Summer is flying by! It seems crazy that only a few short weeks ago we were celebrating another year of amazing books at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Over 20,000 librarians, educators, authors, and industry professionals braved the sweltering heat to learn about the books to look forward to this fall, and to recognize favorite books from the past year.
At the Disney booth, we kicked off the weekend with a celebration of Unlimited Squirrels, the newest early reader series from Mo Willems. Fans were able to grab advanced copies of the first book, I Lost My Tooth!, snack on cupcakes and cake pops, and take home an Unlimited Squirrels toothbrush. We even had a “squirrely” photo op:
The rest of the weekend featured signings from some of our awesome authors, including Jen Lynn Barnes (Little White Lies), J.C. Cervantes (The Storm Runner), Leslie C. Youngblood (Love Like Sky), Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Mari Mancusi (The Once and Future Geek), Marilyn Singer (Have You Heard About Ladybird), LeUyen Pham (The Itchy Book), Matthew Cordell (Bob, Not Bob!), and Don Zolidis (The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig (A Love Story)). We also had plenty of galleys to give away, including the very popular Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel,
At our librarian preview, authors read excerpts from their upcoming work, treating listeners to everything from an edge-of-your-seat exciting passage from The Storm Runner, to a heartfelt scene between sisters in Love Like Sky, to a captivating sneak peek of Everlasting Rose, the much anticipated sequel to Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles.
And, of course, there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy the city and eat some excellent food!
Thanks to everyone who came to a signing or stopped by the booth! Can’t wait to see you again next year.