Mascot Books

Mascot Books is a full-service, multi-genre, independent book publisher and distributor. Mascot Books is a hybrid publishing company headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. The company publishes a variety of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, children's, cookbooks, and coffee table books. Naren Aryal co-founded Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of "Hello, Hokie Bird," a children's book about his alma mater’s mascot. After a successful initial title, Aryal left his job as a corporate attorney to start Mascot Books. Since inception, the company has published more than 2,500 titles. Mascot Books was recently featured in The Washington Post.

Uncommon Grit: A Photographic Journey Through the Eyes of a Navy SEAL - Mascot Books

After a record-breaking first day of presales, we can't wait to keep the momentum going! Don't miss your opportunity to get #UncommonGrit: A Photographic Journey Through the Eyes of a Navy Seal before retail release.

Pre-order your copy below or at by Darren McBurnett Stats High-quality hardcover photography book with cloth spine and wrap Landscape at 12″ wide x 9″ high 216 pages of extraordinary photographs Intro story and evolution descriptions as experienced by the author Fine art photography of the hardest weeks of all military trainin...

CEO Naren Aryal recently met with Howard Eisenberg, one of Mascot’s most prolific authors. His upcoming children’s story, The Amazing Adventures of Super Dreidel, releases this fall! Don't forget to check out all of Howard's tales, including the Guess Who Zoo series, available on, Barnes & Noble, and the Mascot Books website.

Salem special education teacher pens picture book

Thanks to The Eagle-Tribune for this great feature on Buster, the Delicate Doodle by Jennifer Beland!

Want your copy of Buster, the Delicate Doodle? Pre-order your copy in advance of the June 4th release here: SALEM, N.H. — Jennifer Beland wrote a story about her 5-year-old golden doodle Buster. He was an anxious dog who didn’t like the scratchy grass, nor the loud noises in

Congrats to Carpenters: An Illustrated Discography on achieving #1 New Release in Music Reference books on! Don’t forget to pre-order your copy here:
#thecarpenters #music #musichistory #randylschmidt #newbooks #bookstagram #coffeetabledecor #coffeetablebook

Former Nike designer turned children's author on the joy of reading

Miss The Artist's Alphabet and 1 2 3 Laundry! on KING 5 in Seattle? Check out the full segment below for Julia Meschter's journey from Nike designer to #author. Former Nike designer turned children's books author Julia Meschter to discuss the joy of reading and what inspired her to embark on a career in writing.

Attention Northern Virginia! Four of our authors -- Raima Larter (Belle o' the Waters), Dale Perry (Adventures of the Super Bunny Club), and Charli (Things Left Unsaid) will be at Barnes & Noble's author expo on May 18 from 1-5 PM! Stop by, say hello, and #readlocal this spring!

Midlife Male by Greg Scheinman – Podcast Arena

John Luzzi, author of Know Best Books' DADS KNOW BEST, sat down with future Mascot author Greg Scheinman on the #MidlifeMale podcast. Listen to the full episode 65 with John below.

Want your copy of Dads Know Best? Go to, Barnes & Noble, or here: Join Greg Scheinman every week for candid, in-depth conversations with top CEO’s, entrepreneurs and innovators in business, fitness, entertainment and hospitality. These prolific individuals share their stories of success, inspiration, perseverance and finding balance in business and in life. Conn...

Did you make it to the Kensington Day of the Book Festival yesterday? Three of our authors did! If you missed your chance to grab a copy, head on over to and get your copy ASAP!

[04/29/19]   Reading industry blogs is a great way to stay connected and up-to-date on trends and news in the #publishing world. Check out some of our favorite bloggers here:

Josh Bernoff Books - https://withoutbullsh*

Jane Friedman, Co-Founder of The Hot Sheet -

The team at Publishing Perspectives -

What's your favorite publishing or writing blog to follow? Comment a link below!

Alison Johansen, author of HumFree The Bee Has Food Allergies, was part of a local author panel in Alexandria, VA this weekend!

Get your copy of HumFree's #foodallergyawareness adventure on here:

Belle o’ the Waters: A Novel | Washington Independent Review of Books

Thank you Washington Independent Review of Books for this great review of BELLE O' THE WATERS by Raima Larter - Author!

Have you gotten your copy yet? Order now at, Barnes & Noble, and Mascot The Independent is an important voice in the community of readers and writers dedicated to book reviews and writing about the world of books.

Celebrating Earth Day | - Mascot Books

Happy #EarthDay! Celebrate our beautiful planet with these nature-themed tales on our blog.

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Tell us in the comments below! By Emily Evans-MillerHappy Earth Day! To celebrate our planet’s natural beauty and all the creatures who live here, we’re sharing a handful of our favorite nature-themed titles.Check out the full list below!By Melissa Rooney, Ph.D.This Dr. Seuss-inspired tale by Melissa Rooney follows one frog.....

Illustrator Feature: Vanessa Alexandre | - Mascot Books

We love our freelancers, especially the fabulous Vanessa Alexandre! Check out her Featured Freelancer interview on our blog this week.

