This Women’s History Month, we recognize the achievements of the women of Walt Disney Animation Studios. From inkers and painters, to sculptors, to concept artists, to animators and beyond, women have long been involved in bringing Disney’s animated films to life. Learn more about these trailblazing women from the following books.


By Mindy Johnson

This authoritative volume on the history of women animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios covers the often overlooked history of female artists and innovators who played an integral role in the development of animated films. Beginning in the Ink & Paint Department, where legions of female artists brought the pencil sketches of the animators to colorful life as they transferred the paper drawings to celluloid sheets, women soon were part of every discipline within animation production. Extensively researched with the full support of the entire Walt Disney Studios archival resources, plus a multitude of private collections, firsthand accounts, newly discovered materials, and production documentation, as well as never-before-seen photography and artwork, this essential volume redefines the collective history of animation.


By Mindy Johnson, Illustrated by Lorelay Bové

Pencils, Pens & Brushes

Mindy Johnson brings her illuminating research from INK & PAINT to a younger audience with this non-fiction picture book that highlights the lives and work of some of the trailblazing women who worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios. These amazing women achieved a lot of “firsts”: from the first woman to head a department in animation (helping to win high-profile awards) to the chemist who created the world’s first animation paint laboratory to the first woman to design famous Hollywood monsters. Their achievements have and continue to inspire generations of women to break down barriers in animation and the wider film industry.


By Amy Novesky, Illustrated by Brittney Lee

Mary Blair's Unique Flair

The stylishness and vibrant color of Disney films in the early 1940s through mid-1950s came primarily from artist Mary Blair. In her prime, she was an amazingly prolific American artist who enlivened and influenced the not-so-small worlds of film, print, theme parks, architectural décor, and advertising. This picture book biography, illustrated by a current visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, is a colorful introduction to the life and legacy of a legendary artist who left a lasting impact on Disney and animation.

Celebrating Black Authors

February is Black History Month, and while Black history should be a feature of curriculum year-round, it is an important opportunity to highlight the experiences of Black Americans, and to celebrate the contributions of Black innovators, artists, and visionaries, while also recognizing the violent history of systemic oppression and racism in the United States, which persists to this day. It is also an opportunity to center Black voices in the classroom, using books by Black creators.


Tristan Strong Medal            Tristan Strong Destroys the World

The Tristan Strong series, by Kwame Mbalia, is an action-packed adventure that centers a young Black boy. Still reeling from the recent loss of his best friend, Tristan accidentally punches a hole in the sky of another world, a world where African Gods and African American folk heroes exist, and he must deal with the consequences of the trouble he has unleashed.

In addition to covering themes familiar to kids the world over, including dealing with parental expectations, loss, friendship, anger, joy, fear, uncertainty, and finding one’s place in the world, the Tristan Strong series also incorporates concepts related to Black history, including the African Diaspora, the transatlantic slave trade, African and African-American mythology and folk stories, and the tradition of oral storytelling.

Incorporate Tristan Strong into your classroom using the educator’s guide, newly updated to include Book 2.

THE VOTING BOOTH by Brandy Colbert

The Voting Booth

An all-in-one-day love story perfect for fans of THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR about two first-time teen voters who meet at their polling place and overcome obstacle after obstacle in order to cast a ballot in a critical election. This book by an Black author featuring Black teens can be an important tool for discussions about widespread attempts to strip Black citizens of their voting rights.


            The Everlasting Rose

In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world. Written by Dhonielle Clayton, the founder of Cake Literary, a literary development company, and COO of We Need Diverse Books, this book features diverse characters and offers a commentary on beauty standards that is sure to spark discussion.

IT’S SHOE TIME by Bryan Collier

This lyrical beginning-reader by six-time Coretta Scott King award winner and four-time Caldecott honor recipient Bryan Collier turns the closet on its heel and redefines what it means to be a pair. Beautifully rendered art paired with rich, rhyming dialog creates a powerful reading experience.


When a twelve-year-old T’Challa is sent to Chicago to escape danger in Wakanda, he realizes that he might not be as equipped to handle life in America as he thought. Especially when it comes to navigating new friendships while hiding his true identity as the prince of a powerful nation, avoiding a menacing classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic, and coming to terms with the very different reality of life for Black boys in America.


Miles Morales is Spider-Man, but he is also just a teenager, dealing with crushes, parents, school, and trying to get by in a world where boys like him rarely get to be the hero. In addition to all of the action and humor that one can expect from Spider-Man, multiple award-winning author Jason Reynolds has created a nuanced hero struggling with his identity, and racism and injustice in society.

