Introducing New Series: We Need Diverse MG

From the Mixed-Up Files … of Middle-Grade Authors is excited to announce that starting October 21, we’re launching a new series:


We Need Diverse MG

Check out our series logo — designed by one of our newest contributors, Aixa Perez-Prado. Isn’t it amazing?

We Need Diverse MG will publish posts once a month and will be dedicated to celebrating, exploring issues, and promoting diversity in middle-grade books. We hope you will make our newest series appointment reading, and as always, we encourage you to reach out to us with questions, ideas, and comments:



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 the communications coordinator for Mixed-Up Files, as well as creator/curator for our We Need Diverse MG series. She is committed to creating more diversity in publishing.