Let's Empower Our Girls to Follow Their Dreams with Disney Publishing!

As you know, I have a longstanding relationship with Disney Publishing that goes back almost a decade when I founded Picturing Disney photoblog when a social media manager took a chance on a new blog because "she really liked my passion for Disney and reading". I am lucky enough to still receive occasional books for review. The last two books I received, which are coming to book stores August 13th were storybooks written to 10 year old Mel. The stories of amazing girl animators took my breath away and I am so excited to share them with you.

A month ago, I received "Pencils, Pens, and Brushes: A Great Girls Guide to Disney Animation". This book is fantastic. My youngest daughter still likes to wind down at night with a good book. And although I am not longer needed to snuggle up with her and read her chapters from Narnia or Harry Potter, when I peak in her room to come tuck her in I still see the little girl from 5 years ago pointing to words she's figured out behind her book and glasses. She spent most of last year reading from Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls each night and I have been trying to find her something similar that had interesting and thoughtful (nonfiction) stories that would inspire her girl power. Disney just created this book for me!

Pencils, Pens and Brushes is based on the Disney Editions book "Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation" and each story is presented in a picture book. Mindy Johnson, who wrote the original also wrote this book and it showcases the unique personalities and accomplishments of amazing women who worked for Disney Animation over the years while somehow also having room for inspiring messages about never giving up and believing in yourself. If you have a young or tween or teen girl in your life, don't just "check this book out" do not hesitate-- preorder it now!

And as a supplement to the same genius empowerment from this book Disney is releasing a one of a kind unmatched look at the quintessential Disney artist in "Mary Blair's Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One of the Disney Legends". In the similar storybook format, this book showcases my daughters absolute favorite Disney artist and we sat and read it together, and then as a family around our fire pit! The story showcases how Mary loved color so much she practically collected it and how her "flair" caught not only Walt Disney's attention, but the whole world! And it is illustrated by Brittney Lee, who has worked on films such as Frozen and Zootopia!

Info from Disney Publishing

Title: Pencils, Pens, and Brushes: A Great Girls Guide to Disney Animation
Author: Mindy Johnson
Illustrator: Lorelay Bove
Ages: 8-12
Pages: 80
List Price: $18.99

Title: Mary Blair's Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One of the Disney Legends
Author: Amy Novesky
Illustrator: Brittney Lee
Ages: 6-10
Pages: 40
List Price: $17.99