Visit to learn more about Vanessa's work. By Emily Evans-MillerFreelancers are the backbone of the publishing world. We have an extensive network of freelance professionals who do fantastic work for our authors. This month, our featured freelance publishing professional is illustrator Vanessa Alexandre.How did you get in to illustrating boo...

[04/26/19]   #PubPoll: Think about your favorite book that's not in a series. Would you rather read its prequel or its sequel? Tell us which book you're thinking of in the comments!


Look who we found over on the Numotion blog! Do you have your copy of Matt Brown's incredible memoir of optimism and perseverance yet? Grab a copy of #LineChange ASAP. Read Numotion customer stories and learn how complex rehab technology helped them live a better life and how it can help you on your mobility journey.

Brainwashed Book Signing and Discussion with Merril Hoge

Don't miss your chance to meet Merril Hoge and Dr. Peter Cummings at this signing of Brainwashed Book on May 8th. Details here: Join Merril Hoge and Dr. Peter Cummings on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30PM for a Brainwashed Book signing and discussion. This event is FREE to public.

Wake Up with Marci: Nadine Haruni, Author of Freeda the Frog & Huma Imtiaz, School Psychologist

How exciting! Nadine Naruni, author of Freeda The Frog - Children's Book Series, was interview by Wake Up with Marci about representing unique family situations through her books. Check out the full interview on or here:

#WakeUpwithMarci #FreedaTheFrog #NadineHaruni Meet Author, Nadine Haruni and school psychologist, Huma Imtiaz. Nadine has written The Gold Mom's Choice Award...

Meet Dawn Michele McCarty – children’s book author

Dawn Michele McCarty was featured by the Royal Examiner for her adorable children's book BEING DIFFERENT ROCKS! Check out the full article, which includes a video interview, below. Royal Examiner visited the Royal Oak Bookshop on South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, on April 20th, to talk with Dawn Michele McCarty. Her book is titled “Being Different Rocks!” It’s about Mickie the dog, who might be a little different than other dogs, but that’s okay because being different ...

Happy #WorldBookDay! Why not celebrate and #shopsmall at local #indiebookstores near you? A few of our favorites in the #DMV include Scrawl Books, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, Politics and Prose Bookstore, East City Bookshop, and One More Page Books & More.

Learn more about World Book (and Copyright) Day here:

Thanks for stopping by @mayorlisamerkel! We loved the opportunity to get to know one of our #localgovernment officials in Herndon.

Happy #MascotMonday! Get to know our wonderful Assistant Bookkeeper, Abby Simpson with these fast facts:
1) I did ballet for 10 years and still love and appreciate all kinds of dance.
2) I’m a (really) amateur baker. The office gets to enjoy my creations from time to time.
3) My husband works at Mascot too! His name is Ben, you might have heard of him.
4) I love the Washington Nationals. It is my hope that they don’t break my heart in the playoffs yet again.
5) I love watching movies and television (I have a huge collection) and dissecting their meanings and themes!

[04/19/19]   Now that the weather's finally warming up, we have even more options for places to read! Do you prefer reading indoors or outside?


It's #giveaway time! Enter to win a copy of The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris over on Goodreads before April 30 for a chance to win one of ten signed copies! Sign up to see what your friends are reading, get book recommendations,and join the world’s largest community of readers.

AMRAP MENTALITY: How to Get Optimal Results In Everything You Do ft. Jason Khalipa, with Andy Frisella - MFCEO298

CrossFit legend and author of As Many Reps as Possible Jason Khalipa talked with Andy Frisella on the #MFCEO podcast about endurance in fitness, business, and life. How can you develop the kind of mindset that goes all in, all the time? I’m talking about the mentality that can keep the pedal on the gas…to get optimal results…regardless of whether things are going great for you, or you’re slogging your way through tough times. My guest Jason Khalipa is a...

Coffee With: "Austin's Allergies"

Congratulations to AUSTIN'S ALLERGIES author Erin Mandras (Kick the Scale) for this great feature on WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore! Find the full segment here: Learn about the local mother who turned her experience with her son into the children's book "Austin's Allergies."

This morning, we had a fun visitor to our office! Brody had a very important meeting today with our CEO Naren to talk about how to fulfill his dreams of becoming an author. This meeting was part of his 11th birthday present from his parents. We can't wait to read his future bestselling works!
#kidauthors #bookstagram #authorsofinstagram #authorssupportingauthors

Arizona Golfer News

The Masters Tournament may be over, but there's plenty of golf to watch this year! Check out the great review below of Bad Lies by Tony Jacklin and Shelby Yastrow from Arizona Golfer.

Bad Lies is available on, Barnes & Noble, and the Mascot Books website. Arizona Golfer. Arizona Golfer Now In its 25th Year of Publishing

Being Small (Isn't So Bad After All) - Mascot Books

Want to snag a #free copy of Being Small Isn't So Bad After All by Lori Orlinsky? Share this post before April 17 at 12pm Eastern and enter to win one of two free copies! by Lori Orlinsky   Being small is the worst! No one ever picks me for their sports team and my feet hurt from standing on my tiptoes all the time. There can’t be anything good about being small…right? A must-read for any child who has ever fallen behind the curve


Check out this great review from Kirkus Reviews about Greg Thomas' PATRICK PORCUPINE'S PERSONAL SPACE. Full review found here: An introduction to personal space for youngsters by debut author-illustrator Thomas.

