Middle Grade Magic 2019

A Virtual Event Dedicated to Middle Grade Literature


Join School Library Journal for our inaugural Middle Grade Magic virtual summit, a day-long celebration and exploration of one of the burgeoning and most important – areas of publishing for young readers: literature for children ages eight through 12 – and beyond! Author talks, panel discussions, and librarian-led sessions will take a deep dive into the books, authors, and themes that define excellence for upper elementary and middle school readers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, hear about forthcoming titles, and receive prizes and giveaways.

Middle Grade Magic is a free, completely virtual conference – no traveling, no cost, AND you will be able to earn CE credits for all the webcast sessions you attend. Register now, and we look forward to ‘seeing’ you on March 27th. 

Can't make the live date? No problem! The entire environment will be archived and available for up to three months.


Sponsored by

Penguin Random House and Random House Children's

Abrams Andrews McMeel Annick Press Candlewick Press
Diamond Book Distributors Houghton Mifflin Junior Library Guild Little, Brown

Running Press

Our awesome speakers will be announced soon!

The Exhibit Hall opens at 10:00 AM ET, and the webcast sessions begins at 11:00 AM ET. Check back for details on session topics and times!



  Abrams was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. Under the imprint Amulet Books, the company publishes novels, graphic novels, and nonfiction for young adults and middle-grade readers from a stellar roster of authors, including Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which now has more than 200 million copies in print, and the Newbery Honor books Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus, and El Deafo, by Cece Bell. Other highlights include Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series, Michael Buckley’s Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, Mac Barnett and Jory John’s The Terrible Two series, and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series.
Andrews McMeel
  Andrews McMeel Universal is distinguished by the uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of popular culture. Specializing in comics, illustrated humor, and inspirational content (think Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, and Doonesbury), our remarkable roster of talent includes dozens of New York Times bestselling authors and Pulitzer Prize-, Reuben Award-, and Emmy-Award-winning creators.
Annick Press
  Annick Press is one of the most innovative and relevant publishers of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. Annick is proud to have published award-winning titles that speak to issues young people deal with every day: relationships, diversity, bullying, addiction, self-image, and sexuality. Annick's young adult titles include historical fiction, non-fiction, and contemporary novels, which are frequently set outside of North America to offer readers a wider perspective on the world at large.
  Candlewick Press is an independent children’s book publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For twenty-five years, Candlewick has published award-winning children’s books for readers of all ages, including board books, picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, novels for middle grade and young adult readers, and e-books. Our imprints include Big Picture Press, Candlewick Entertainment, Candlewick Studio, Nosy Crow, and Templar Books.
Diamond Book Distributors
  Diamond Book Distributors (DBD) is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of its graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise available to bookstores, libraries, schools, mass merchants and more worldwide.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers includes a wide variety of award-winning, quality, hardcover and paperback books for children and young adults in all genres and formats including: board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, fiction, nonfiction, and reference.
  Junior Library Guild is the book review and collection development service that helps more than 23,000 libraries acquire the best new children's, young adult, and adult crossover titles for their collections.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers began publishing books for children in 1926. We publish a diverse, carefully curated list of the finest books for young readers of all ages and backgrounds. LBYR has the distinct honor of being the first and only publishing division to have won the Caldecott Medal, the annual award for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children, three years in a row. We have four imprints: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers publishes our core list of literary and commercial books, LB Kids produces novelty and licensed titles, Poppy is comprised of commercial titles for teens, and NOVL spans original digital content for teens. Our mission is to inspire a lifelong love of reading.
Penguin Young Readers Group
  Penguin Young Readers Group is a global leader in children's publishing, with preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Razorbill, Viking, Nancy Paulsen books, Kathy Dawson books, Price Stern Sloan, and Frederick Warner. Penguin Young Readers Group publishes books in all formats for children of all ages, including award-winning board books, picture books, novels, and nonfiction.
Random House Children's Books   Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for preschool children through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books and novels, Random House Children's Books brings together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series.
Running Press   Running Press Kids is a place where books come to play. Our close-knit, collaborative team aims to spark curiosity and creativity and to meet readers where they are with each book we create. We focus on design-driven, high-quality, fresh books for children and young adults that encourage engaged reading and exploration. We publish fun, playful, and inspirational board books; heartfelt, humorous, and diverse picture books; nonfiction that drives inquiry and wonder, along with a healthy dose of fun; and middle grade and young adult fiction that focuses on character-driven, relatable stories with real growth and self-discovery. Additionally, we are adept at working with licensors to create imaginative, fresh, and enduring books in novelty, activity, storybook, and other formats.


Register now! We look forward to 'seeing' you on March 27.

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