Celebrate the Pigeon’s Birthday at ALA 2019

It’s almost time for ALA Annual 2019!

We can’t wait to spend the weekend with you in Washington, DC, celebrating libraries, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the 50th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Pigeon’s 16th BIRD-day. Yes, the Pigeon is finally sixteen. No, we won’t let him drive the bus.

Stop by Booth #1248 on Friday night to celebrate the Pigeon with us, and come by all weekend to pick up copies of new fall titles that we can’t wait to share with you!

We also have an incredible line-up of authors who will be signing books in the booth throughout the weekend. Honestly, if you are contemplating camping out next to the booth, we understand. It’s that good! Check out the full signing schedule below.

And, a special shout-out to Drawn Together, written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat, which is the recipient of the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Picture Book category, and Picture Us in the Light, by Kelly Loy Gilbert, which is a Stonewall Honor Book in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. We are so thrilled with the amazing recognition these books have received from ALA, and we can’t wait to celebrate them with all of you.

We hope to see you there!

ALA signing schedule

If you would like to download a copy of the schedule to print, you can find it here: ALA 2019 Signing Schedule

TLA 2019 is almost here!

We are so excited to be traveling to Austin to see all of you incredible Texas librarians!

We have a great line-up of authors and illustrators attending. Below, please find a list of author signing times, so be sure to mark your schedule and come get a copy of your favorite (or future favorite!) book signed. All signings will take place in the author’s signing area, unless otherwise noted.

We will also be hanging out in booth #2447, so please stop by and pick up galleys and book-related swag. We have some really awesome books coming out this fall that we are so excited to share with you all.

Looking forward to a great week!

If you would like to download a copy of the schedule to print, you can find it here: TLA 2019 Signing Schedule

Are you ready for NCTE 2018?

We are so excited to see all of you in Houston next week!

Please come visit us at our Disney Book Group booth (#412) to get books signed by our amazing authors, pick up galleys and fun book-related swag, and visit with a certain bear-y special guest! See below for the full in-booth singing schedule.

Our authors are also participating in all kinds of thought-provoking panels throughout the weekend. Be sure to check out the NCTE program for info on where you can see them speak.

If you would like to download a copy of the schedule to print, you can find it here: NCTE signing schedule

Civics in the Classroom

Election Day is coming up on November 6th! While your students may be too young to participate, it’s never too early to start learning about the history of democracy in the United States, or the importance of the vote. Here are 7 picture books that help teach young readers about everything from how we vote and why, to the responsibilities of the President.

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Blue Bears, Bruce Totes, and LOTS of Pie! ALA Midwinter 2018 Blew Us Away!

We’re back from another fantastic ALA Midwinter where over 5,000 librarians and industry professionals gathered February 9-12, 2018 in Denver, CO. Our booth featured current and upcoming titles, highlighting our multiple starred reviews and end of year lists. While our Bruce tote bags were once again a hit! And for the first time, we featured an Elephant & Piggie spinner rack, raffled off to one lucky attendee for their school or library!

Throughout the year, the AAP hosts publisher book buzzes with libraries across the country. On Thursday, February 8, DPW participated in this joint book buzz with the Denver Public Library. Close to 80 local librarians attended, and we highlighted some of our big Spring/Summer 2018 titles.

At every ALA Midwinter, DPW staff takes the stage to read excerpts from upcoming DPW titles for our Librarian friends . This year we had a special guest, author Minh Lê, reading his book Drawn Together. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he was done!

Big congratulations to all the authors, and publishers who took home this year’s Youth Media Awards, and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came by our booth during the show. We had a blast in Denver this year and can’t wait to do it again soon.

Join Us This Weekend at ALA Midwinter 2018!

Our first School & Library convention of 2018 is this weekend where we will be setting up shop at The American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Denver Colorado! We’ll be at booth #821 from when the doors open on Friday night until they turn off the lights next Monday following the ALA Youth Media Awards Press Conference.

On Saturday, February 10th Dina takes center stage at the conference’s Book Buzz Theater for the Joint Publisher Book Buzz at 12:30pm, and throughout the weekend we’ll be talking about books, giving sneak peeks at our upcoming titles and giving away as much swag as you can carry.

Galleys on hand include:  #Murdertrending, Aru Shah And The End Of Time, Captain Superlative!, Charlie & Frog, Little Do We Know, Neanderthal Opens The Door To The Universe, Picture Us In The Light, The Itchy Book, Thomas Paine And The Dangerous Word and many, many more. So make sure you come by and see us throughout the weekend to score Advanced Reader Copies of our upcoming 2018 releases!

Read Ch.1 Of THE BELLES And Go Behind The Scenes

We simply cannot wait for The Belles to hit shelves next month, and if the feedback we’ve been hearing from those of you who scored Advanced Reader Copies from us last fall is any indication, we’re not the only ones looking forward to Dhonielle Clayton’s first foray into Fantasy.

To help with all the waiting we wanted to throw the spotlight on this excerpt from the finished novel, and show off a short video from the Cover Shoot last year. February 6th can’t get here fast enough!

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles, or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.