Our company was lovingly imagined and designed by parents who believe in the magic and power of books.
We are parents who as children were nuts about books. We read anytime we could. Now that we're grown up, we spend a lot of time researching and finding great books to read to our children. We are proud to be raising children who love books too.
We know representation matters. We know children need to see themselves and people who look like them doing everyday wonderful things. We know the books our children treasure are central in their understanding of the world and of themselves in that world. We know, too, that children need to see characters who don't look like them, especially people of color, to help block unhealthy racial bias.
We are disappointed in how few children's books feature characters of color. We want our children, and all children, to see themselves, their families, their friends and the beautiful diverse world in the books they read. Sadly, that doesn't happen very often.
So, we have put our collective talents together to create books that do feature children and families of all colors. They are books our kids love reading and ones we enjoy reading to them night after night after night!
We created Loving Lion Books to wrap kids in love and in the knowledge that their world is normal and beautiful. We want all children to see themselves as they are - the heroes of their own story.
We named the company Loving Lion Books to honor Lion, the best childhood friend of Randolph, one of our founders.
Randolph grew up in Liberia, a small, green and flowery country in West Africa. He spent his teen years in Ghana due to a civil war in Liberia. Before his family fled to Ghana, his 13 beloved dogs protected his home and ensured that Randolph and his family were safe from harm. Lion was the leader of the pack and a constant protector of Randolph.
We feel Lion Books honors Lion’s mighty strength, intelligence and his loving loyalty. We want these books to demonstrate a deep abiding love for family, just as he did.
Who We Are
Norah is the author of "Love Family." She has written for children’s magazines and has worked in education focused non-profits and in corporate philanthropy focused on literacy.
Joelle is the illustrator of "Love Family." Joelle has illustrated and designed thousands of pieces of art and loves creating illustrations that bring happiness.
Randolph is the technology and business guru of Loving Lion Books. He loves creating smooth customer experiences and wants our online business to reflect the beauty of our books.