Diverse and customizable children’s books | Loving Lion Books
Loving Lion Books and, very first book, Love Family, launched in June of 2017. The publishing house creates visually stunning and warm books that reflect families of color, multiracial families, adoptive families and generally families that are too often absent from children’s books.
We started Loving Lion Books to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature. For us, the lack of diversity was deeply personal. As parents and citizens of the world, we were dismayed to see how few books feature people of color doing everyday wonderful things. We knew, instinctively, that representation matters, but we did a lot of research to best understand the problem and help create a solution.
We are very proud of our first book, Love Family. We are also very excited that Love Family will have a choice for same gendered parents in 2018. As we publish more and more books there will be more and more character options available to ensure all children see themselves, and their loved ones in our stories. So, we will add stories that include single parents, women and girls who wear hijabs or chunnis, men who wear turbans and boys who wear patkas and kippahs. We will expand our selection of books for middle readers and advanced readers.-Norah Cooper, Loving Lion Books
Diverse and customizable children’s books | Build a Loving Lion Book that ROARS with Love
Customize your book by choosing the race and/or ethnicity of the main characters, from a pre-drawn menu. The stories stay the same and show families of color doing wonderful, everyday things. MCBD loves the fact that all characters can be customized to reflect the uniqueness and ethnicity of families. Their new book, Love Family, depicts a big and happy family get-together. It is told through the eyes of a young girl playing with her cousins while they wait and wait for dinner. The book celebrates the everyday special joys of family.
The story is warm and fun, and the illustrations are stunning and magical. Your Little Lions will love seeing people who look like them and like their families in a book about everyday family love.
You will customize the look of the Grandmother, Mother, Father and Daughter.
Their website is also filled with wonderful articles like Discussing Race with Kids and The Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books.