Corporate Clients, Schools & Local Authorities – Mbawa Books

Corporate Clients, Schools & Local Authorities

Help us make reading cool for kids and while we are there, make diversity accepted rather than tolerated. Creating a community of engaged readers inspired by bestselling / diverse reads is our own small way of helping to safe guard the outlook of our future.

Want to let a child in care know they are remembered on their birthday? Looking to bulk buy boxes to inspire the love of reading? We help schools, care providers and companies put a smile on children's faces while creating the next generation of readers.

 According to research, almost 400,000 children in the U.K. do not own a single book. That is an estimated 1 in 8 children, mostly from the most disadvantaged areas. These are shocking facts. Our hope is to help change the way literacy is viewed by our peers. The Book ownership and reading outcomes report found that children who own a book are 15 times more likely to read above the level expected for their age and are four times less likely to read below the expected level.  Other benefits of reading include;

  • improves brain function and confidence.
  • increases your vocabulary
  • Increases comprehension.
  • reduces stress and helps fight depression symptoms because its a means of escapism and coping.

Literacy promotion isn't our only cause. Facts around diversity in children's books are also worrying. According to the CLPE Reflecting Realities Report of 2020, only 5% of children’s books published in 2019 had a black, Asian or minority ethnic main character, despite 33.5% of school children being of black Asian or minority ethnic origins. In other words, an animal or an in-animate object is 38% more likely to be featured as a main character in a children's book. 

Diversity Stats

This is where Happier Every Chapter comes in. Our subscription box service for 8-14 year olds (Key Stage 2 / Second Stage (Scotland) & Key Stage 3 / Third Stage (Scotland)). Want to Our full monthly boxes are shipped to the school or designated address on 12th - 15th of each month, addressed to the child & include:

  • 2 bestselling books (one of which is a diverse read)
  • 2 new short stories written by us
  • Activity Sheets
  • Exclusive Author Goodies
  • 4-6 Lifestyle items
  • Access to a community for author interviews, competitions, discounts etc

 

 

We also have 1-Book Boxes which come with a book & 4+ mystery items

Educators and teachers are ever so busy which makes it hard for them to find engaging & diverse books to meet literacy needs.  As children, we can't be what we can't see. Here are a few reasons why think diversity is crucial in middle-grade literature

  • Allows for a mirror effect. To see one's self represented in a story allows for exploration of one's identity
  • Opens the mind by bringing visibility to cultures different from our own
  • Builds community unity, understanding and inclusivity
  • Creates openings for discussions about current events
  • Emphasizes similarities: kids are kids no matter how different their backgrounds
  • Begins the work of erasing from the grass roots, the idea that one type of human is superior to another.

So let us help you diversify your library's bookshelves and help all kids become more aware of the beautiful diversity of our society through lots of exciting books and short stories. You can also read our blog for more articles on diverse middle-grade reads.                                                

Schools, Local Authorities & Corporate Clients in the U.K. are subscribing to Happier Every Chapter, so that each month, 8-14 year old children like us can receive a cool box of books and treats addressed to them. The impact of feeling remembered is huge, more so to kids in care. Our one-off boxes make ideal birthday gift.

With prices ranging from £23.99 - £239 , there is something to fit every need. Subscriptions can be for as few or as many children as you'd like and schools / Local Authorities can use the Pupil Premium Plus for children who are looked after and Pupil Premium for other vulnerable children to subscribe.

We also currently offer virtual author visits for subscribing schools as a way of supporting Peer Assisted Learning. During these visits, we do talks on literacy, creative writing and our work to promote diversity. Feedback indicates these visits go a long way to boost morale and provide inspiration.