‘Kingdom Keepers V’ Pre-Release Signing at Walt Disney World

'Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game' by Ridley PearsonOn Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30, guests at the Walt Disney World Resort will have the opportunity to meet author Ridley Pearson and purchase a signed copy of his latest book, Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game’ days before its official release in stores on April 3, 2012.

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‘Kingdom Keepers 5: Shell Game’ Cover Preveal, Chapter One Preview Available Friday

'Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game' by Ridley PearsonVia his Twitter account, ‘Kingdom Keepers’ series author Ridley Pearson announced that the cover for his anticipated fifth entry in the series, Shell Game, along with chapter one will be officially released tomorrow on the official Facebook page. The cover will debut at 10 am ET while the first chapter will be released at 5 pm ET. The book, currently available for pre-order, will be released on April 3. The cover, presumably seen here, was actually posted on Ridley Pearson’s website for a few weeks prior being pulled in favor of a big reveal (special thanks to @urakan for providing the image).

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Stan Lee to Narrate More Marvel ‘Origin’ Apps for iOS, Available in February

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today that two more storybook app titles based on the original Marvel Origins series will join ‘The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story‘ app, which launched last month. The new titles, both narrated by comic book legend Stan Lee, include ‘Avengers Origins: Hulk’ and ‘Avengers Origins: Assemble!’ which will be available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch in February 2012.

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New Pixar ‘Toy Story’ Comics Coming from Marvel in 2012

'Toy Story' #1 from Marvel Comics and Disney PublishingMarvel Comics today announced that it has joined forces with Disney Publishing to produce a new limited series of comics based on Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story. This will be the first new issue of a title previously produced by BOOM! Comics who no longer have the Disney license.

‘Everyone loves Toy Story, so we’re excited to team with our friends at Disney/Pixar to bring readers all new stories of our favorite characters from these blockbuster films,’ said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. ‘Toy Story allows us to bring great new material to the market that’s not only perfect for kids, but also a great read for fans of all ages. What’s next for Woody and Buzz in these stories? We can’t wait for you to find out!’

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Disney Publishing Launches ‘Disney Reads’ Social Media Hub

Disney Reads 'Season of Giving' ContestDisney Publishing Worldwide has launched ‘Disney Reads,’ a new social media hub that will be your go-to place for the latest news in the world of books, magazine, comics, digital app and much, much more.

Through its Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels, fans will get first access to news, contests, quizzes, polls, giveaways and fan-generated content.  ‘Disney Reads’ will also showcase backstage segments from author events, feature exclusive downloadable goodies and other fun Disney fan content.

Fans of the Facebook page can also enter to win two ‘Disney Reads’ Gift Pack assortments — one to keep and one to give (approximate retail value of $700).

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‘FamilyFun Kids’ Magazine Launched by Disney Publishing Worldwide

'FamilyFun Kids' from Disney Publishing WorldwideDisney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, today announces the launch of FamilyFun Kids, a new, bi-monthly magazine that encourages kids’ creativity with hands-on crafts, skill-building recipes, imaginative games, brainteasers, and puzzles. The magazine, geared to 6- to 12-year-olds, is created by the staff of Disney FamilyFun magazine, which millions of moms turn to each month for creative family ideas. Like its parent magazine, FamilyFun Kids is packed with fun things to read, but is also specifically designed to be a tactile, interactive experience for children with pages they can cut, fold, tear out, and decorate.

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‘Disney Junior’ Magazine Now Available from Disney Publishing Worldwide

'Disney Junior' Magazine from Disney Publishing WorldwideIn early 2011, the Disney Channel debuted Disney Junior—a brand that invites parents and caregivers to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical, and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating learning and development themes for young children.

Now, families can take these familiar characters and stories off-screen! Disney Junior, a new magazine for preschoolers, is full of magical stories and playful activities featuring favorite Disney Junior characters. Children aged 3 – 5 can join their favorite pals as they play games, solve puzzles, and learn about helping, celebrating, and sharing.

Disney Junior magazine includes:

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Marvel Sends ‘Prep & Landing’ Crew to Avengers Mansion in Comics Crossover

'Prep & Landing: Mission: Impossible' from Marvel ComicsThere’s very little doubt that Tony Stark and the rest of The Avengers are on the nice list this year, so it makes perfect sense that the popular duo of Wayne and Lanny from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Prep & Landing’ animated special perform their most daunting task to date: Avengers Mansion.

Marvel will be publishing the first issue of the new crossover series on November 16, according to the official Facebook page of Walt Disney Animation Studios, who also provided a sneak peek.

'Prep & Landing: Mission: Impossible' from Marvel ComicsThe issue is subtitled ‘Mansion: Impossible,’ although we’ll probably be calling it ‘Mission: Impossibelf’ just because.

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‘Star Wars’ Author Timothy Zahn to Offer Signing at Walt Disney World, October 14

'Heir to the Empire' 20th Anniversary Edition by Timothy ZahnOn Friday, October 14, 2011, noted author Timothy Zahn will be on hand to sign his latest Star Wars novel, Choices of One as well as the 20th anniversary edition of the best-seller, Heir to the Empire.

Zahn will be at The Writer’s Stop located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 1 – 3 pm. As always, theme park admission is not included and items must be purchased at the event (no personal items).

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Website Details ‘Olympian Week’ Events for ‘The Son of Neptune,’ Offers Excerpt

'Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune' by Rick RiordanA new website launched by Disney Publishing Worldwide offers new details on the week-long celebration for celebrated author Rick Riordan’s second entry into the Heroes of Olympus series, The Son of Neptune, available October 4 and now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

In addition to listing the events to take place during the book’s first week, OlympianWeek.com also details two pre-week events, taking place October 1 and October 2 in New York City and Los Angeles respectively.

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