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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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  • Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour FAQ

    1. Who is eligible?

    Any school, class, book club, scout troop or other group of middle grade readers is eligible.  Skype tour visits are not transferable and must be conducted within six months of the date the winning group is notified via web post. Individuals entering warrant that they have authority to schedule an author visit on behalf of said school, club, troop or group.

    2.  What happens if the winner isn’t eligible?

    If we determine that the winner is ineligible, or if we are unable to verify eligibility after a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen by our random generator. Determination of eligibility is in the sole discretion of the Mixed-Up Files Skype committee.

    3.  What equipment do I need to Skype?

    You need a computer, a current working version of Skype, available free at www.Skype.com, an internet connection, a working webcam, microphone, and speakers. It is the winner’s sole responsibility to insure their equipment is in working order and suitable for a Skype Author Tour Visit. If equipment or technology does not work for any reason on the selected date and time of the Skype visit, or if for any reason the visit can not be conducted, the visit is forfeited. Rescheduling or making other accommodations is at the sole discretion of the author and should not be expected to occur.

    4.  Which author will visit my group?

    Each season five to seven authors will “be on the bus” offering Skype author tours.  Your entry will make you eligible win a visit by any one of those authors. Authors and winning groups will be paired randomly by the Mixed-Up Files Skype Committee. Winners will not chose which author will visit their group but all authors will conduct middle-grade age appropriate author visits. You can view the entire list of authors and the season when the contest for their visit will be conducted here.

    The Mixed-Up Skype committee reserves the right to change authors participating, substitute authors awarded to winners, cancel contest dates, and make any other changes reasonable and necessary. No author or planner is financially compensated for his or her participation. All participation is voluntary and may be changed or terminated at will. This contest can be canceled in part or in its entirety at any time, without notice. Some authors participating in this contest offer free or low cost Skype visits elsewhere, including on their own websites. From The Mixed-Up Files takes no responsibility for other author visit offers or duplication, if any.

    5. When will the author visit my winning group?

    Author visits will be scheduled by the author and the winning group at a mutually agreed upon time within six months of the date the winner is notified via blog post. If the winner and the author can not agree upon a time for a visit the winner forfeits all rights to the author visit and any other prizes included.

    It is the winning group’s responsibility to insure that their equipment is in working order and all technical requirements for a successful Skype author visit are met.

    6. Will you do this again?

    We are considering making this a yearly (or so) project.  However, our giveaways are only as big as our donations.  If you are interested in helping us make this a yearly reality, please spread the word to as many people as you can.  The more help we have, the more people we can impact for good.

    7.  I have a question…

    Please leave a comment below and we will be sure to answer your question there as well.  If your question is of a sensitive nature, you may also email us at tami at tamilewisbrown dot com.

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