DBG Comes To Atlanta Georgia For NCTE Conference


The National Council of Teachers of English annual conference is here and The School & Library Marketing team has The Disney Booth well stocked and ready rock in Atlanta Georgia this weekend. Some of your favorite authors will be stopping by Booth 113 and we’ll be hooking up attendees with some seriously awesome swag over the next four days (yes, we have the owl totes)

The full list of all things Disney Book Group at NCTE is right here. Take a look and be sure to come say hello if you’re in town this weekend:

Friday, November 18th

Exhibit Hours: 12:00—6:00pm

9:30am – 10:45am

Starting Off Right: First Literature Choices in the High School English Classroom

(Alan Sitomer)

Location: A410

11:00am – 12:15pm

Diversity 2.0: Continuing the Conversation (Ami Polonsky)

                Location: A302

1:30 – 2:30pm

                Author Signing: Ami Polonsky

                Location: Disney Book Group Booth #113

                Signing: Threads

2:30 – 3:45pm

Igniting Instruction- Round 1 (Alan Sitomer)

Location: A411

3:30 – 3:30pm

Author Signing: Heidi Schulz      

                Location: Disney-Hyperion Booth #113

                Signing: The Pirate Code

Saturday, November 19th    

Exhibit Hours: 9:00am—5:00pm

8:00 – 9:15am

Advocating for Picture Books at Every Grade Level (Cale Atkinson)

                Location: B214

10:00 – 11:00am

Author Signing: Deborah Hopkinson

                Location: Disney Book Group Booth #113

                Signing: Steamboat School

10:00 – 11:00am

Author Signing: Cale Atkinson

                Location: Disney Book Group Booth #113

                Signing: Explorers of the Wild

11:30am – 12:30pm

Author Signing: Jason Reynolds

                Location: Disney Book Group Booth #113

                Signing: Miles Morales Chapter Sampler

1:00 – 2:30pm

Author Signing: Alan Sitomer

                Location: Disney-Hyperion Booth #113

                Signing: Noble Warrior PB, Cage Warrior PB, Homeboyz PB and Hip-Hop High School PB

3:30 – 4:30pm

Author Signing: Rahul Kanakia

                Location: Disney-Hyperion Booth #113

                Signing: Enter Title Here

3:30 – 4:30pm

Author Signing: Robin Roe

                Location: Disney-Hyperion Booth #113

                Signing: A List of Cages GALLLEY

5:45 – 7:00pm

CLA Master Class 2016: Diverse Children’s Literature at the University (Chris Myers)

Location: Rm. B406

                Chair: Lauren Liang

Sunday, November 20TH     

Exhibit Hours: 9:00—1:00pm

7:00 – 8:45am

Children’s Literature Assembly Author’s Breakfast (Chris Myers)

Location: Rm. A412

                Chair: Donna Adomat

9:30 – 10:30am

Author Signing: Christopher Myers

                Location: Disney-Hyperion Booth #113

                Signing: My Pen

10:30 – 11:30am

Author Signing: Neal Shusterman

Location: Disney-Hyperion Booth #113

                Signing: Hawking’s Hallway

10:30 – 11:45am

Who Advocates for the New Teachers? (Alan Lawrence Sitomer)

Location: A411

1:30 – 2:45pm

Using Virtual Reality in the Secondary ELA Class: The Pedagogical Power of Standards-Based Ed Tech Merging with Traditional, Canonical Literacy    (Alan Lawrence Sitomer)

Location: B407

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Heads To NAEYC



This week the S&L marking team is on the road with best-selling authors Mo Willems, Dan Santat, and Laurie Keller for The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, taking over the Los Angeles Convention Center.

If you’re in sunny SoCal tomorrow (11/9) you can catch the entire Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! team at the convention where each author will be on hand to sign their books (including the recently released Nanette’s Baguette) and talk about this newest imprint from DBG. But you will need to be fast as this is one signing that is sure to go quick.

Check out the schedule here for the full info:


  • Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!
  • Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Hall 152


  • EPLR/Nanette signing
  • Location: Publisher Spotlight booth #1201


7 Stars for DBG Books in October

Seven was more than just a lucky number for DBG last month as our friends at School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Connection saw fit to award us with seven starred reviews for some of our biggest titles of the year. In case you missed it, here is a quick rundown of all the stars that shined so brightly in October 2016.


Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems (Reviewed by School Library Journal on Oct. 24th)

There is so much to discover and enjoy in this treat for eye and ear—even a hidden Pigeon. VERDICT For a storytime treat that children will devour, don’t miss this shopping trip.– Marianne Saccardi, Children’s Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA SLJ

Creeping Shadow, The

Lockwood & Co. Book 4: The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud (Reviewed by Booklist on Oct. 15th)

The wry first-person narrative is a pleasure, relating the story with an impeccable, understated sense of drama. Appearing at chapter headings, Adams’ dark, richly atmospheric, and often ghostly vignette drawings can make even a sandwich look downright sinister. Stroud’s scene setting and storytelling are second to none, but it’s his ability to create credible, idiosyncratic characters and relationships that makes avid fans of the Lockwood & Co. series.— Carolyn Phelan Booklist


A List of Cages by Robin Roe (Reviewed by Booklist on Oct. 15th and Kirkus on Oct. 1st)

A page-turner with a lot of compassion. Michael Cart SLJ

In her debut, Roe tells the story of a friendship between two young men who will linger in the thoughts and minds of readers long after the final page is turned… A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen.  – Kirkus


Bella’s Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde and Susan Gal (reviewed by School Library Journal on September 7th)

…Ripe apples and Delicious verb pairs such as “twirled and whirled,” “crinkled and crackled,” and “picked and plucked” and outstanding illustrations make this offering a treat for eye and ear. A first choice for fall units.– Marianne Saccardi, Children’s Literature Consultant, Greenwich, CT SLJ


Rules of The House by Mac Barnett and Matt Myers (Reviewed by School Library Connection on Oct. 1st)

Myers contrasts Jenny’s disheveled appearance and untidy surroundings with Ian’s neat, orderly clothing and belongings. This is an amusing cautionary tale with no preaching and just a bit of a scare. – MaryAnn Karre, Retired Librarian, Vestal, New York SLC


Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson and Ron Husband (Reviewed by School Library Connection on Oct. 1st)

This title joins the ranks of Deborah Hopkinson’s outstanding body of historical fiction picture books… A terrific read on its own, this title would be a wonderful addition to a civil rights unit or a character education collection.  – Leigh Russell King, School Librarian, Lincoln St. Elementary School, Northborough, Massachusetts SLC