Welcome! We are Kirsten and Aiyven of Mbawa Books. We live in Northampton with our parents, youngest sister Kaitlyn, pet cat Zaki and pet pigeon Gus. Its fair to say we are voracious readers or book addicts if you like with a bit of a thing for getting others to catch the reading bug☺. Sagas of Anya by Kirsten & Land Of The Nurogons by Aiyven are our debut middle-grade novels. Our books started life as entries to the 2019 BBC 500 Words writing contest. Even though we weren't successful, we turned our entries into middle-grade novels which are now on sale on Amazon & our website.
You may have watched our reviews of children, middle-grade or young adult books on YouTube, Facebook or Instagram. Or you may have seen us on Channel 4, Steph's Packed Lunch, BBC Look East, Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Daily Express, Daily Mirror or even in The WeekJnr magazine. Whichever way, we're sure by now, you get the idea that we are mad about books.
And that is why after having published our books, we decided to launch a book subscription box for kids 8-14 years old. The mission? The vision? To promote literacy and diversity in middle-grade literature. Happier Every Chapter, is the ideal book subscription box for tween or young teen bookworms!
ABOUT OUR BOOKS & Book subscription service
OUR JOURNEY. OUR COMMUNITY. OUR HIGHLIGHTS.
See what people are saying about our boxes & book reviews
The idea of having a special little box arrive each month with amazing books to read and goodies, is an inspirational idea! My son has absolutely loved his first box and has already read the first novel. It’s such a lovely way to encourage our youngsters to read! The two young girls should be very proud of themselves! Can’t wait for next month’s box!
Amazing Christmas Present
My daughters favourite Christmas present this year. It’s lovely to get a parcel in the post and my little bookworm loves discovering new authors. The little extras are also lovely.
Empowering & inspiring!
empowering and inspiring girls✌️" Read More
A joy to watch
"These young ladies are a joy to listen too! They do a great job with their reviews and have an obvious passion for books! I recommend them highly!"
Interesting, funny & detailed
"These young ladies are amazing. Such a joy to watch and listen to. Interesting, funny and detailed - Very well spoken too. Their reviews are clear, lovely and honest." Read More...
Bubble of joy and positivity
What a bubble of joy and positivity these two reviewers are. As well as reviewing such a terrific variety of books, they give so much time and attention to providing a detailed review, and encourage kids and adults alike to read widely. Big hearts, fantastic vision and avid readers, Mbawa Book Reviewers are highly recommended.
Relatable Reviews kids will love
Hi everyone! I absolutely love these beautiful young ladies and was fortunate enough to receive reviews for my children's book, Go-Cart Gertie. The girls read the book live on their site and discussed what lessons were found within the storyline. In addition, the girls are truly relatable with other children and share their viewpoints on each book they review. I definitely recommend checking them out!
Amazing, Fantastic and Exciting.
When I received my first parcel, I was very excited to see what was inside the box and to discover what books I was going to receive.
As well as good choices of books I got two short stories written by the Mbawa book reviewers themselves!! I loved the mini notebook that had the motivational inscription at the front. I also received a hot chocolate powder sachet which I really needed at the time along other items such as a magnetic bookmark.
Overall I believe the Mbawa book reviewers 'Happier Every Chapter' is highly recommendable.