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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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  • What should I read next?

    Let’s face it. There are a lot of middle-grade books out there, and you can’t read them all. How do you find books that you (or your young reader friends) want to read? Here are some places to start looking. We’ve listed some sites that review middle-grade books, new and classic, fiction and nonfiction. If you have some favorites that we haven’t listed here, please let us know in the comments!


    Aggregate sites, with links to many other sites:

    Kidlitosphere Central: A collection of links to reviews from numerous sites: fiction, nonfiction, biography, graphic novels, fantasy, and poetry

    Somewhere in the Middle: Weekly roundup of all things middle-grade, including reviews

    Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays: Another weekly roundup

    Middle Grade Mania: A directory of book blogs that promote and/or review middle-grade fiction.


    Reviews by kids:

    Reading Tween: Reviews by kids for kids

    Novel Novice Middle Grade Book Reviews: Reviews by a middle-grader and a grown-up

    National Geographic Kids: DogEared: Reviews by kids

    A Book and a Hug:  An easily searchable site with books of many different subjects and categories, and kids can submit their own reviews

    This Kid Reviews Books: Erik reads 2-3 middle-grade books a week and reviews them here.


    Sites with special focus:

    Slatebreakers: Reviews with an emphasis on female characters who stand up for themselves and make a difference in the world

    The Happy Nappy Bookseller: Emphasizes diversity, noting authors and characters of color

    Compass Book Ratings: Lets you search for books by age range and genre, as well as its level of violence, profanity, or sexuality

    Book and a Garden: Has a separate section for Jewish children’s book reviews

    Mother-Daughter Book Club: Has book lists and reviews especially for mothers and daughters to read together

    Bookends: Two middle school librarians review middle-grade and young adult titles, often including Common Core Connections

    Good Books for Kids: Book lists and reviews, including word counts and reading levels

    The Middle Grade Science Project: Book reviews and associated science activities


    Book review sites

    Some review middle-grade only. Some review a range of children’s/young adult books. You can often refine your search by clicking on tabs or tags along the top or side of the page. Some have search functions. Many also have links to other sites

    BookDads: Reviews of books for third through sixth grade (Age 9-12)

    Ms. Yingling Reads: Books for middle school students, especially boys: Adventure, fantasy, historical, humorous, sports

    Through the Looking Glass: Children’s book reviews in a wide range of ages and genres

    The Well-Read Child: Middle-grade book reviews

    Book Twirps: Middle-grade reviews

    Bookworm Blather

    Great Books for Kids and Teens: A variety of ages and genres

    Mundie Kids Children’s Book Review Blog: Includes both picture books and middle grade

    My Brain on Books

    Middle Grade Mafioso

    Bookalicious: Reviews picture books, young adult, and middle-grade, but one click, and you’ve got middle-grade

    Jean Little Library: Everything from board books to young adult, but check the tags on the right for middle-grade fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction


    1. Jennifer Rumberger  •  Nov 15, 2012 @6:22 pm

      I would love to be part of your list here. I review middle grade and picture books – http://www.jenniferrumberger.com. Thanks!


      Jacqueline Houtman Reply:

      Thanks, Jennifer!


    2. Sue Cowing  •  Apr 18, 2014 @11:45 am

      A great and useful list, Jacqueline—thanks for putting it together!


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