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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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  • Author Websites With Discussion/Activity Guides

    Many authors’ websites contain discussion or activity guides for use in the classroom, media center and book clubs.  Listed below are just some of them. Check back again as this list will continue to grow.

    Laurie Halse Anderson: www.writerlady.com Includes discussion questions for her historical novels “Chains” and “Fever 1793” as well as excellent historical links.

    New! Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi: “Spiderwick Chronicles” activities and handouts for teachers and librarians.

    New! Judy Blume: Her website includes fun activities, trivia, report writing resources, information on what inspired each book, and resources on censorship.

    Tami Lewis Brown: Teachers guides, videos and webquests for “The Map of Me” and activities, videos, music links, women’s history  for “Soar Eleanor”.  Go Here.

    Sharon Creech: www.sharoncreech.com Features “Teach Creech”, a link to downloadlable guides to all her books, including “Walk Two Moons” and “Love That Dog”.

    Cinda Williams Chima: Discussion guides for The Heir Trilogy (Warrior Heir, Wizard Heir, Dragon Heir). Good for the classroom or book club.

    Christopher Paul Curtis: www.randomhouse.com/features/christopherpaulcurtis The site offers activity guides and interdisciplinary connections for “The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963” and “Bud, Not Buddy”.

    New! Jack Gantos: Find teacher and librarian guides as well as articles and interviews.

    New! Jean Craighead George: Her website has a concise and useful activity to help kids brainstorm and write their own stories.

    Patricia Reilly Giff: www.randomhouse.com/features/patriciareillygiff Find teacher guides and thematic connections to “Lily’s Crossing”,  “Nory Ryan’s Song”, and more.

    Danette Haworth: www.danettehaworth.com Her site includes a readers’ guide to her popular “Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning”.

    Deborah Heiligman: www.deborahheiligman.com Find a teaching guide as well as great links for her non-fiction award-winner  on the Darwins, “Charles and Emma”.

    New! Will Hobbs: www.willhobbsauthor.com  Lots of teaching resources in support of Will’s long list of middle-grade and YA adventures of interest to both boys and girls!

    New! Deborah Hopkinson: Offers activities for students and teachers that support her rich array of non-fiction books, including Titanic: Voices from Disaster, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

    Grace Lin: www.gracelin.com This site features ideas for crafts and activities to complement her many books, including the Newbery Honor winning “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon”.

    Kimberly Griffiths Little: www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com Her site includes a downloadable guide to her new book, “The Healing Spell”.

    Wendy Mass: Educators guides for several of her books, including “Every Soul a Star”. Also has a link to request even more for “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life”.

    Lauren Myracle: The author of the middle grade series The Winnie Years  (11, 12,13 and 13+1) has a discussion guide.

    Erin Moulton: Includes a Teachers Guide and Readers Theatre Scripts for “Flutter”.

    Brandon Mull: Educators and Parents page that includes a downloadable teachers guide and video taped discussion starters for his series “Fablehaven”.

    Jen Nielsen: Guides and resources for “Eliot and the Goblin War”.

    Barbara O’Connor:  www.barbaraoconnor.com Find teachers’ guides, as well as reader and discussion guides, for books including “How to Steal a Dog”  and “Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia”.

    New! Gary Paulsen: Information for teachers and students, including Gary’s Book Report Corner and resources for the Tucket adventures and the Brian Novels.

    Rosanne Perry: Teacher and discussion guides and follow up reading lists for “Second Fiddle” and “Heart of a Shepard”.

    New! Rodman Philbrick: Teaching guides to the “Freak the Mighty” books and “Rem World”.

    Rick Riordan:  www.rickriordan.com This is a treasure trove with downloadable guides and many links to resources on Greek mythology.

    Kurtis Scaletta: Some extra fun for “Mudville”.

    New! Gary D. Schmidt: Resource page offers links to an educator’s guide for Okay for Now and a webcast from New York Public Library in which Gary talks about how he incorporated the extraordinary story of John James Audubon’s plates from his famous book, Birds of America.

    Wendy Shang: More about Lucy Wu from “The Great Wall of Lucy Wu”.

    New! Jerry Spinelli: Games and activities for classroom or for home.

    Tricia Springtubb: Discussion questions, project guides and hands on activities for “What Happened On Fox Street” and “Mo Wren Lost and Found

    Jacqueline Woodson: www.jacquelinewoodson.com Find interviews and notes on “Locomotion” and “Feathers”, as well as downloadable teaching guides to her books for older readers.

    New! Jane Yolen: Her website includes teaching materials for her books and a “myth-writing workshop”.


    1. Barbra Hesson  •  Jun 7, 2010 @5:59 pm

      Very helpful information, I will add some of these to my “Kid Links” on my website.


    2. Sara Lewis Holmes  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:03 pm

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    3. Claudette Brown  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:42 pm

      Thank you! This school year’s not quite over, and I’m already planning my library classes for next year. Awesome!


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      This is a wonderful list, and a good study guide for authors as we put together resources for teachers and our readers. I would love to have my website added to this list–it includes discussion questions for each chapter of “A Girl Called Problem,” educational videos, author photos from Tanzania, and suggestions for further reading and action.


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