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Our goal at Ascend Books is to publish exciting media-driven books focusing on high profile events, celebrities, and organizations. Our titles celebrate the efforts of individuals, groups, and their legacies. We capture, commemorate, and recognize anniversaries, championships, achievements, and passions. We celebrate the histories of local, regional, and national sports teams, their coaches, and the players that comprise them. We also proudly publish award-winning children’s books with wonderful illustrations, stories, and themes written by regional and nationally known authors and educators.

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Unhitch the Wagon

Unhitch the Wagon

Toby Rowland

A Passion for Purpose

A Passion for Purpose

Sylvester "Sly" James & Sean Wheelock

Banner Year!

Banner Year!

Brian Hanni

Are You a Baseball Guy?

Are You a Baseball Guy?

Steve Physioc & Rex Hudler

Take the Crown!

Take the Crown!

Miles Schnaer & Mark Fitzpatrick

Hermit

Hermit

Gene Bicknell

Puppies on Parade

Puppies on Parade

Julie Snodgrass & Meagan Martucci

Hear From Our Authors

Guardian of the Golden Gate

The Golden Gate Bridge has become, tragically, one of the most popular places in the world to commit suicide. Few know this better than Kevin Briggs, a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol who has talked hundreds of people out of jumping.

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Go Chiefs Go!

The Championship Season of the Kansas City Chiefs

Matt McMullen talks about Go Chiefs Go!

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The Shame of Me

Royals broadcaster Ryan LeFebvre speaks out about his personal battle with depression in an interview with KMBC's Kris Ketz.

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Are You a Baseball Guy?

Being a "Baseball Guy" is more than just learning a game. Baseball Guys come in all sizes and shapes and ages - and it's not just for guys!

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Our Partnerships Include

Iowa State University
The Kansas Jayhawks
The University of Oklahoma
Georgia Aquarium
The Kansas City Chiefs
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Ohio State University
Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove

Coming & Recent Events

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Coming Soon: Spring 2024

The Search For Your Best Furever Friend

Story Walk at Mid-Continent Public Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO 64157. Phone: 816.883.4900.

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Coming Soon!

Are You A Baseball Guy?

Rescheduled after the conclusion of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Season - date to be announced! With Rex Hudler at Made in Kansas City in Overland Park.

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Happening Now!

Mid-Continent Public Library StoryWalk®

Four Ascend Books titles are being featured at different locations for Mid-Continent Public Library StoryWalk®.

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December 16, 2023

Holiday Concert with Mr. Stinky Feet and Dino O’Dell

Mr. Stinky Feet and Dino O’Dell will be at the library together to help you with the holiday spirit with feet-stomping, hand-clapping, dancing fun.

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December 8, 2023

Mr. Stinky Feet’s Winter Jam

Enjoy a fun-filled morning at the library with Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove performing his greatest hits.

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December 2, 2023

Mr. Stinky Feet’s Winter Jam

Embrace the winter season singing and dancing with Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove at the library for the afternoon.

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Recent Releases

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Hark! It’s Harold the Angel

Hark! It’s Harold the Angel

Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove

Sullen Sally

Sullen Sally

Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove

The Thin Line Between Cupcake and Bitch

The Thin Line Between Cupcake and Bitch

Joni Wickham & Teresa Bruns Sosinski

Mutt’s Dream

Mutt’s Dream

Howard Burman

Go Chiefs Go!

Go Chiefs Go!

Chris Meggs

Life is Fun…  Baseball is Serious!

Life is Fun… Baseball is Serious!

Ten Little Puppies

Ten Little Puppies

The Editors of Ascend Books

In The Works

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Why Would You Invite A Dinosaur To Your Birthday Party?

Spring 2024

Why Would You Invite A Dinosaur To Your Birthday Party?

Put the Ponies in the Barn

Fall 2024

Put the Ponies in the Barn

Toby Rowland

Peanut and Jelly – The Search for Butter

Fall 2024

Peanut and Jelly – The Search for Butter

John A. Martucci

A Life Lived Amongst Lives Lost

Fall 2024

A Life Lived Amongst Lives Lost

Larry McElwain & Chris Meggs

Fierce

Fall 2024

Fierce

Marian E. Washington & Vicki L. Friedman

Special Edition Autographed Collector's Books

Lombardi's Left Side

By Herb Adderly, Dave Robinson, and Royce Boyles

Lombardi's Left Side is available in an autographed, leather bound, collector's edition. This edition is numbered and guaranteed not exceed 500 copies.

Each copy is personally autographed by Green Bay Packers Hall of Famers Herb Adderley and Dave Robinson as well as co-author Royce Boyles, on a specially designed vellum page one, which is exclusive to this special edition.

Each copy comes complete with a Publisher's Certificate of Authenticity and a special walnut display easel. Each copy is truly one-of-a-kind and will be a treasured display piece in your library or memorabilia collection. Only Available for a limited time and on a first-come-first-served basis.

The collector's edition of this book is close to being sold out. Please email mgore@ascendbooks.com to see if a book might be available.

One Man's Dream My Town, My Team, My Time

By Frank White with Bill Althaus

One Man's Dream My Town, My Team, My Time by Frank White with Bill Althaus is available in an autographed, leather bound, collector's edition. This edition is numbered and guaranteed not exceed 500 copies.

Each copy is personally autographed by Hall of Fame second baseman and eight time Gold Glove recipient Frank White, on a specially designed vellum page one, which is exclusive to this special edition.

Each copy comes complete with a Publisher's Certificate of Authenticity and a special walnut display easel. Each copy is truly one-of-a-kind and will be a treasured display piece in your library or collection.

The collector's edition of this book is close to being sold out. Please email mgore@ascendbooks.com to see if a book might be available.

Ascend Books is proud of its alliance with PowerHouse.

Marketing, Trademark Licensing, Publishing and Representation specialists with a track record serving high-profile national brands, personalities, manufacturers, and retailers.

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