Sunday, January 27, 2013


Who is PEN & INK?

From the blog's About Us page:

Four writers.
Four perspectives.
Four members of SCBWI.

The four writers of PEN & INK are Susan Berger, Lupe Fernandez, Hilde Garcia and Kris Kars. Recently Catherine Lee also came on board. They all have SCBWI (The Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators) in common and theirs is a popular blog among other members, particularly those in the Los Angeles area.

What do they blog about? A little bit of everything. Many of their posts discuss issues relating to the writing of children's literature including process, the industry, author interviews, reviews and so forth. It's a great place for an inside look at the children's book world and for getting acquainted with SCBWI.

PEN & INK is not considered a review blog, so they do not accept books for review.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


This week we're spotlighting MOTHER DAUGHTER (& SON) BOOK REVIEWS run by mother/daughter team Renee and Danielle. What is so cool about this blog? Lots of things!

First, they have an extensive list of reviews listed by title and/or author. Second, they host a monthly giveaway! For the month of January, they are giving away a $15 gift card to the Book Depository. All email subscribers are automatically entered into the drawing. (Click HERE to subscribe.)

Third, Mother Daughter Book Reviews invites guest reviewers on a regular basis, so readers have a chance to meet other contributors as well. And finally, MDBR is the host of KIDLIT BLOG HOP, where blogs connect their reviews in a convenient location to make it easy for readers to find them all.

If you're looking for an awesome resource of current blog reviews of children's books, Mother Daughter Book Reviews is a great place to start!

Please note that they are not currently accepting books for review.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


So, who is Shannon Messenger?

Shannon is the power behind the amazingly popular blog RAMBLINGS OF A WANNABE SCRIBE, only as of 2012 she's not 'wannabe' any more. Her debut middle grade novel, Keeper of the Lost Cities hit the shelves last year, and it's sequel Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile, comes out this October. She is also the author of a young adult book, Let The Sky Fall, which come out in March.

  Shannon is best know in the blogosphere for spearheading MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY, a weekly gathering of blogs who post reviews, spotlights and/or giveaways of middle grade books. MMGM has proven to be a fantastic resource, not only connecting bloggers with each other, but allowing readers to discover new middle grade titles and blogs they didn't know about before.

In addition to MMGM, Shannon posts regularly on her blog about her journey as an author and occasionally posts book reviews (usually on Mondays, of course!) Her cheerful disposition really shines through her posts and she has a real knack at bringing people together and building community. From her bio: "Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people."

You can follow Shannon via Google Friend Connect, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads or Tumblr.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


To kick off the New Year, MIDDLE GRADE MANIA is proud to spotlight a popular review blog, CHARLOTTE'S LIBRARY.

Charlotte began blogging in 2007 and has a strong and loyal readership. Her blog focuses on the fantasy and science fiction genres. She maintains lengthy lists of reviews according to sub-genres: historical fantasy, time travel, multi-cultural, etc. Charlotte is a former and current panelist for CYBILS (Children's & Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards).

My favorite part of CHARLOTTE'S LIBRARY is her Sunday Middle Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction Round-Up where she posts links to other blogs reviewing middle grade sf/f titles that week.

Her review policy states that she is open to receiving sf/f titles for review but does NOT review e-books. She does at times consider self-published titles. You can read Charlotte's most recent post HERE