS IN NON-FICTION: Check out these browseable and narrative non-fiction titles in response to the new Common Core

 

 

POETRY/VERSE

BIG STORIES IN SMALL PACKAGES: Choosing a novel in verse

CHAPTER AND VERSE

POETRY? EW!: Conquering your fear of poetry

POETRY THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Books with silly verses

SPRING INTO HAIKU: Resources for writing the art of the Haiku

 

 

RELIGIOUS

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND GIFT GIVING: The perfect books for your Holiday gift list

 

 

SEASONS/HOLIDAYS

BOOKS FOR HAPPY CAMPERS: Summer Camp Stories

CRAFTY WAYS TO SPEND LATE SUMMER DAYS

COZY WINTER READS: Curl up with one of these books with wintry settings

EARTH DAY: Planet Pampering Picks, Part 2

ELEVEN (BOOKS for) BIRTHDAYS: Some book suggestions for gift-giving

FATHER’S DAY: Books with great fathers in them

FAVORITE TITLES FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Celebrate the month with these suggestions

GROW A GARDEN IN A BOOK: Books with flourishing gardens

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Creepy stories to give you a scare

HAPPY U.N. DAY: Changing the world, one book at a time

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND GIFT GIVING: The perfect books for your Holiday gift list

A LIST OF LOVE: Books For Valentine’s Day

PEOPLE OF COURAGE: Taking a stand for Freedom

PLANET PAMPERING READS: Ecology, Recycling, Eco-friendly fun

POLITICS: READING TO LIGHTEN UP ELECTION DAY

REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11: Books that share the 9/11 experience

ROAD TRIP!: Eye-opening journeys

A SALUTE TO VETERANS: Books for Veterans’ Day

SNUGGLE UP AND READ: Books to read by the fireplace on a cold winter day

SPRING INTO CHANGE: BOOKS TO INSPIRE: See how these characters’ physical changes influence their stories

 

 

SCIENCE-FICTION

NOT QUITE TWILIGHT: Paranormal for the mg reader

SCIENCE FICTION? 

 

 

“SCIENCY” FICTION/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

EARTH DAY: Planet Pampering Picks, Part 2

RELUCTANT READERS: Our kid experts put in their two cents

SCIENCY FICTION: Books with real science built in 

S.T.E.M. BOOKS : Making Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fun!

 

 

SERIES

A BIT OFF KILTER: For kids who like a bit of mischief…

SEQUELS: THEIR PLEASURES AND PERILS: Learn how a series of books is written

 

 

SPORTS

GIRLS FOR ALL SEASONS: Sport Stories for Girls

LET’S PLAY BALL: A list of sports reads for athletic readers

MARCH MADNESS: Books where basketball plays a prominent role

 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

DIFFERENCES AS SUPERPOWERS: Turning ‘different’ into an asset – something to be celebrated!

DISABILITY IN MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS

SHINING A LIGHT ON MENTAL ILLNESS

VIVE LA DIFFERENCE!: Books that feature/include characters with learning differences

 

 

THE TRULY UNIQUE

ART AND LETTERS: Books inspired by works of art

AUDIOBOOKS:  Great sounding middle grade books, perfect for those long summer drives!

BEST BOOKS FOR MIDDLE-GRADERS? Ask you independent bookseller

BOOK FEAST: Enjoy a literary feast with these character-inspired cookbooks

CELEBRATING SEUSS: Dr. Seuss books and their middle-grade equivalents, in honor of Read Across America Day

COMING OF AGE: a discussion and list of this interesting genre

DESTINATION: BOOKS!: Let these titles take you around the world

FAVORITE MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS: Author Mindy Alyse Weiss shares her favorite titles of the past few years

FAVORITE NOVELS BY NEW AUTHORS, or authors new to the MG genre

FOUR HAPPY ENDINGS

I LAUGHED. I CRIED. I READ A BOOK. Books that engage your emotions

LISTS STEMMING FROM FROM THE MIXED UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKENWEILER: Mini lists – New York, Museums, Art Mysteries, Runaways, Trains, Miniature Protagonists

MAKING ROOM FOR EVERYONE: Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Characters in Middle Grade Novels

MG BOOK-TO MOVIES: Middle-Grade Books that went on to make great films

OUR FIRSTS: Author Jonathan Rosen shares his family’s list of the books that made them into readers

OUT LOUD: Books that make great read-alouds

READING AND WRITING BOSTON: MG books set in Boston. Cool Beans!

