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Happy Holidays from Mascot Books!

As 2011 draws to a close, I wanted to personally extend holiday wishes to everyone in the Mascot family - our employees, our partners, our authors, and our young readers.     Working together, we've accomplished some great things over the past twelve months.  Our creative and talented authors wrote about timely issues that inspired, educated, and entertained young readers.  We're proud of this.  We're happy that so many authors entrusted Mascot to help bring their stories to life.  We're ... read more

Sleep Angel Sleep by Leanne Levett

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Tragedy at State College

Everyone at Mascot Books is saddened, disturbed, and angered by the recent happenings at Penn State.  First and foremost, our concern rests with the victims in this horrific case. Collegiate communities are of particular importance to everyone at Mascot Books.  We started the company eight years ago with a self-published children's book about my alma mater, Virginia Tech.  This book, inspired by my daughter, was the beginning of a publishing journey that has taken us to hundreds of campuses and ... read more

Mascot Talk Available Now!

  Hey, everybody. Mascot Talk, our new and exciting iPhone app, is finally here and available for download in the iTunes store. The reaction to the app has been overwhelming! We have some of the most popular mascots available right now, like Big Al, the Nittany Lion, Albert, Brutus, Hairy Dawg, Rameses … and of course, Mascot Books’ favorite, Hokie Bird! You can learn more about the app, watch a demo, and see all of the current mascots here: Mascot ... read more

Introducing… Mascot Talk!

Our first book - “Hello, Hokie Bird” – was written for my daughter, Anna, on the drive home from a Virginia Tech Hokies football game.  That marked the humble beginning of Mascot Books … and from there, we’ve gone on to publish over three hundred titles.  Some team-related, some not, but every one created with enthusiasm and passion. For some time now, we’ve been evaluating where to take our company next and what technologies might add value to our existing ... read more

Faith Nielsen: 2011 Mascot Books Author of the Year!

The Mascot Books Author of the Year award was designed to recognize an author who showed the most dedication to producing the highest quality story, a passion for the craft of writing, a commitment to entertaining and educating the reader through literature, and the motivation to convey a positive message or theme. Above all, we wanted to recognize an important member of the Mascot Books Family. When we got together to come up with the one author that exemplified these ... read more

Another Contest! The Mascot Books Fan Favorite Award!

If you’ve checked out our Facebook page or this blog recently, you know that we will be announcing the winner of our first ever Author of the Year award on Monday!  We’ve already chosen the Second, Third, and Grand Prize winners, and we’re very excited to announce them on Monday. The outpouring of support we have received on our Facebook page for this award has inspired us to create another contest. We are pleased to announce the Mascot Books Fan ... read more

First Annual Mascot Books Author of the Year!

The success of Mascot Books has been dependent on the creativity and enthusiasm of our authors this year more than ever!  We wanted to come up with an extraordinary way to thank them, so we are thrilled to announce that 2011 marks the inaugural Mascot Books Author of the Year Award. The Author of the Year Award was created to honor an outstanding member of the Mascot Books family. The field consisted of over 120 exceptional authors who’ve published their ... read more

What Drives You?

Like most of you out there, I’m often asked what “I do” wherever I go. Be it while getting a haircut or grabbing a coffee, or whenever small talk arises, I usually answer people by saying I’m a publisher or children’s book author – both are true.  However, there’s another thing “I do” that all self-publishers do, as well— produce and sell books for profit. Those who choose to self-publish are, by very definition, entrepreneurs. We are all entrepreneurs.  It’s ... read more

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About Naren Aryal

CEO, Author, and Publisher

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