The Love Books Project was initially setup by Musama Heppell and her husband in response to the lack of children's picture books at the St. Andrews School in Lusaka, Zambia. When Musama found out that her niece, a St. Andrew's pupil, had to take her own books to school so that her classmates could borrow them in order to learn how to read, Musama immediately started fundraising for books to be donated to the school. But it soon became apparent that our mission couldn't stop there as St. Andrews proved to be one of many schools and orphanages who have no access to children's picture books let alone a library.
Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, there still exists a real lack of diversity in children's books with stories and pictures that do not reflect and celebrate today's multicultural society. We feel that this is unacceptable in the 21st century and parts of the UK with communities of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) families that would benefit from our programme. Every child deserves to have access to books that revolve around characters that they can identify with. We plan to tackle this issue in the UK by working closely with libraries and schools.
Diversity in children's literature also help break down barriers and prejudice which in turn opens up a whole new world to children who have yet to experience cultures outside of their own.
Love Books have 3 objectives:
Provide amazing children's books that celebrate diversity to schools and orphanages in Africa as well as schools and libraries in the UK.
Establish a permanent literacy programme using the books we donate.
Become self-sustaining from the sale of books and other items on our web store.