Entrepreneurs Libby Harris and Kate Morris-Double have launched a new book subscription box and podcast for young readers today, World Book Day.
The former Bath Spa University students currently run successful young-adult-focused book subscription, Book Box Club, which has been named as one of the best book subscription services by The Independent, The Evening Standard and Red Magazine.
Their new venture - called Tales by Mail - will be a bi-monthly service, delivering two new reads, exclusive author content, games and activities and small bespoke gifts to young book-lovers around the world.
Tales by Mail will also have an accompanying podcast with interviews with guest authors and reading group chats with UK schools.
Kate, who lives in Melksham, said:” Both Libby and I have been obsessed with reading since we were children. Our love of books has allowed us to explore new worlds, sparked our imaginations, widened our vocabulary and introduced us to characters we would never meet in real life. Through Tales by Mail, I hope we can help instil the same sense of curiosity and wonder into the next generation of book-lovers.”
Romford-based Libby said: “Our boxes bring surprises in the post every other month and combines the appeal of the digital age with the good old-fashioned book, without kids having to stare at a screen. We’re particularly excited to partner with schools for the podcast and to hear what the children think about the books that we’ve selected.”
Prior to founding Book Box Club Libby and Kate were booksellers. They met working at award-winning independent bookshop, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath, where Kate was the assistant manager.
During her time at Mr B’s, Kate was twice shortlisted for The Bookseller’s Young Bookseller award and named one of their 2014 Rising Stars of the book trade.
Libby left bookselling to write a novel and pursue a career in education. In 2016 the two friends decided to go into business together. They launched Book Box Club in September that year and have since sent out over 14,000 boxes to book-lovers around the world.
“Kate’s husband is a primary school teacher and I’m a former teaching assistant – so we’re very aware of how important it is to nurture young readers and help them take their love of books into adulthood," said Libby.
"There’s little on the market by way of book-focused gifts specifically for children of this age group, so we’re excited to share our new Tales by Mail boxes and podcast.”
Pictured: Kate Morris-Double and Libby Harris