Reading Disney: A Look at the Book BinWhit Honea
We’re a family of readers. It’s what we do. In fact, we have so many books that we use them for furniture — and I mean that in the best way possible. We’re book people.
We also love Disney, and as such we are always interested in finding more books with stories about our favorite Disney characters. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to stumble upon the Book Bin section of the Disney Store website.
The Book Bin is, according to the site, a Magical journey of pages for all ages! And they’re right. I was pleasantly surprised with the selection of books that they carry — so much that I felt inspired to share the information with you. You’re welcome.
The Disney Book Bin offers something for everyone (see, all ages), and while many of the titles are readily available at your local bookstore — tales from popular Disney Channel and Disney Junior shows to Golden Book adaptations of hit films and adventures from Marvel, all the good stuff that my family loves — there were a few books I had never seen before.
Consider this my holiday shopping list:
Walt Disney Animation Studios Archive Series Book 1 of 12
If that doesn't say "read me" I don't know what does.
From the website: This lavish showcase of brilliant Disney story artwork is a must-have for collectors, artists and Disney fans. The art is displayed in its full glory with notes, flaws and hole punches that were so much a part of the story development process.
The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Book 2 of 12
This is the one that started it all, and the story looks wonderful.
From the website: The Fairest One of All is filled with amazing art and concept sketches. With a Foreword by Diane Disney Miller, this fascinating book is published in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Pixar Treasures Book 3 of 12
One of my favorite things about Pixar is that even before they were part of Disney they were inspired by Disney, and the whole thing is kind of circular at this point.
From the website: Filled with unique removable keepsakes, The Pixar Treasures is an essential collector's item. Follow as animators inspired by Walt Disney films turn their interest in computer animation into an incredible animation studio.
Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men Flip Book Set 4 of 12
I'll admit, this is the collection that first caught my eye. What a fantastic tribute to the Nine Old Men!
From the website: Each flip book features an iconic scene from an animated Disney feature in its original line-drawn form, paying tribute to Walt Disney's original animators known as the Nine Old Men.
Art of the Disney Princess Book 5 of 12
This isn't just gowns and tiaras, although those are in there, too, but rather some new looks at your traditional favorites.
From the website: Disney artists, designers, illustrators and animators from around the world have reimagined their favorite Disney princesses to bring you magical works in watercolor, pastel, oil, colored pencil, mixed media and computer graphics.
Designing Disney Book – Imagineering and the Art of the Show 6 of 12
Nobody does "the show" better than Disney, and as such this book promises to be both interesting and educational (I love it when that happens!).
From the website: Explore the magic behind Disney visionary John Hench's great discoveries. In the Art of the Show, one of three Designing Disney: Imagineering books by Hench, you'll discover what makes the Disney Parks work so well.
Poster Art of the Disney Parks Book 7 of 12
I am a sucker for Disney Park poster art. We have a few of them framed in our house, and they are always a hit with company and even some people we didn't invite over.
From the website: Beginning with Disneyland's first poster in 1956, this collectible book is filled with reproductions of posters from every decade throughout every Disney Park. From Park to Park, the spirit of Disney storytelling ties them all together.
Building a Dream The Art of Disney Architecture Book 8 of 12
Fun fact: I have been fortunate enough to enter the building pictured on the cover of this book on several occasions, and it never gets old. Seriously, how cool is that?
From the website: Go inside some of the world's most iconic structures to discover the stories and ideas that created them. This redesigned follow-up to Building A Dream, is a must-have for architecture admirers, as well as Disney fans.
Walt Disney’s Tips on Animation Book 9 of 12
The New Amsterdam: The Biography of a Broadway Theatre Book 10 of 12
I am embarrassed to say that I haven't seen any of the Disney Broadway productions, although I have seen Aladdin at Disney California Adventure, and that's pretty awesome. This book details the amazing history of what is now the flagship theater for Disney Theatrical Productions.
From the website: The New Amsterdam: The Biography of a Broadway Theatre Book provides a compelling overview of the theater from its beginnings with Ziegfeld through its painstaking and comprehensive restoration.
Be Our Guest Book – Perfecting the Art of Customer Service 11 of 12
Nobody does customer service like Disney, and this book lets us see behind the curtain!
From the website: Discover the business behind the magic of quality service from Disney Institute, which specializes in helping professionals see new possibilities through concepts not found in the typical workplace.
Reflections in the Wood Book – Winnie the Pooh 12 of 12
The wisdom and fluff of Winnie the Pooh creates the perfect combination of sweetness, humor, and nostalgia. It's innocence, melancholy, and a silly ol' bear.
From the website: This beautiful, sophisticated coffee table book showcases Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred-Acre Wood friends. Four stories are accompanied by full-color artwork, poems, quotes and "Pooh-isms," making it a treasured gift for any Pooh fan.
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