Oh MG News

Mixed Up Files Makes Top Children’s Blog List

Congratulations to us!!

Thanks to our loyal and fabulous readers, From the Mixed-Up Files … of Middle-Grade Authors has been voted one of the Top 100 Children’s Book Blogs on the web.

We’re so excited and proud to be here … but of course, it takes a village. Our amazing team of contributors, our steadfast readers, and of course the middle-grade community and all of us who love, read, write, teach, publish, and circulate middle-grade books are the engine that makes it all run.

We’re so excited to see what this new year brings.

5th Anniversary for We Need Diverse Books

Happy Birthday to WNDB! Five years ago, Ellen Oh created We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) to push the publishing industry  “to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”

Since then, the non-profit has evolved from a small start-up and Twitter hashtag to a much larger organization that offers both activism on diversity in publishing and support for diverse authors. Their slogan, “Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book” reflects today’s emphasis on all children – ensuring a wealth of books for all communities that features every community.

WNDB has also worked with Penguin Random House to publish several anthologies:  Flying Lessons and Other Stories (2017) and Fresh Ink (2018)—and nowThe Hero Next Door, which just published on July 30 and includes the work of MUF’s own Suma Subramanian.

Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” — Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

MUF mourns the passing of Toni Morrison, leading 20th-century American writer, teacher, editor and the only African-American laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature.