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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,


    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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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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