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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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  • The Great Library Giveaway


    (For the FAQ on rules and eligibility, please click here.)

    (If you wish to help make our Great Library Giveaway even better, please go here for details on how you can donate books.)

    The following titles have been donated to our Great Library Giveaway (all titles in green are books in our possession, the rest have been pledged but are still on their way to us):

    Grand Total: 70 middle-grade books

    Hardcovers (53 total)

    8th Grade Super Zero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich

    The 39 Clues Book 8: The Emperor’s Code by Gordan Korman

    Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder

    As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks

    The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts

    The Big One-Oh by Dean Pitchford

    The Billionaire’s Curse by Richard Newsome

    Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Elliot and the Goblin War by Jennifer Nielsen

    Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

    The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming

    The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor

    A Finders-Keepers Place by Ann Haywood Leal

    Finding Danny by Linzi Glass

    The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

    The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

    Guys Read: Funny Business By Jon Scieszka and others

    The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little

    How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) by Art Corriveau

    How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

    I So Don’t Do Makeup by Barrie Summy

    It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder

    Jungle Crossing by Sydney Salter

    Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life by Barbara Dee

    The Last Snake Runner by Kimberley Griffiths Little

    Letters from Rapunzel by Sara Holmes

    The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge

    lucky breaks by Susan Patron

    The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant

    Mallory in the Spotlight by Laurie Friedman

    Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner

    Noonie’s Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback

    Operation Yes by Sara Holmes

    Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams

    Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder

    The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath

    Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

    Red Pyramid (Book 1 in the Kane Chronicles) by Rick Riordan

    The Reinvention of Edison Thomas by Jacqueline Houtman

    The Rise and Fall of Mt. Majestic by Jennifer Trafton

    Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head by Nancy Viau

    Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland

    Soar, Elinor! by Tami Lewis Brown

    Solving Zoe by Barbara Dee

    The Summer of Moonlight Secrets by Danette Haworth

    Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

    The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

    Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

    Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan

    Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth

    Warriors The New Prophecy #2: Moonrise by Erin Hunter

    What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb

    Paperbacks (17 total)

    As If Being 12 3/4 Isn’t Bad Enough (My Mother Is Running for President) by Donna Gephart

    Booktalking Around the World: Great Global Reads for Ages 9-14 by Sonja Cole

    The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner

    Dare To Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives by Sandra McLeod Humphrey

    Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery by Michele Corriel

    Football Hero by Tim Green

    Haven by Beverly Patt

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

    Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Put-Downs by Sandra McLeod Humphrey

    Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown

    Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery by Michele Corriel

    Karma Bites by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

    Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta

    Nice and Mean by Jessica Leader

    Saving Lilly by Peg Kehret

    This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee

    Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder

    THANK YOU to all who have donated books for this giveaway!

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