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

 

 

New Teacher Guides From DBG

With winter break just around the corner now is the perfect time to stock up on Teacher Guides for 2018. Some of our recently released titles now have supplemental material perfect for your readers. The latest FREE Guides are available to download and great for lesson plans in the new year. Here are a few:

New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut. Click’d kicks off a new series perfect for tech savvy readers. The accompanying Teacher’s Guide offers Pre-Reading Activates, a Quiz, and even a primer on The Software Development Cycle.

The Cold War backdrop of L.M. Elliot’s Suspect Red puts McCarthyism dead center in the story’s plot. To help middle grade readers further explore this troubling chapter of American history the Suspect Red discussion guide aligns with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards (CCR) for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.

Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes, and Family by Diana López retells the story of Pixar Animation Studios’ latest film, as well as features original content expanding upon its rich, vibrant world and characters. The Educator’s Guide featuring Personal Response Questions, and Creative Activities, is the perfect addition.

The titles listed above are just a few of the recent additions to our growing library of supplemental material. You can find the current list right here on our Teachers and Librarians page. With more on the way as we get ready for an exciting 2018!

NCTE 2017 Recap!

We’re back from St. Louis! (And maybe still a little stuffed from Thanksgiving) where earlier this month we attended the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference along with thousands of teachers and school administrators from all over the world. As always NCTE proved to be a whirlwind couple of days. We are incredibly thankful to everyone who stopped by our booth to talk all things Disney Publishing related.

On Friday we kicked-off the convention with a special Miles Morales signing by author Jason Reynolds, making booth 427 the first stop for many eager attendees. Following that authors joined us right after their Funny, You Don’t SEEM Educational panel for another packed signing of Bob, Not Bob.

Jason Reynolds signs for fans Bob, Not Bob Signing

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