A little but persistent light led us to create Lantern Books in the midst of a global pandemic.

At a time where we are looking for hope and a brighter future, it is our desire to bring greater awareness of underrepresented East and Southeast Asian voices within children's books. 

Our mission is to enlighten your literary journey - to share and tell authentic stories and celebrate our cultural diversity and rich heritage.

We are also passionate about language as it is a significant part of our cultural identity. As multi-linguists, we want to share our love of learning Chinese by sourcing engaging and contemporary resources for children from around the world.

​Let's light up our world together, one Lantern book at a time.







“Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books…When there are enough books available that act as both mirrors and windows for all our children, they will see that we can celebrate both our differences and our similarities, because together they are what makes us all human.”

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors



Books can be mirrors reflecting who we are  — and they can be windows into a wider reality beyond our own lived experience.

Our focus at Lantern Books is to share books inspired by East and Southeast Asia, celebrating the diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and include stories by and about the people.


We believe that books should serve as mirrors and windows for all children; so that they become enthusiastic readers and reap the full benefits of lifelong literacy.


It is our hope that children are encouraged to see both themselves and worlds beyond their own in the stories they read.


It is widely accepted and studied that there are cognitive development benefits for children who learn a second language.


Whilst this may be something that comes more naturally to parents who are bilingual already, we know from experience that it is not always easy to teach and encourage children.

Our aim is to discover and share fun and family-friendly  bilingual resources to support your Chinese language learning journey. This includes offering a range of books in traditional and/or simplified Chinese.

Most books at present are sourced from overseas including US, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. At present, we operate on a pre-order basis with overseas publishers and suppliers.

British born Chinese (BBC) mum with 2 little boys. Loves snacking - crisps & white chocolate any time, every day!

Our Founder of Lantern Books loves to discover new books and believes children need to see themselves and their families reflected in the literature around them. Ann wants to see more own-voice books written and illustrated by those with East and Southeast Asian backgrounds. She speaks Cantonese and English, and is learning Mandarin alongside her children.


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