May’s Featured Title: My First Book of Shona and Ndebele Words

May’s featured title is My First Book of Shona and Ndebele by Yeve C. Sibanda!“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me,” Author Yeve C. Sibanda quotes Kwame Nkrumah, the first president Ghana, calling for the need to celebrate, embrace, and learn about other cultures.In this colorful picture book, little readers will learn basic words in the two primary indigenous languages of Zimbabwe as they follow the daily adventures of Rufaro! My First Book of Shona and Ndebele serves as a powerful tool to introduce African cultures to children and to … read more

May Book Releases

Those spring allergies can be miserable, but luckily, we have new books to distract yourself from the sniffles and sneezes. From heartwarming picture books to gripping memoirs, enjoy our May releases below!Children’s Books Balloons for TigerBy Lori OrlinskyHow can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll … read more

Mascot Authors Publish Picture Books to Help Children Cope with Pandemic

Remote schooling, cancelled playdates, and an entire year of isolation made the world turn upside down for children.In this time, three Mascot authors decided to write picture books about the pandemic experience to help children process their difficult emotions, appreciate the rekindled unity and human spirit, and learn to be hopeful in some of the darkest days.Learn more from them below on why they wrote their book, what the publishing process was like on a timely schedule, and what their readers will take away from their books.Why did you decide to write your book?Erin Harrington, the author of : I … read more

Capitalizing on National Financial Literacy Month

There’s no better time to brush up on your financial smarts than during Financial Literacy Month! Whether you’re fresh out of college or getting ready for retirement, it never hurts to reflect on your savings and spending.We assembled some of our informative, accessible, and easy-to-understand financial books for those looking to find lifelong financial security, work toward a safe retirement, or move out of their parent’s basement. Find your roadmap to financial success!

Budgeting is a Breeze: A Stress-Free Guide to Financial FreedomBy Shelta HopkinsGetting what you want is never easy. However, if you budget your money right, you can … read more

April’s Featured Title: Melanin Brown Discovers America

April’s featured title is (drum roll please)… by Candice Davis!Melanin Brown is a very wise seventh-grader who witnesses a new student being bullied because of his beliefs. This situation makes her feel very uncomfortable, and she knows that the actions of those students are wrong. With the guidance of her parents and her experiences with teachers and friends, paired with her own desire to treat people the way she wants to be treated, Melanin learns to confront difficult situations and social constructs while simultaneously navigating her own sense of truth and justice.We chatted with Candice about how current events influenced her … read more

April Book Releases

The warm days are upon us this April, which means it’s time to get out in the sun with your next favorite read! Check out our new releases below because we have some special books waiting for you.Children’s BooksBy Marielle PariseauA speck of cinnamon and white fur, Billy did more than any mouse could have ever done. He helped Jeanne find her place in the countryside. He conquered her heart.

Based on the true story of a little deer mouse who lived in the author’s kitchen for nearly half a decade, Billy Braveheart is a tale of survival, courage, and friendship. … read more

All the Children’s Book Awards You Should Know About

You’ve put your heart and soul into your book and now you’re ready to get noticed. There are many children’s book awards that are waiting for your submission and range in terms of fees, categories, and significance. We organized a list of some of the most distinguished children’s award programs that you can enter, and win!Image Credit: Brands&PeopleSide note: Some of the deadlines for these awards have passed, but we hope this can be a reference for all future submissions.Book Excellence AwardsThe Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition that recognizes books for their high quality design, … read more

March Featured Title: untold: defining moments of the uprooted

This month, our featured title is edited by Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen! This remarkable collection of real stories explores the South Asian experience in the U.S., U.K., and Canada through the lens of identity, being, and relationships. Thirty-two emerging voices share deeply personal moments relating to immigration, infertility, divorce, mental health, suicide, sexual orientation, gender identity, racism, colorism, casteism, religion, and much more, all while balancing the push and pull of belonging to two cultural hemispheres. Every story sheds light on the authentic truths of living as womxn with hyphenated identities that have only been whispered – until … read more

Commemorating our Women Authors

Happy Women’s History Month! March is the month to honor the achievements of women, educate people on women’s equality, and shine a spotlight on women’s history. We admire and appreciate all of the women authors that we’ve worked with, and wanted to feature some of their books that highlight women’s issues, empower women and girls, and feature strong women characters. Thank you for your inspiration and ability to make positive changes through publishing!By Megan TouchtonAbout the BookWith the light of your heart, you’re determined to soar.

Your inner strength will guide you across every mountain and shore.Written in honor of strong … read more

March Book Releases

With spring just around the corner, we have new releases in full bloom! Maybe you’re looking for an endearing children’s tale or a spiritual memoir about miracles. Perhaps you’re more into sports books and want to read about the most intense college football rivalry. Either way, there’s a little bit for everybody with these new reads.Click on the book titles to be taken to their Mascot listing.Children’s Books By Paula MenefeeJoin the Bulldog as he spends a fun-filled day in Artesia, New Mexico. Follow the mascot as he tours the community on his way to the big game at the Bulldogread more