Find a discussion guide here.


Best-selling author Justina Ireland explores a new era in a galaxy far, far away: the High Republic. Set 200 years before the Skywalker Saga, when the Jedi were guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, this action-packed adventure finds a diverse group of young people fighting for their survival on an inhospitable planet when a journey to a new space station goes horrible wrong.

Congrats to What About Worms?!- Geisel Honor Book

At the 2021 Youth Media Awards, held during the annual ALA Midwinter meeting, this years winners for some of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature were announced.

Disney Publishing was fortunate to have one book selected for an award: What About Worms?!, by acclaimed authors Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems, was chosen as 2021 Theodor Suess Geisel Honor Book!

Downloadable Activity Sheets

Visit Disney Publishing at the NCTE Virtual Annual Convention

For the first time in its 110 year history, NCTE is going virtual. While we will be sad to miss seeing you all in person, we are so excited to still have this opportunity to connect.

Visit the Disney Publishing Worldwide virtual booth for a look at our recent and upcoming releases, grab some e-galleys, and download teacher’s guides and reproducible activity sheets to use in the classroom.

picture of NCTE booth in platform

We will also be hosting two in-booth author chats during the conference, so please stop by to connect with the authors, and ask them any questions you might have about their books or their writing process. The first is on Friday, November 20, from 2:00-2:20pm ET, with Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, and Kwame Mbalia, author of Tristan Strong Destroys the World. The second chat is on Saturday, November 21, from 3:30-3:50pm ET, with Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds series and the upcoming YA novel, Lore.

Also, look for our authors in the On Demand panels, which attendees can watch at any time during the conference. Picture book author and illustrator Ryan T. Higgins (We Will Rock Our Classmates) participated in the roundtable discussion for “How Pictures and Words Come Together,” and Kwame Mbalia participated in the panel “A Confluence of Readers and Writers: Connecting Students and Authors.”

We also participated in a Book Buzz that is scheduled for Friday, November 20, from 4:30-5:45pm ET. We will present an overview of our most anticipated titles for Winter/Spring 2021, along with several other publishers.

The school and library team will be in the booth during the exhibit hall hours, so feel free to stop by and ask us questions, or just say hi.

Spooky Reads for Halloween

Looking for a Halloween read-aloud even the most hesitant kid will enjoy? Or a recommendation for a teen who can’t get enough of gory slasher films? We have books for every kid, tween, teen, ghost, or witch that you may meet this spooky season. The jack-o’-lantern emoji indicates the book’s scare factor, on a scale of 1-5.


Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex

What scares Darth Vader? Certainly not monsters, witches, or ghosts, and especially not the dark. So what causes the most fearsome villain in the galaxy to cower behind his mask? Read on in Adam Rex’s hilarious and spooky Star Wars tale to find out.

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton

This picture book adaptation of the beloved movie, written and illustrated by creator Tim Burton, is perfect for bringing the story of Jack Skellington and Halloweenland to young fans and newcomers alike.



Disney Villains meets Goosebumps in this brand new chapter book series, where kids discover what happens when the dreams that they fear will come true, do. In Fiends on the Other Side, 12-year-old Jamal is about to find out why people say never to make a deal with the Shadow Man. Grab your night-light, dear reader, and prepare to be CHILL-ed!


In this chapter book series, Amicus Arcane, the resident librarian of the Haunted Mansion, shares spooky stories about the ghosts that roam the halls of his legendary home. What frightening fictions does this once-living librarian hold in store? And will you, foolish reader, be brave enough to listen to them all without going mad…or dying from fright?


A darkly delightful MG contemporary fantasy from New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family’s curse.

STUFFED by Liz Braswell

10-year-old Clark’s beloved stuffed animals protect him every night from the Monsters, but they face their biggest challenge yet when one targets Clark’s dad.


Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Fans of scary movies and horror legends will be reaching for this thrilling fantasy adventure based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona.



Fans of the classic Halloween movie will love returning to the world of the Sanderson sisters with this fresh retelling of the original movie, and an all-new sequel that finds the next generation of Salem teens fighting to save their town from the witches’ latest vile scheme.

EVIL THING by Serena Valentino

Evil Thing

The captivating seventh installment in the popular Villains series follows the rise and fall of the deranged and glamorous fan favorite, Cruella De Vil. If it doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will…

#NOESCAPE by Gretchen McNeil


In this twisty, campy horror novel set in the same world as teen favorites #MurderTrending and #MurderFunding, 17-year-old Persey enters an escape room competition. But when contestants start getting killed off, Persey must solve a series of bizarre and gruesome puzzles, riddles, and games, not just to win, but to make it out alive.

