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  • Steve Jenkins' Books: a Middle-Grader's Treasure
    Steve Jenkins’ Books: a Middle-Grader’s Treasure
    Author/Illustrator Steve Jenkins’ recent and sudden death surprised and saddened fans of his informative, engaging books about animals and the natural world Now is a good time to celebrate and enjoy the many books we have by him (they never go out of print) and to share them with young readers. I’ll speak of Steve here in the present tense, because he is still very much alive in his books, and there are more to come! Steve Jenkins’ career and  books combine in marvelous ways his life-long love and understanding of science, of art, and of children, how they think and wonder. He’s never lost his playfulness or his own childhood curiosity about the natural world. His book ideas often begin with an irresistible question that kids (including his own) have asked.  Or one that he has asked himself. How do different animals see? What do animals do on their first day? What animals are the stinkiest? What are tails...
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  • New MG Releases: January 2022
    New MG Releases: January 2022
    January 1, 2022 by
    WE MADE IT!! This past year was a tough one for many, but 2022 is wide open for hopeful days ahead and, of course, more books to keep us laughing and feeling, take us into the minds of different characters, and transport us to fascinating places and times. And there...
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  • Paired Texts: Inspired by Classics
    Paired Texts: Inspired by Classics
    December 20, 2021 by
    Need a last-minute gift idea for a middle grade bookworm? Or maybe you’re a teacher, librarian, or homeschooling parent on the lookout for some fresh literature lists or features for the new year? Consider pairing together a retelling, sequel, or inspired tale with the title that preceded it. Reading paired...
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  • MUF's Favorite Middle-Grade Reads of 2021
    MUF’s Favorite Middle-Grade Reads of 2021
    December 13, 2021 by
    To wrap up 2021, I asked the rest of the contributors at MUF what they enjoyed reading the most this year, whether they found a new title or rediscovered a favorite middle-grade book from years past. Here’s what they said: “My un-put-downable middle-grade read this year was THE GREAT WIDE...
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  • Author Spotlight: Daphne Benedis-Grab + a GIVEAWAY!
    Author Spotlight: Daphne Benedis-Grab + a GIVEAWAY!
    December 6, 2021 by
    Today, author Daphne Benedis-Grab chats about her latest middle-grade novel, I KNOW YOUR SECRET—out from Scholastic tomorrow, December 7–and shares her writing secrets. She also tells us all about her role as a public-school librarian (spoiler alert: she loves it) AND and there’s a chance to win a copy of...
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  • Book Spotlight: Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher
    Book Spotlight: Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher
    November 26, 2021 by
    It’s the time of the year to be grateful. Grateful for what we have in life. Grateful for communities like From the Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors. Grateful even though life sometimes throws us curveballs.  Life does throw us curveballs. Sometimes we hit the ball, most of the time we miss....
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