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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 FAQ

    1. Which libraries are eligible?

    Any local public library, private library or school library is eligible, as long as the library serves at least 100 students or patrons.  The institution must be a permanent, physical structure where the books will be housed and utilized by patrons, and must have a physical US or Canadian mailing address where we can ship the books.  In addition, the library must serve students or patrons who are are the ages of middle-grade books’ target audience: 8-12 year-olds.

    We would particularly like to see an underserved school or library receive these books.  So please keep that in mind when nominating.

    2.  What happens if a chosen library isn’t eligible?

    If we determine that a library chosen as a finalist is ineligible, or if we are unable to verify eligibility before the voting period begins, a new library will be chosen as a finalist by our random generator.  If we learn of a finalist’s ineligibility after the voting begins or the winner’s ineligibility after the voting period ends, the library will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen among the two remaining finalists according to whose vote count is highest.

    3. How are finalists chosen?

    Finalists are chosen among all nominations by a random generator plugin.  Only nominations listed in the announcement blog post here will be used to choose our list of finalists.

    4. How do I vote for  a library finalist?

    Voting will begin Saturday, October 20, 2012 and end at 11:59pm Pacific time on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.  The voting will happen via a poll we will insert at the top of our left sidebar.  Simply click the circle next to the school you choose, and click the Vote! button.  You can only cast one vote.

    A word of caution: the poll does allow us to track user logins, cookies, and IP addresses.  This information will not be shared with anyone and we will only use it to check any voter irregularities.

    5. What if the voting poll doesn’t work?

    In the event that the poll does not work, please send an email to librarygiveaway at fromthemixedupfiles dot com and we will manually count your vote in our official tally at the end of the voting period.  We will also list manual counts underneath the poll, so voters can see all votes that have come in.

    6.  How will the books be sent to the winning library?

    Once we choose the winning entry, we will contact the one whose entry was chosen for their winning library’s contact information.  We will then work directly with the library to ship (or deliver in person, if possible) the middle-grade book collection.

    7.  What books have been donated for this giveaway?

    You can view the entire list of books here.  We will also highlight each donated book in blog posts throughout the nomination and voting periods.

    8. Can I donate a book, too?

    Yes, you can!  We will be grateful for any donation you wish to add to our collection.  Please see our Great Library Giveaway donation page for additional information.

    9. What else can I do to help?

    We are considering making this a yearly (or so) project.  However, our giveaways are only as big as our outreach.  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 libraries we can impact for good.  You can also download our Great Library Giveaway 2012 Press Release and pass it along to your networks.  We appreciate your help.  Thank you.

    10.  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 librarygiveaway at fromthemixedupfiles dot com.


    1. Sara Zoe  •  Oct 19, 2010 @7:01 am

      I’m just clarifying as of course I want to nominate my own school library, but want to make sure I’m eligible!:

      8 yr olds are generally grade 3
      12 yr olds, grade 7

      So eligible school libraries would need to serve all those grade ranges? Not just part of the range such as a k-5 or 6-8 school?


      Elissa Cruz Reply:


      A K-5 or a 6-8 school would qualify. We just didn’t want high schools or college libraries getting these books. If the school has students who would normally read these books, then they are okay.


    2. Kathleen Phillips  •  Oct 20, 2010 @2:00 pm

      Thank you,
      Kathleen Phillips
      Children’s Services Librarian


    3. STacey  •  Sep 19, 2012 @2:19 am

      My school’s library is located in Indonesia, but if we were allowed to enter, could provide a US shipping address. We are an International school with an outdated children’s library, and voracious readers always looking for a new book. Thanks for considering this question. Stacey Hicklin


      Elissa Cruz Reply:

      @STacey, Stacy, as long as you have a US shipping address, you are welcome to enter!


    4. Shannon Bosley  •  Sep 19, 2012 @7:17 am

      I was wondering if I could nominate a group of schools. I have 6 urban parochial schools that serve in high poverty areas and all are K-8. I serve as the new Technology & Curriculum Coordinator for our diocese and am a certified LMS. I was hoping I could nominate our ACUE group and share with all 6; it’s hard to pick just one.


      Elissa Cruz Reply:

      @Shannon Bosley, Shannon, go ahead and nominate your group as one library, since you work for all of them and can split the books among the schools if you are chosen. Good luck!


    5. Dede Coe  •  Oct 13, 2012 @2:50 pm

      I would like to nominate
      Headland Elementary School
      Headland, AL


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