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Seattle Area Librarians Talk About Summer Reading

It’s Memorial Day Weekend! (Well, almost…) And you know what that means. That’s right. Summer reading! Nicole Porter, Children’s Services Librarian at Belleuve, Lake Hills and Crossroads Lib...
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Interview and Giveaway with Pura Belpré Honor Author Alexandra Diaz

  Alexandra Diaz is the author of The Only Road, a Pura Belpré Honor book and Américas Award winner, which she also co-translated into Spanish, El único destino. She is also the author of th...
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Words and Music

Since today is National Buy an Instrument Day, we’re tooting the horns of middle-grade books featuring musical kids, as well as some great biographies. There is so much comedy and drama buil...
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Our Mighty Girls (and a mighty giveaway, too)

Last month fellow MUFer Sarah Aronson and I were happy to learn that a panel we proposed for this year’s National Council of Teachers of English (aka NCTE) was accepted. The topic is “Our Mi...
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Wet and Windy: Books about Boats and the Water

“The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat…” Ogden Nash My husband and I have been rather fixated on boats lately; we’ve spent the past several weeks shopping for wh...
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The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: An Interview with Avi

As a big fan of other novels by Avi like Crispin: The Cross of Lead and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, I was thrilled to get to read an advance copy of The Unexpected Life of Olive...
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Middle Grade Books For Military Appreciation Month

May is National Military Appreciation Month, a time for all of us to reflect upon the historical impact of the military, and honor those who served or are currently serving in the armed forc...
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The Blurred Line Between MG and YA

It’s easy to tell that some books are middle grade novels at first peek—and the same goes for some young adult novels. But a bunch of them feel like they’re somewhere in the middle of MG and...
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Five Worlds Winner

The winner of our giveaway of the new graphic novel “Five Worlds” is Cincylibrarian! Congratulations, and thanks to all who entered.
From the mixed-up files of · 2W ago

My Middle-Grade Summer Must List!

Hello Mixed-Up Filers! Hope all of you are doing well and have been enjoying all the recent posts as much as I have! I know some of you are reading this and saying, “Whoa, Jonathan . . . wha...