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    Diversity in MG Lit #28 June: Summer!!
    June 16, 2021 by
    Friends, it has been a long and challenging year. I feel equal parts hope and exhaustion going into the summer break. Mostly I’m looking forward to being outside. I will be spending my summer going to wilderness to research my future stories. I’m so grateful for public lands and all the advocates who have made access to the wilderness possible. At the same time I’m keenly aware that wilderness spaces can feel very unwelcoming to some communities of color and very inaccessible to the disabled. We all need open spaces. People of every race and...
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  • June is PRIDE month
    Happy PRIDE Month
    June is PRIDE month, and we at Mixed-Up Files look forward to celebrating and amplifying voices from our friends and family in the LGBTQ + community. As always, books are a great way to create conversation and open up spaces for learning and community. Pride Booklists To start with, here’s an excellent book list. Newer Titles from 2020-2021 THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE (Abrans Books 2021), by Chad Lucas; ((Read Chad’s guest post on our series We Need Diverse MG here.)) KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES (Scholastic 2020), by Kacen Callender Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into...
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Booklists

  • My Desert Island Top Five
    My Desert Island Top Five
    June 11, 2021 by
    June is finally here. School is out (or almost out), and everyone is ready for a long, relaxing summer. This past year has got me thinking about summers when I was kid. Back then, summer vacation consisted of baseball games in the pasture, slip and slides, camping out in the...
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STEM Tuesday
  • Cover of The Wild World Handbook
    Diversity in MG Lit #28 June: Summer!!
    Friends, it has been a long and challenging year. I feel equal parts hope and exhaustion going into the summer break. Mostly I’m looking forward to being outside. I will be spending my summer going to wilderness to research my future stories. I’m so grateful for public lands and all...
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All About Middle Grade Books

  • Digging Into Journey Beyond the Burrow
    Digging Into Journey Beyond the Burrow
    June 14, 2021 by
    Hi Mixed-Up Filers! We dug into all kinds of nature topics with author Rina Heisel, author of the upcoming Journey Beyond the Burrow. MUF: Welcome Rina. Thanks for joining us today. I’m really excited to be talking to you about this book. Rina Heisel: Thanks. I’m excited to be here....
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For Teachers / Homeschoolers

  • Sea Otters
    STEM Tuesday — The Living Seas– Interview with Patricia Newman
    April 27, 2021 by
    Welcome to STEM Tuesday: Author Interview & Book Giveaway, a repeating feature for the last Tuesday of every month. Go Science-Tech-Engineering-Math! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Patricia Newman, award winning author of the newly released Planet Ocean.  Combined with Annie Crawley’s stunning photography, Patricia’s research provides an immersive...
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New Releases

  • June New Releases
    June New Releases
    June 2, 2021 by
    Summer is here! Finally. And so is a bookshelf full of new middle grade books to fill up your time. Kick back and enjoy this month’s new reads. There’s something for everyone.     Trillium Sisters 1: The Triplets Get Charmed by Laura Brown and Elly Kramer (Authors) Sarah Mensinga...
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For Writers

  • Magic Systems for Non-Magicians
    June 4, 2021 by
    I’ve been thinking about magic systems lately. To be more accurate, author Brandon Sanderson has spent a lot of time thinking about magic systems and lately, I’ve been thinking about how to apply his theories to other types of writing. Sanderson’s Laws are popular guides to writing in the fantasy...
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