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.

Apollo Alert! See The Cover For The Burning Maze Now!

A new year means a new adventure with Apollo, but while The Trials of Apollo Book 3: The Burning Maze might not hit shelves until May 1st, Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on what’s to come with an exclusive Uncle Rick Q&A, the first look at the stunning John Rocco cover, and an excerpt from the books opening chapter that already has us itching for more.

Click here to see for yourself! Than check out 5 THINGS WE JUST LEARNED ABOUT THE BURNING MAZE over on  ReadRiordan.com, and make sure you load up on all the Riordan related Educator Guides for all the classroom discussions you can have while you wait for Book 3.

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Apollo must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. Thanks a lot, Dad. With the help of some demigod friends, Apollo managed to survive his first two trials. The first at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know… 

DBG ‘Best of 2017’ Roundup!

Wow! 2017 is officially in the books, and not only did you read many of our great releases from the past year, you liked them enough to include in your own “Best of” lists before turning the page to 2018! From the Goodreads Choice Award’s to Kirkus Best Books of 2017 we are incredibly grateful to all the DBG fans and readers out there. Check out the list below and see what titles might make an excellent addition to your classroom or library in the new year!

 

THE ADVENTURERS GUILD by Nick Eliopulos and Zack Loran Clark

  • Kirkus Best Books of 2017: Middle Grade, selection

 

BEATRICE ZINKER, UPSIDE DOWN THINKER by Shelley Johannes

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Ages 6-8

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: LOST IN A BOOK by Jennifer Donnelly

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nomination
  • Indigo: Best Teen Books of 2017

 

BE QUIET!

  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Picture Book of 2017, nomination

 

 THE BONE SPARROW by Zana Fraillon

  • Carnegie Medal, honor
  • CCBC Choices “Best of” 2017 list, selection
  • Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group: Notable Books for a Global Society 2017, winner

 

BUG ZOO by Disney Book Group

  • ILA-CBC’s 2017 Children’s Choices List, selection

 

CLICK’D by Tamara Ireland Stone

  • 2017 NCIBA Middle Grade Book of the Year, nominee & long list

 

 THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING by Alexandra Bracken

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection

 

DREAM by Matthew Cordell

  • FIT PREGNANCY Best Books of 2017

 

ELIZABETH STARTED ALL THE TROUBLE by Doreen Rappaport and Matt Faulkner

  • 2017 Amelia Bloomer List, selection

 

THE END OF FUN by Sean McGinty

  • 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice

FEMINIST BABY by Loryn Brantz

  • 2017 Amelia Bloomer List, selection
  • FIT PREGNANCY Best Books of 2017

 

FROM PERCY JACKSON: CAMP HALF-BLOOD CONFIDENTIAL by Rick Riordan

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection

 

THE GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON by Cherise Mericle Harper

  • PDX MONTHLY, Oregon’s Best Childrens Books of 2017 

 

A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe

  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Young Adult Fiction of 2017, nomination
  • Indigo: Best Teen Books of 2017
  • CHARLOTTE OBSERVER Year’s Best Books for Young Readers 2017
  • Teen Choice Book Award 2017, nominee

 

LOCKWOOD & CO., BOOK FIVE: THE EMPTY GRAVE by Jonathan Stroud

  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nomination

 

MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD, BOOK 3: THE SHIP OF THE DEAD by Rick Riordan

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Ages 9-12
  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nomination
  • Audible Best of  2017

 

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN by Jason Reynolds

  • NPR Best Book of 2017

 

 NANETTE’S BAGUETTE by Mo Willems

  • 2017 Booklist  Youth Editors’ Choice

 

 THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein

  • Kirkus Best Books of 2017: Middle Grade, selection
  • NPR Best Book of 2017

 

QUINNY & HOPPER by Adriana Brad Schanen

  • 2016-2017 Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award, selection

 

RISE OF THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nominee

 

RULES OF THE HOUSE by Mac Barnett

  • 2017 Comstock-Gág Read Aloud, honor
  • ILA-CBC’s 2017 Children’s Choices List, selection

   

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Ages 9-12
  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection

 

 SPINDLE by E.K. Johnston

  • CCBC Choices “Best of” 2017 list, selection

 

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: COBALT SQUADRON by Elizabeth Wein

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection

 

STEAMBOAT SCHOOL by Deborah Hopkinson

  • 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice
  • 2017 Oregon Book Awards finalist
  • 2017 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Books for Younger Children, winner

 

 THE THANK YOU BOOK: An Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willems

  • CBC’s 2017 Children’s Book Choice Award K-2nd Grade, finalist
  • ILA-CBC’s 2017 Children’s Choices List, selection

 

A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnston

  • OLA/Forest of Reading 2017 “White Pine Award”, winner

 

THE TRIALS OF APOLLO, BOOK TWO: THE DARK PROPHECY by Rick Riordan

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nomination

 

WELCOME: A MO WILLEMS GUIDE TO NEW ARRIVALS by Mo Willems

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Baby to Age 2

 

 WILDMAN by J.C. Geiger

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
  • Notable YA Covers of 2917, The Casual Optimist: Books, Design and Culture