Way back in 2009 when I was first learning Django, I found James Bennett's book Practical Django Projects really useful, and learned Django by following along and setting up a Coltrane blog.
In a similar way, Django by Example leads you through 4 example projects. As well as getting to know Django, you'll use other technologies like Redis and Celery, and Django apps like Django Rest Framework. In particular, I enjoyed the chapters on Celery and Internationalization.
Until this Friday Januay 8, the eBook is on sale on the Packt website for only £4 or $5. Go grab a copy!