FAQs

Who are we?

We curate thoughtful & diverse children’s picture book collections.  For each collection sold, we donate a book to a classroom teacher in an underfunded school.

Why Lion and Dragonfly?

The Lion is inspired by The Library Lion, a “new” (2007) classic picture book.  It completely captivates kids reading after reading. It gently muses that sometimes breaking the rules is a good thing.  

Dragonflies have recently become MB's “spirit animal.”  She likes to think they teach us to love life, to rejoice and have faith even amidst difficulties.  In addition, Dragonflies have wings and can transport stories from the library to children who may not have access to those stories. 

Why picture books? 

We think picture books are the best possible gift you can give to young children. They’re beautiful and last forever.  They give parents the opportunity to bond with children during story time, creating life-long memories. They build vocabulary and comprehension.  And they’re FUN!

Fun Fact: MB still has the copy of Where the Wild Things Are that her brother gave her 28 years ago when her daughter was born.

Are the books hardback or paperback?

Because these books are designed as gifts, we only offer hardback books.

Will you ever offer Chapter Books or Middle Grade Books or Board Books?

We love books for every age and stage, but we wanted to start our effort quite small.  Picture books seemed the best place to begin.  We may consider chapter books, middle grade books, and board books as we expand.  Let us know what you would like!

What are your subscription options?

Subscription options are available for 3, 6 or 12 month.  You can find details on our Subscribe page.  

What ages are your boxes for?

The books in each box delight readers of all ages but are especially well-suited for children ages 3-8.

How do you choose the books?

We curate our book boxes to include thoughtfully considered books guaranteed to delight and engage young readers.  We seek to offer mirrors into children’s lives and windows to experiences in the world around them.  We will offer books by established and emerging authors and illustrators reflecting the diverse world in which we live. 

As we curate these collections, we bring years of experience and consider 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 these books collections include emerging authors and illustrators?

  • Are your materials recyclable?

    Yes! Our box and packaging materials are completely recyclable.

    Do you ship internationally?

    Yes!  Rates vary.

    Can I order a box or subscription as a gift?

    Of course!  When checking out, enter the gift recipient's residence as the shipping address.  Let us know if you would like us to gift wrap the books, or perhaps package them in a tote-bag. If you'd like us to include a handwritten note, leave us a message in the notes section and we’ll enclose a lovely note!

    If I order a subscription, when will my first box ship?

    Subscriptions ship between the 1st and 3rd of each new month (we won’t ship on weekends).

    All new subscriptions ship out the month following sign up. That means if you sign up for a box on August 4th, your first delivery will be early September. 

    One-time product orders ship within one business day of purchase.

    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.

    We would suggest that if you find you already have a copy of the book you receive, 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.

    Where can I send returns to?

    Please send returns to:

    Lion & Dragonfly Book Collections

    6659 Tennyson Drive

    McLean, VA 22101

     

     









    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.

    Shipping

    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?

    Yes.

    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 lionanddragonfly@gmail.com
    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.