Disney Authors Head To nErDcamp 2017!

School may be out but nErDcampMI was in session earlier this week when nearly 1,400 teachers and librarians, and 1,000 eager young students descended on Parma Michigan’s Western High School for two days loaded with learning and fun. The event hosted DBG authors: Minh Lê (Let Me Finish), Ryan T. Higgins (Mother Bruce, Be Quiet), Shelley Johannes (Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker), Anica Mrose Rissi (The Teacher’s Pet), Matthew Cordell (Bob, Not Bob, Dream), along with recent Geisel Award recipient Laurie Keller (We Are Growing!) and many more.

The two day event was put on by The Jackson County Intermediate School District and was split up into two portions, nErDcamp for educators and librarians, and then nErDcamp Jr. for young readers simply not content to stay home without a book all summer, followed by a formidable 5K walk/run marathon. Some local press was on hand to capture the event and you can click here to read their report or head to the official nErDcampMI website for more info on next year’s program.



DBG Takes Home 4 Youth Media Awards At ALA Midwinter 2017


Last week DPW received four ALA awards during the annual American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference and Monday’s presentation of the Youth Media Awards. It was a busy couple of days and we could not be more thrilled and thankful for the medals we were awarded:

All of our winners were added to the ALA Notable Books list. In addition to those listed above three more DBG titles were selected for the list:

  • Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Ron Husband
  • What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
  • The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

And to top it all off two of our books were named to the 2017 Rainbow Book List:

All in all it was a great conference, (and maybe one we’re still recovering from a week later) Be sure to check out all the supplemental material available to educators and librarians on the titles above right here and keep an eye out for our next stop at TLA this spring.