THE READING FAMILY: Great read-aloud books for the whole family

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Fun books to read when you’re sick (or distracting yourself from ongoing dental work)

SPRING INTO CHANGE: BOOKS TO INSPIRE: See how these characters’ physical changes influence their stories

WHAT THE MIXED-UP FILES AUTHORS THINK ABOUT… CHARACTERS LIKE US: Learn about some of our authors by reading about characters just like them

WHO’S WATCHING THE KIDS? Stories About Nannies

 

 

WRITING

BOOKS ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING

BOOKS TO HAVE ON HAND WHEN WRITING

SPRING INTO HAIKU: Resources for writing the art of the Haiku

 

22 Comments

  1. Stephanie Greene  •  Apr 26, 2010 @1:15 pm

    Welcome, and good for you! Middle grade books rock. Readers at that stage may be the most accepting, open, enthusiastic readers of them all. They’re still excited about books and they’re young enough not to have become discouraged. Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you if you don’t grab a kid as a reader by the time he/she is in the 4th grade, you may not grab them at all. I say, let’s grab each and every one with wonderful middle grade books.

    I’m so glad you’ve started this site. GREAT NAME, btw.

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  2. Kelly Polark  •  Jul 22, 2010 @10:23 am

    Love all these lists!

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  3. Penny  •  Sep 28, 2010 @9:47 pm

    Thank you for what you are doing for teachers and, in turn, the students with whom they teach AND learn! Major kudos, MixedUpFiles peeps!

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  4. Inara Scott  •  Nov 9, 2010 @1:02 pm

    How about a list of paranormal and fantasy books for upper MG readers? Young adult literature has become more sexual and violent of late, but it’s also so popular maybe tween girls are reading up into it. I’d love to see a list of books that are exciting enough to grab the attention of the almost-YA-readers, but don’t have the mature content of the YA books.

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  5. Bev  •  Nov 10, 2010 @8:01 am

    Good idea, Inara! We’ll get on it:)

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  6. DSK  •  Nov 11, 2010 @9:30 pm

    This is a really neat website! It’s rather an odd place for me, because when I was growing up I read almost nothing but adult fantasy fiction, not middle-grade books. There was nothing like this for middle-grade children when I was of that age-or if there was it was all a bunch of politically correct nonsense, so I find it hard to suggest any books to add to your recommended reading list. Except, perhaps, a list for girls. I know girls will read nearly anything once they get going, but since you have a list for boys why not round things out with a list for girls?

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  7. Cathy Stakey  •  Dec 27, 2010 @8:15 pm

    I am looking for a middle grade book list of multicultural titles. I am trying to gather choices for literature circles that promote diversity and teach middle grade students about cultures beyond their own. Any suggestions?

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  8. Elissa Cruz  •  Jan 6, 2011 @8:29 pm

    Cathy,

    We’ll see what we can come up with! And thanks for the suggestion. I don’t think we had multicultural books on our list yet.

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  9. Rose Green  •  Feb 19, 2011 @1:48 pm

    Great lists! I’d love to recommend Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz books in the fantasy category. They are very silly and great fun to read aloud and both my boys and girls love them!

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  10. Michele Weber Hurwitz  •  Mar 9, 2012 @7:41 pm

    Sydney Salter reviewed my debut mg novel, “Calli Be Gold” in March 2011. Wondering if it might be a good addition to CONTEMPORARY – Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Stories, as it’s the story of the youngest child in a family of overachievers who finds her own way to shine. Thanks for considering!

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  11. Martina Koleva  •  Sep 29, 2012 @12:58 am

    This is a very interesting site for me.. I never got around to read all that many middle grade books. I didn’t read much as a child but when I started reading as a teen I jumped to YA fantasy novels and never looked back..
    I’ll have to browse through the lists more closely to pick something I like…
    I’m having an interview and a giveaway for a MG author, come check it out, here.

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