I remember when I was younger, I would devour a book, turning each page with the excitement of not knowing what would happen next! I always felt so accomplished when I would close a book after reading the last page and hurriedly try to decide what world I should dive into next.
As I got older reading has seemed to fall to the wayside, along with a focus on self-care. Scouring the internet looking for ways to help relieve stress and anxiety I found that one of the biggest suggestions people have is reading. It allows you to escape to another world for a few moments in your day and is relaxing for most people.
So, in an effort to both focus on self-care this year and regain my love of reading, one of my 2020 goals is to read 12 books, one per month. I have several books that are on my “must-read” list this year, including a bunch of Disney reads which I figured I would share with you all if you’re looking to up your Disney knowledge and reading this year!
Below is my list of Disney reads, some that I’ll be rereading and others that I am checking out for the first time. In addition, I also have included a free download a “Beauty and the Beast” inspired bookmark that will add even more magic to your reading! Be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me, @karmankismet, so I can see what you’re reading!
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The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History
By Nathalia Holt
Nathalia Holt’s “The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History” tells the stories of the influential group of women who fought for respect in a male-dominated industry and paved the way for today’s animators.
By Ridley Pearson
“Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark,” book 1 of 7, follows a group of teenagers who are tasked with saving the Disney Parks from villainous powers.
By Ed Catmull
Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, shares his wisdom in leading, engaging, and supporting a successful team of people through sometimes chaotic times.
By Andrew Kiste
Andrew Kiste’s “A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World” looks deeper into the historical and cultural influences that inspired Walt Disney and the Imagineers when creating “The Florida Project,” giving readers a different appreciation for many of the park classics.
The Walt Disney World That Never Was: Stories Behind the Amazing Imagineering Dreams That Never Came True
By Christopher E. Smith
Visit the Walt Disney World that never came to be, as Christopher E. Smith unearths Imagineer’s plans that led to what we see today.
By Robert Iger
Robert Iger shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.
Straight On Till Morning: A Twisted Tale (Available February 4, 2020)
By Liz Braswell
Take a whole new journey to Neverland with Wendy, as she travels with Captain Hook in the hopes of once again meeting Peter Pan. Liz Braswell’s “A Twisted Tale” series includes other classic retellings such as Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, and more.
By Rolly Crump and Jeff Heimbuch
“It’s Kind of a Cute Story” is a tribute to the life and work of Rolly Crump, a legendary Imagineer who worked directly with Walt Disney on classics such as “It’s a Small World” and “Haunted Mansion.”
By David Koenig
David Koenig’s book brings readers to the start of the Disneyland story, with interesting, funny, and thought-provoking tales of the creation of the Happiest Place on Earth.
What Disney books are on your reading list this year? Let me know below!