Announcing Mascot Books’ October Releases!

Mascot Books is very excited to announce our October releases! Check out what we’ve been up to the last few weeks: Hello, Sebastian!: Follow Sebastian around the campus of the University of Miami as he makes his way to the football stadium for the big game. Hello, Nittany Lion!: Follow Nittany Lion around the campus of Penn State as he makes his way to Beaver Stadium for the big game. Cocky Gets His Crow: Cocky has always loved to watch the Gamecocks play. He loved the excitement, and most of all, meeting other fellow Gamecock fans. One day, while … read more

The Mascot Books “Author of the Year” is…

Mascot Books is thrilled to announce the second annual “Author of the Year” Award. This year, we’ve published over 100 books—children’s picture books, to early-chapter and young adult titles, to cookbooks and current event titles— from authors around the world. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’re looking forward to working on more great publishing projects. The Mascot Books Author of the Year award was established to recognize an author who shows dedication to producing the highest quality content, a passion for the craft of writing, a commitment to entertaining and educating readers through literature, and the ability to convey a … read more

Mascot Books Announces the September Releases!

Mascot Books is very excited to announce their September releases! Check out what we’ve been up to the last few weeks:   A Big Hit with the Cubs – Chad Pio. Follow a young Cubs fan named Ernie and his two friends, Billy and Ron, as they play a baseball game against some Cardinals fans. Bun Bun: A True Story – Kathy Snowden. This true story is about rescue, rehabilitation, release, and the bond between a rabbit and the woman who saved her.   The Brave Adventures of Captain Courage: The Bully – Ricki Lasky and Paula Siqueiros. Follow Karson’s … read more

Mascot Authors to Appear on the Hannity Show (FoxNews) Thursday, August 9th, 9:00 pm

Mascot Authors to Appear on the Hannity Show (FoxNews) Thursday, August 9th, 9:00 p.m.  People have asked me recently about our decision to take on projects outside the world of children’s literature. If you’ve visited our website, you’ve noticed a few cookbooks, young adult chapter books, and we’ve even entered the political fray this election year. Sort of.   Working with political pundits, Bernard Whitman and Anthony Holm, we’ve just released two books for the political season: 52 Reasons to Vote for Obama and 52 Reasons NOT to Vote for Obama. In this … read more

Announcing Mascot Books’ August Releases

Mascot Books is very excited to be releasing these books in the month of August! Check out what we’ve been up to the last few weeks:   52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: 52 reasons why you should vote for Obama in the Presidential Election. The Adventures of Abigale Green in Spain: Join Abigale as she satisfies her curiosity of the world while on a trip to Spain with her family. A Dog Named Munson Finds the Missing Game Ball: Follow Munson as he searches the historic UGA campus meeting Hairy Dawg, the cheerleaders, the Red Coat Band … read more

Congrats to the Miami Heat!

Slightly delayed, but I want to say congratulations to the Miami Heat on their NBA Championship, triumphing over the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games! We know LeBron fans must be happy campers today. It’s awesome watching teams win championships, especially when it’s a first-time championship for some of the players. These are the stories that need no fluffy language or stretching of the truth. They truly write themselves which is why Mascot Books is so dedicated to sharing the stories of sports teams. Putting fan loyalties aside, who doesn’t love seeing a group of talented athletes achieve their life-long … read more

Be Mindful of Word Count

Yes, there are guidelines to follow when it comes to the number of words in your children’s story. Remember, these are not hard and fast rules, but rather guidelines that I encourage authors to at least consider. Here’s more information about various children’s book formats. Board Books: These are for babies and toddlers. Generally, the copy is limited to one sentence per page. Picture Books: This is a wide-ranging category, and as such, word counts vary considerably. Most picture books are twenty-four pages. Early picture books are typically less than 500 words. More advanced picture books are right around 1,000 … read more

Manuscript Format

So you have a good idea for a children’s book. Now what? I’m often asked what form the manuscript should take. In the world of children’s books, manuscript style can vary as much as the subject matter of each book. Here’s some practical advice from someone that’s reviewed countless manuscripts over the years. First, you should know that most picture books are thirty-two pages, and after you’ve allocating space for end pages, copyright page, and title page, you’re typically left with twenty-four pages … or twelve spreads of artwork. A “spread” is comprised of the left and right pages when … read more

A Charitable Children’s Author

Author Doug Malan announced that he will contribute 50% of all proceeds from the sale of his book to the Harrisburg Disaster Relief Fund. Doug Malan grew up in Pinckneyville, IL, about 60 miles from Harrisburg. I asked Doug why he chose to donate to the Harrisburg Disaster Relief Fund, and he responded very honestly. Doug explained that he was really affected when he heard about the devastating impact this storm had on the region where he grew up. He wanted to do something to help out in a small way. He also wants to raise awareness about the … read more

A Little Update

As you may know, Mascot was founded in 2003 with a self-published children’s book about Virginia Tech’s lovable mascot, the Hokie Bird. That’s how we got our start … and that’s how we got our name. From there, we’ve gone on to publish children’s titles for hundreds of colleges, professional sports teams, and even elementary schools across America. More recently, under the Mascot Books Author Program, we’ve helped both aspiring and experienced authors turn their ideas into high-quality children’s books. Our turn-key solution has proven to be unique in the children’s book marketplace. We make available a host of services … read more