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About the Mixed-Up Files

From the Mixed-Up Files … of Middle-Grade Authors is a team of writers and readers of middle-grade books, and our goal is to celebrate and generate enthusiasm about books for 8-12 year olds.

Our History

Back in the spring of 2010,  when most book blogs were aimed at young adult readers, about 30 middle-grade authors teamed up to shine a light on younger readers as well.  Our hope was to create a home–a magical place–for anyone and everyone who loves books written for these readers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a resource for teachers, librarians, parents, kids, writers, and anyone with a passion for children’s literature.  We publish thoughtful, timely content: book lists organized by unique categories, author interviews, agent and editor interviews, market news, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of children’s books from writing to publishing and promoting. We also offer the STEM Tuesday and We Need Diverse Middle Grade series. 

To find out more about us, please visit our Author Bios.

MIXED-UP FILES MISSION STATEMENT

From the Mixed-Up Files is the group blog of middle-grade authors celebrating books for middle-grade readers. For anyone with a passion for children’s literature—teachers, librarians, parents, kids, writers, industry professionals— we offer regularly updated booklists organized by unique categories, author interviews, market news, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of children’s books from writing to publishing to promoting.

MIXED-UP FILES MEMBERSHIP GUIDELINES can be found here.

Please read the guidelines and see if there is an opening posted before emailing us about joining. Thank you!

NEW RELEASES ON MIXED-UP FILES

Authors, do you have a middle-grade book coming out in the near future? Send us an email at newreleases@fromthemixedupfiles.com with your name, title, and publisher, and we will include your title in our list of upcoming releases. All books must be published by a traditional publisher found on the SCBWI PAL publisher list. Fiction and non-fiction welcome.

Please allow us a one-month lead time. We also ask that you do not send ARCS or books for reviews since we do not post reviews on our site. However, we will gladly accept an ARC or book donated for one of our book giveaways.

BOOK DONATIONS

Would you like to donate a book for our giveaways? We will gladly take any middle-grade book published by a traditional publisher found on the SCBWI PAL publisher list. Fiction and non-fiction welcome. Please contact us at msfishby@fromthemixedupfiles.com with the book title, your name and email and a copy of the cover image, if possible. And thank you! We appreciate your willingness to help spread the word about great middle-grade books.

CONTACT US

Webmaster contact: msfishby @ fromthemixedupfiles.com.

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We send a special thanks to Wendy Martin (www.wendymartinillustration.com) for the header illustrations, and Bonnie Adamson (bonnieadamson.net) for the sidebar illustrations.