About Letterbox Library

For over 30 years, Letterbox Library has been a leading children's bookseller and education supplier, bringing teachers, librarians and parents the best in inclusive children's books.

We are famous for our book selection process:

  • we specialise in books in which all children can see themselves and which reflect our world community in all of its diversity;
  • we use an expert team of volunteers, including teachers & children, to review and choose all of our books;
  • inclusive content is not enough; our reviewers only select books which also show excellence in storyline/artwork;
  • we are passionate about resisting commercial trends; we want to offer children real choices in what they read;
  • we are also known for our books promoting social justice.

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise.

  • we are committed to providing you with high quality and honestly priced products
  • for full access to this site & discounts, you can become a member of Letterbox Library for just 5 a year Click here....

Riding A Donkey Backwards: Wise & Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

Book of the week...

Riding A Donkey Backwards: Wise & Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

by Sean Taylor & Khayaal Theatre
illustrated by Shirin Adl


Riding A Donkey Backwards: Wise & Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

Meet Mulla Nasruddin, a smart trickster, possibly based on a real-life 13th century figure and appearing in several guises across many different Muslim cultures. Both wise and foolish, brilliantly insightful and wonderfully silly, sometimes an imam, sometimes a judge, famous for riding his donkey backwards...or is he facing forwards and...

Services for Your School, Nursery or Centre

- for a £5 annual membership fee, you will receive discounts on all of our products
- members can also do themed book searches on our site
- you can order all of our books and tailored nursery/school book packs online. Schools etc. can be invoiced.
- if you prefer, we can make a book selection for you to meet your needs/budget
- for budgets of £200+, we offer a free, books-on-approvals service where we can send a box of books to your workplace
- for larger budgets (£2,000+) we can provide a whole school/library stock consultancy & supply service which can include a half day visit to your setting
- for details on any of these services please email/phone.

Exhibitions and Events

Letterbox Library exhibits at regional and national events. We provide short workshops/talks to teachers (eg: using inclusive books in the classroom), speak at industry events on our book specialisms and chair author panels. If you would like us to attend your event, please email/phone us.

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The Power of Reading

Book Packs to support The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Power of Reading. This project has been designed to develop a whole school love of reading and writing.

The Power of Reading
The Power of Reading

Reflecting Realities Primary Book Pack (20% Discount)

Created in collaboration with the CLPE in response to their groundbreaking Reflecting Realities Reports.

Reflecting Realities Primary Book Pack (20% Discount)
Reflecting Realities Primary Book Pack (20% Discount)

No Outsiders Book Pack

No Outsiders Book Pack

A selection of 35 books, covering EYFS to Y6, selected to support primary schools to develop a curriculum response to the Equality Act 2010. The titles in this book pack encourage children to explore identities and focus on diversity as a whole. These books would make a welcome addition to any classroom bookshelf or library. The book selection is used in the No Outsiders scheme for schools, which teaches children to recognise and celebrate difference.

No Outsiders Book Pack


We greatly enjoy working in partnership with a broad range of groups and workplaces. These include:
- providing the Power of Reading book packs for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education;
- developing and supplying books for Bright Horizons' literacy projects;
- providing the book pack which accompanies Andrew Moffat's No Outsiders equalities training for schools;
-joining with Let Toys be Toys on their #LetBooksBeBooks campaign;
- partnership with industry campaigners Inclusive Minds.

Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

The Little Rebels Children's Book Award is a prize for radical children's fiction. The award was established in 2012 by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers in conjunction with Letterbox Library. You can find out all the latest Little Rebels News by clicking here.

Little Rebels Childrens Book Award