Disney Publishing at School Library Journal Day of Dialog


This year, SLJ’s Day of Dialog is going fully virtual, from panels to keynote talks, and yes, even an exhibitor’s hall.

Visit the Disney Publishing Worldwide virtual booth to learn more about recent and upcoming releases, snag eGalleys, and access our downloadable activity sheets and teacher’s guides.

We will also have a very special guest stopping by to chat and answer questions live in our booth: Sarwat Chadda, author of City of the Plague God. This forthcoming release from Rick Riordan Presents is the story of thirteen-year-old Sikander Aziz, who has to team up with the hero Gilgamesh in order to stop Nergal, the ancient god of plagues, from wiping out the population of Manhattan in this adventure based on Mesopotamian mythology.

City of the Plague God   

Sarwat Chadda will be chatting in our booth from 11:10-11:30 am ET, following his participation in the panel In The Midst of it All: Books for Middle Graders. This panel will take place from 10:05am-11:00am ET, and features four authors representing a range of genres discussing the challenges and rewards of writing for a middle grade audience.

We will miss seeing you all in person, but hope you will stop by and say hi!

And if you haven’t yet registered for this free event, there is still time. Visit the SLJ website here for more details and to sign up.


Fall & Winter Books Preview (Free Booklist Webinar)

Since we can’t travel to our usual conferences, to showcase all of our exciting new books and talented authors we decided to bring our preview to you—virtually!

We recently partnered with Booklist on a free webinar to highlight our new titles publishing this fall and winter, as well as offer a chance to hear directly from the authors about their books.

In this hour long webinar, we share the most anticipated upcoming titles across our imprints, from Disney Hyperion to Marvel Press to Lucasfilm Press. Included in the list are the latest books from Mo Willems, Eoin Colfer, Kwame Mbalia, and Alexandra Bracken, just to name a few of our amazing authors, as well as introductions to several brand new series we can’t wait for you to read.

To make things even more exciting, we asked a few of the authors to join in and share a little bit about what we can expect from their books. There are two panels during the webinar. The first panel features authors who are reimagining Disney stories in brand new ways. This panel is moderated by Julia Smith, Books for Youth senior editor at Booklist, and includes J.J. Gilbert, author of The Mouse Watch, Estelle Laure, author of City of Villains, Alyssa Moon, author of Delphine and the Silver Needle, and Emma Theriault, author of Rebel Rose. The second panel features authors from the Rick Riordan Presents imprint discussing their upcoming books. This panel is moderated by Stephanie Lurie, the editor of Rick Riordan Presents, and features J. C. Cervantes, author of The Shadow Crosser, Sarwat Chadda, author of City of the Plague God, and Kwame Mbalia, author of Tristan Strong Destroys the World.

To watch a recording of the webinar click here.

Disney Publishing Worldwide Book Sharing Permission License for Educators and Librarians


The below permission license from DPW is limited to our Disney Press imprint and does not include Disney-Hyperion. The copyright for most of our Disney-Hyperion titles live with each author, so please check their website and/or social media posts. Mo Willems has granted permission here, Ryan T. Higgins has granted permission here, and Rick Riordan has also granted his permission.

Back in February, DPW sold a number of titles to Hachette Book Group. Please double check the copyright of titles online and then send your requests (if applicable) to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

We are doing our best to keep up with the large volume of requests so we ask that you not email us to confirm any of the permissions we have listed here. If you do have other questions please send them to​

With the increase in school closures, and many schools transitioning to remote learning, Disney Publishing Worldwide has received numerous requests from teachers across the country asking for permission to post readings of books online for their students to access. We support the efforts of educators and librarians who wish to provide remote learning at this time. Our permission is limited to Disney Press titles.  If you are not sure which category a book falls into, please reach out to us at the following address:

We ask that if you read a Disney Press book online for your students that you follow a few short guidelines:

  • Please note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission from Disney Publishing Worldwide, and please note the title of the book.
  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another closed group or platform with limited access for your students only.
  • Please delete your video or disable access by June 30, 2021.
  • Please send an email to with your name, school, city, state, and the title and of the book(s) you read online with a link to your video.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above guidelines.
  • These terms are in effect until June 30, 2021.

Please note that other organizations interested in posting videos of your Disney Press title reading will need to contact who will evaluate their request.

Thank you for all you are doing.

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