December 7, 2018

8th Annual Nerdy Awards: The Nerdy Awards highlight great books that didn’t get a lot of critical acclaim or attention from major book awards. What books have you loved most over the year?  Nominate your favorite book of 2018 here. 

KidLiteracy, Inc. is a new nonprofit dedicated to providing books, author/illustrator/entertainer visits, and MORE for schools. What’s extra cool about it? One of the great writers behind it is our own Jen Swanson, who also leads our STEM Tuesday team. Many details still to come, but we at Mixed-Up Files want to congratulate Jen on her great new project.

Heather Murphy Capps
Heather Murphy Capps has always had a deep appreciation for comfort and elegance. She and Claudia would have run out of money quickly together but would absolutely have been on the same page about taxis and nice restaurants. And of course, solving mysteries about beautiful art. That said, Heather also appreciates Jamie’s love of complication, which is why she spent several years living in rural Kenya and then became a television news reporter, which involved standing for hours in the middle of hurricanes and political battles. Now she’s raising middle grade readers and writing for them. She loves to read and write books with lots of great science, magic, mystery, and adventure. Heather is an #ownvoices author and committed to creating more diversity in publishing.