Monthly Book Subscription for kids. Diverse, inclusive and representative books for 4-14year olds. | Mbawa Books
Welcome to Happier Every Chapter! Pictured above are Kirsten and Aiyven, the First Ever Young Female Leads. They are how our story started. Voracious readers & talented writers, with a bit of a thing for getting others to catch the bug too☺. Sagas of Anya by Kirsten & Land Of The Nurogons by Aiyven are their debut novels which came to be as entries to the 2019 BBC 500 Words writing competition. Not to be deterred because they didn't win, they turned our entries into middle-grade novels, published in April 2020 with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.
You may have watched their YouTube book reviews or seen them on Channel 4, Steph's Packed Lunch, BBC Look East, Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, The Strategist, The Independent, The WeekJnr magazine or even Disney.
In marketing their books, we realised there was a gap in the market for children's book subscriptions with diverse and inclusive books which also keeps reluctant and struggling readers. This is how the idea of Happier Every Chapter, a book subscription box for kids 0-14 was borne.
Our dream? The vision? To help schools and families nurture the skill and will to read for pleasure while developing a solid global outlook. Thanks to the subscribers and schools making Happier Every Chapter, their go-to for inclusive and value-rich children's bestsellers.
WHAT WE DO
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. If you loved Hetty Feather, you will be a huge fan of Sagas of Anya
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 Box
There's few things quite like a good book. Meet Happier Every Chapter, the book box every bookworm needs. After noticing a lack of diversity in the subscription boxes we tried to get our books into, we decided to launch ours to promote reading for pleasure & diversity awareness. For schools wanting to diversify their libraries, we also do book bundles too.
Our Winning Tots box for 0-3s is packed with fantastic books and starts children early on the reading journey.
Little Literates box for 4-7s has 1-5 inclusive books, worksheets & up to 2 gifts.
Thought Leaders box for 8-12s & Book Wolves box for 13-14s include 1-5 books, worksheets & up to 2 gifts
Author Visits & Creative Writing Workshops
There is no-one better to inspire us than those we can relate to.
Children can't be what they can't see and that is the power of working with us to inspire children in families, schools and other learning institutions.
If you are a school or academy looking for authors to visit or conduct a creative writing workshop to inspire your pupils to develop the will and skill to read and write for pleasure, we would be more than happy to help.
Head to our Author Visits page to find out more.
Make a booking enquiry, email us at email@example.com or call +44 (0) 7949 820 944 for more information
THE JOURNEY. THE TEAM. THE COMMUNITY.
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.
THE TEAM. THE COMMUNITY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also join our Facebook community to stay in the loop by clicking below. Lets create a tribe of readers!
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.
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.
Disney Ultimate Princess Time to Shine In Association with The Female Lead
We’re over the moon to have worked on the Disney Family UK campaign, ‘Disney Ultimate Princess Celebration: Time to Shine’, in association with The Female Lead & Leah Williamson, the Euro Winning Lioness Captain. The campaign hopes to boost confidence of 3-6 year olds starting school this year. On 30th August, we were inducted into The Female Lead as the First Ever Young Female Leads adding to its line-up of awe-inspiring females. We’ve hosted and narrated the Princess Pep Talks which you can view here!Watch the Video
BBC 500 Words Writing Competition Relaunch
In a very full circle turn of events, we were filmed in July for the relaunch of the BBC 500 Words Writing Competition!
With this being how the story started for us, it was such an honour to share where our journey has taken us so far from the 2019 when we first entered the competition.
Click here to watch the clip aired on BBC Look East TV .
Grateful to BBC Teach for sharing our story and letting us inspire our peers to fall in love with reading and writing.