Our story

We set up Little Box of Books when we couldn’t find our blended family in books. We wanted to see stepdads in books, incidental to the storyline but visible, reflecting our normal. We started to look at the content of children’s books more generally, thinking about gender equality, diversity and representation and then formulated our plan.

Now we curate collections of books so that more children can see themselves in the stories that they read. We find representative, inclusive, brilliant books from a diverse range of authors. If you want to be part of it please give us a shout at info@littleboxofbooks.co.uk

Lynsey –  Avid book reader and book buyer who has worked a lot in media in TV and then later as a humanitarian and charity communicator. Careerwise, a bit like Mr Benn.

Neil – The techy brains behind Little Box of Books, the attention to detail, money manager and the IT support guy.

The adventure so far....

delivered 10,000 books to primary schools and nursery all over the UK

November 2020

we moved all our packing operations to a warehouse

October 2020

KPMG came on board to support Change the Story crowdfunder

August 2020

launched Change the Story Crowdfunder, fronted by Rochelle Humes - to raise £55,000 to get 10,000 books into primary schools all over the UK

July 2020

Won the Mission Possible Award in the Small Business Awards for social Enterprises

June 2020

launched partnership with Skyscanner, bringing the world to families while being unable to travel anywhere

May 2020

provided Giovanna Fletcher with Bedtime stories for her Saturday night lockdown readings with children

April 2020

launched COVID kindness, providing customers with stamped addressed envelopes so they could draw and write to care home residents completely isolated because of lockdown

March 2020

Supported thousands of families with book boxes as period of lockdown and home schooling was announced

March 2020

Lockdown

March 2020

launched Our World Book Day box, offering costume options to black, Asian and children of minority ethnic origins who might have wanted to dress up as a character of their own ethnicity.

March 2020

Lynsey appeared on BBC Breakfast talking about the portrayal of stepparents and blended families in children's storybooks

February 2020

we launched our big big box of books, offering schools the opportunity to buy a box of inclusive and representative children's books

January 2020

appeared in the Daily Mail Christmas Gift Guide

December 2019

Ofsted introduced new framework for inspections, with a greater emphasis on reading and a commitment to diversity

September 2019

won Silver Made by Mums Award for our inclusive and representative book boxes

May 2019

first Pop up shops to mark World Book Week - talked about the importance of introducing children to characters that show the diversity of our population to ITV News

March 2019

started our school book supply

January 2019

appeared in Guardian Christmas Gift Guide two days after youngest son was born - spent first Christmas packing and feeding

November 2018

appeared on Channel 4 News talking about lack of diversity in Children's books

August 2018

launched and sold first boxes

July 2018