Brand Ambassador Program

We’re looking for a few amazing parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and/or librarians who would love to sample our subscription boxes with their little readers and share the experience on Instagram. (Not gonna lie, we’re open to anyone who loves books as much as we do and loves to read with little people!)  

The inaugural term for this adventure in Lion & Dragonfly subscriptions would be for April, May,  and June 2023

This is the scoop:

Our Lion & Dragonfly Subscription Brand Ambassadors will receive:

  • 1 Free Lion and Dragonfly subscription every month while serving as an Brand Ambassador

  • A 20% discount on all Lion & Dragonfly purchases

  • Your posts featured on our social media and website

Lion and Dragonfly Brand Ambassador Requirements & Duties

We ask that you post about our amazing The Lion & Dragonfly Subscription twice a month

The details:

  • Your Instagram account must be public

  • You must follow @lionanddragonflybooks

  • Posts must be original reels or photos created by the Brand Ambassador (We love Instagram stories, but as they last only 24-hours, they don’t count toward your two-per month)

  • Sparkle, be creative, have fun!  Promote the joy of reading, tell us how much you love the books, gush about the authors and illustrators.

  • Both posts must be exclusive to Lion & Dragonfly.

  • At least one photo should include Lion & Dragonfly logo, branding and/or packaging

  • All posts must use the hashtag #lionanddragonfly and @Lionanddragonfly must be tagged in the photo and in the caption

  • By being a Brand Ambassador you give Lion and Dragonfly the right to use any photos tagged #lionanddragonfly or featuring Lion and Dragonfly Books

And more, (less fun) details:

  • Lion & Dragonfly Brand Ambassadors must live within the USA or have an APO/FPO address (sorry international friends!)

  • First post must be made within 7 days of receiving the Lion & Dragonfly subscription in the mail

  • Lion & Dragonfly Brand Ambassadors agree to 3-month terms unless otherwise agreed upon, however, Lion & Dragonfly can cease any Brand Ambassador agreement if the Ambassador fails to meet program requirements each month

  • By becoming a Lion & Dragonfly Ambassador, Brand Ambassadors give permission to Lion & Dragonfly to use the Brand Ambassador's Lion & Dragonfly-related photos online. Credit will always be given to the Brand Ambassador with a direct link to their social media/blog. 

For questions, please contact MB on

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Applications Due Monday, March 20th

Who are we?

Lion & Dragonfly curates collections of amazing children’s picture books that captivate readers.  These collections make perfect gifts for the children and grandchildren in your life.  And, because we at Lion & Dragonfly believe deeply that every child should have access to great books, we will, for every five books we sell, donate a culturally relevant book to teachers in underfunded schools.  Our vision is that those teachers will read our books to their students, inspiring a life-long love of books.

What is our “secret sauce"?

Our founder and CEO MB Manion Morell has, over nearly two decades of working with children, developed a magical power – choosing just the right picture books to inspire children to read.  Nothing makes her happier than picking a book that turns a non-reader into a reader.  She also has an understanding of the growing need for books in underfunded schools as well as the best way to get those books to these schools so that they will be read to the students.

Why the name “Lion & Dragonfly?”

“Lion” is inspired by the wonderful lion statues that guard the entrance to the main branch of the New York Public Library and by The Library Lion, a “new” classic picture book published in 2007.  It completely captivates kids.  It gently muses that sometimes breaking the rules is a good thing – if done in service of a greater cause.

“Dragonflies” have recently become MB’s “kindred spirit."  She noticed them around her repeatedly in the immediate aftermath of the loss of her father in the fall of 2020.  The dragonflies she now sees flitting around her garden on a peaceful morning remind her to love life and have faith even amidst difficulties.  MB believes dragonflies are wonderful and mysterious creatures that, for her, evoke the extraordinary worlds envisioned by many children’s books authors.  And, to MB, the wings of dragonflies signify the ability to transport books to children who would not otherwise have access to them. 

Why picture books?

We think picture books are the best possible gift one can give young children.  For parents, they create the opportunity to bond with children during story time, creating life-long memories.  For children, they build vocabulary and comprehension, instill curiosity, and teach important lessons about self-worth and treating others with respect.  And they’re FUN.

Are the books hardback or paperback?

We only offer hardback books.  In MB’s experience as a school librarian, hardback books last longer, staying in great shape for many story time readings.  And children just like the feel of a hardback better than a paperback!

What ages are your book collections for?

The books in each box will delight readers of all ages, but they are especially well-suited for children ages 2-8.  They do make wonderful gifts for babies - it’s never too early to begin reading to children, and of course to begin building a picture book library!

Do you offer board books for even younger children or chapter books for middle grade students?

We love books for every age and stage of development, but we wanted to keep our company small at the beginning to ensure we can deliver on our vision.  And picture books seemed the best place to begin.  We may consider board books and chapter books as we expand.  

How do you choose the books in your collections?

Our book boxes include thoughtfully considered books designed to delight and engage young readers.  We aspire to offer mirrors into children’s lives and windows in experiences in the world around them.  We hope our selections will spark curiosity and wonder.

As MB curates these collections, she brings years of experience as a school librarian, and she considers the following:

Will the books delight and engage children and their families?

Do the books represent a diversity of perspectives? 

Are the books well-written and beautifully illustrated?

Will the books inspire a joy of reading?

Do the book collections include emerging authors and illustrators?

How often will there be new collections of books?

At least one new collection of books will be released each month.  Sign up for a subscription if you would like to be the first to experience a new collection!.

What are the purchase options?

You can make a one-time purchase of a book collection or you can sign up for a subscription.

When you sign up for a subscription, simply decide how many books you would like to receive (1, 3 or 5) with each shipment, choose your subscription length (every month, every three months or every six months), and then enjoy surprise selections of curated books that we’re crushing on at the moment.

What comes in each box?

Each Lion & Dragonfly book collection comes in a super-cool, custom-designed box and includes a Lion & Dragonfly bookmark as well as a letter from MB describing what she finds special about each book in each collection.  We also offer Lion & Dragonfly tote bags for a small fee.

Can I order a single book collection box or a book subscription as a gift?

Of course!  When checking out, just enter the gift recipient’s residence as the shipping address and let us know if you would like us to gift wrap the books (for a small fee).  We can also package them in a tote bag.  If you would like to include a note with your gift, we will enclose a lovely hand-written card.

Can I swap out books within a collection?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate book substitutions.

How long after I place an order will it ship?

One-time purchases will ship within one business day of purchase.  Subscription collections will be mailed between the 1st and 3rd of every month.  So, new subscriptions ordered after the 4th of the month will begin the following month.  That means, for example, if you sign up for a subscription on August 4th, your first delivery will arrive in early September.


How long do orders take to ship?

We offer standard shipping (2 to 8 business days) and expedited shipping (1 to 2 business days).

Can I track my delivery after I place an order?


Do you ship internationally?

Yes!  But please be aware that shipping costs will be higher and delivery times longer for international purchases than for domestic purchases. 

Are your materials recyclable?

Yes!  Our box and packaging materials are completely recyclable.  We want all children to grow up in a world not threatened by climate change or other environmental degradation.

What is your return policy?

We can only accept returns of books that arrived damaged.  In such a case, we would be happy to replace the damaged books.  Please send an email to us at
with a description of the damage, a photo, and we will get back to you as soon as possible with instructions on how to proceed.  

If you already have a copy of a book that you have received from Lion & Dragonfly, please consider gifting it to someone else in your world. This might be your local elementary school or your child's classmate for a birthday party.