Quadriplegic athlete teams up with firefighter to complete Boston Marathon route

Thank you 7News - WHDH Boston for featuring Matt Brown and his inspirational journey at the Boston Marathon this year. Check out the full article below.

Don't forget to get your copy of Line Change by Matt Brown and Todd Civin on, Barnes & Noble, and here: BOSTON (WHDH) - A quadriplegic athlete completed the Boston Marathon route on Sunday with the help of a Boston firefighter. In 2010, a high school...

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Yuri Was Very Brave

Did you know Yuri's Night (also called International Day of Human Space Flight) was this past Friday?

In celebration of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in Space, help us bring YURI WAS VERY BRAVE to life! Check out the #Kickstarter here: A Children's Book About the First Human In Space

[04/15/19]   Time for a #writingprompt! Google image search your home town and write a story that takes place in the first image that you see (feel free to skip over maps). Share your first line and tell us where you're from in the comments below!

Have you gotten your copy of CLARENCE yet? Get Stephanie Baruffi's story of tolerance, friendship, and self-esteem on, Barnes & Noble, and here:

[04/12/19]   #PubPoll: We work with chefs and home cooks to craft beautiful cookbooks, many of whom turned their blogs and online recipes into print.
When you cook, do you use a physical book or a digital recipe?

Badges, Egg Salad, and Green Jackets: The Masters A to Z

Masters Tournament is officially upon us! Celebrate with your copy of The Masters A to Z by Julie Alfriend Ferris on Barnes & Noble,, and here: Badges, Egg Salad, and Green Jackets: The Masters A to Z captures the rich history and traditions of the Masters Tournament. Find out what kind of food is served, some of the tournament rules, and the landmarks of this famous sporting event. Written and illustrated by Georgia natives Julie Alfrie...

Page Turners: New books on the shelves

Congratulations to #SportsProf Rick Horrow for THE SPORT BUSINESS HANDBOOK's feature as a page turner by Sports Business Journal. Check out the full list below.

Be sure to order your copy on, Barnes & Noble, or on the Mascot Books website. Page Turners: New books on the shelves April 8, 2019 The Sport Business Handbook By Rick Horrow Publish date: March 4; Human Kinetics Editor Rick Horrow teamed up with sports business scholar Rick Burton and author Myles Schrag to assemble this anthology of insiders’ views of major sports deals ov...

Book giveaway for Politically Indicted: The Real Story Behind the Jersey Sting by Anthony Suarez Apr 07-Apr 14, 2019

Want to snag a #free copy of Politically Indicted by Anthony Suarez? Enter the #goodreadsgiveaway before April 14 and enter to win one of three free copies! Enter to win one of 3 free copies available. Giveaway dates from Apr 07-Apr 14, 2019. Win one of three copies of Anthony Suarez's searing expose, POLITIC...

Losing Final Four fan bases will sell their tickets outside of U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Rick Horrow, author of SPORTS BUSINESS HANDBOOK, weighed in on how the consequences of the Final Four this past weekend affected resale ticket prices in a big way. Check out his full thoughts in the Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal below.

Want your copy of the SPORTS BUSINESS HANDBOOK? Get yours on today: On Saturday night, two fan bases will be celebrating while two others will be hanging their heads and sulking at the hotel bar.

Congrats to our office #MarchMadness bracket winner, JQ Gillen! Shout out to Ben Simpson and Kristin Perry, who were second and third place respectively. Better luck next year for the rest of us!
#wahoowa #gohoos

[04/09/19]   Are you in a writer's group?
If so, how did you get connected and join?

Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue

Check out this new Kickstarter for JUST BUNNY AND THE GREAT FIRE RESCUE! Help us bring this adorable story to life by supporting the campaign below. A children's book about the dramatic, real-life rescue of a beloved stuffy by the FDNY.

Kid Lit Pick of the Week: Abracadabra Whoopsie - News15 | Lafayette, LA

Thanks Author Aly for choosing ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE as the Kid Lit Pick of the week on News15!

Abracadabra Whoopsie is available now on, Barnes & Noble, and on Mascot!

Watch the full segment here: STUDIO 15 – This week’s Kidlit Pick of the Week is ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE BY ADAM KARGMAN. The book is illustrated by TRISTAN TAIT. This cute book is about a little boy named Jordy who makes his sister disappear via his Magic Wand. Jordy then loses that Wand, thus sending him on a journey to find ...

[04/05/19]   #PubPoll Writing inspiration comes from all around us. Are any of your characters based on someone you know? Give us a hint who below!

Local author teaches kids ABCs and 123s with stunning books

Thanks FOX 12 Oregon for featuring The Artist's Alphabet and 1 2 3 Laundry! by Julia Meschter! Check out the full segment below.

Want a copy of these beautiful books for your family? Find yours on, Barnes & Noble, and at Mascot now. Today is International Children’s Book Day, and to celebrate, Molly Riehl caught up with local author Julia Meschter, who just released the new book, “1 2 3 Laundry!” Julia calls

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