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Welcome! We are Kirsten and Aiyven of Mbawa Books. Together with our parents, we run Happier Every Chapter, the UK's 1st children's book subscription box which includes short stories written by the founders and gift items too! We have always been 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, published in April 2020 with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.

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.

While marketing our books, we realised there was a gap in the market not only for a book subscription service with well curated diverse middle-grade reads that would reflect the realities of children like us and educate other children about the beauty of diversity, but also a service that would encourage even the most reluctant reader & make book mail more exciting with bitesize stories and gift items too. Thus, the idea of Happier Every Chapter, a book subscription box for kids 4-14 was borne. 

Our dream? The vision? To improve literacy outcomes by promoting reading for pleasure, creative writing and diversity awareness amongst young readers like us. Sincere thanks to our supporters with whom Happier Every Chapter, is sure to the go-to book subscription box for younger kids, tween or young teen bookworms!


Sagas of Anya by Kirsten Mbawa

Sagas of Anya by K. Mbawa

What would you do if you had to become a maid at thirteen working for a nasty housekeeper? After her mam dies, 12yr old Anya watches as her once loving tad turns to drink. Things hit a new low the next year and Anya is forced to travel from Victorian Cardiff to London to become a scullery maid at Tippets House, under the watchful eye and cruel hand of Mrs. Axton.

Spirited and bright, Anya makes friends and some enemies too. Will she survive and find a loving place to belong again or will this life of drudgery be forever? Anya's story will grab you and keep you until the last word.

Fans of historical fiction will not be able to put this down.

Land of the Nurogons by Aiyven Mbawa

Land of the Nurogons by A. Mbawa

I, Hayden Smith, never considered myself to be the ‘chosen one’. I thought I was your average high school kid. But, no, of course I was completely wrong. And I have a sneaking suspicion that however much I tried to avoid my fate, I’d end up in the same place, Nurogonia.

And now a bloke called Sosiri plans to turn the world of Nurogonia into something unimaginable. If he succeeds, we’re all dead. It’s my problem to prevent that. All those deaths would be on my hands. And if I fail? Oh, never mind, I won’t be alive to find out. 

Love middle-grade fantasy? Harry Potter? Percy Jackson? You'll love this! Join Hayden & co on a jounrey that will not be easy to forget.

Happier Every Chapter Book Subscription Service

Happier Every Chapter Book Box

There's nothing like getting stuck in a good book. Or not having to fear running out of books to read.

Meet Happier Every Chapter, the book subscription every young bookworm needs. Created to promote reading for pleasure & diversity awareness, our boxes have been dubbed as "a monthly box of bookish bliss & treats for kids."

The Little Literates box is for 4-7yr olds comes  with 2 books & 4-6 gift items.

Our Thought Leaders box for 8-12s & Book Wolves box for 13-14s come with 2 books (one diverse), 2 short stories (by us), activity sheets, 4-6 gift items & access to a member community for author interviews etc.


Kirsten & Aiyven Mbawa | Authors & Co-Founders of Happier Every Chapter


Did you know that:
📚1 in 5 children enter secondary school without being able to read properly? 
📚9 million adults in the UK are functionally illiterate?
📚Only 8% of children's books published in 2020 had an ethnic minority main character?

From March 2019 when the book reviews started to April 2020 when our books were published up until now, there's been a steady growth in our community telling of the need for better literacy outcomes by getting more children to read for pleasure. 

As well as the boxes, we carry out book reviews on Facebook and YouTube & where possible the author(s) whose books have been featured in one of our monthly boxes will be invited for a Live Author Interview to chat about their book.

Valentine & Ndah Mbawa | Dad & Mum to Kirsten & Aiyven Mbawa


Mbawa Books & Happier Every Chapter is very much a family business. We are grateful to have parents who support our passion enough to help us grow the idea to what it is today. We are the creative side; writing short stories, doing school talks, helping to curate books and gifts while Mum & Dad run the business side teaching us a few things along the way😊.

Support for our books, Happier Every Chapter & our virtual author visits has been phenomenal. For that, we cannot say enough thanks.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments and we will do our best to help. Contact us on +44 (0)7949 820 944 or

You can also join our Facebook community to stay in the loop by clicking below. Lets create a tribe of readers!


Kirsten & Aiyven Mbawa on BBC Look East TV


The absolute highlight has been our BBC Look East TV appearance in Jun '20 talking about our books. Since then, we have also been on BBC Three Counties Radio, The WeekJnr, Daily Express/Mirror & a number of blogs.

Charity really did begin at home for us with the Northampton Chronicle & Echo featuring us for World Book Day 2020 during the height of our Kickstarter campaign! We remain always grateful for the support we have received.

Kirsten & Aiyven Mbawa on Channel 4 Steph's Packed Lunch

Channel 4 Steph's Packed Lunch Small Business Market

We couldn't have been more thrilled to have been invited to appear on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch Small Business Market. To top it all off, we got to meet people like Alan Johnson and Oti Mabuse. You can read more the day in this blog post or watch the vlog we did for the event.

It was amazing to showcase, Happier Every Chapter, our small business alongside other kidpreneurs who had been invited to the show.


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Bestselling diverse & inclusive books & short stories plus treats
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Mbawa Books & Happier Every Chapter As Seen on Steph's Packed Lunch
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Mbawa Books & Happier Every Chapter As Seen on BBC Look East
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Mbawa Books & Happier Every Chapter As Seen on BBC Three Counties Radio
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Mbawa Books & Happier Every Chapter As Seen on BBC Radio Northampton