Info for Children’s Book Publishers, Authors & Illustrators
“Can I send Little Parachutes review copies of children’s books?”
We are very excited to announce that we have just launched a Dedicated Picture Book Review Service to allow indie/self-published authors to get their picture books professionally reviewed and included on the Little Parachutes website.
We are no longer accepting unsolicited review copies of picture books. We will be continuing to review picture books free of charge, but we are now sourcing our own review copies from libraries, booksellers and via publishers that we already have a relationship with.
“How do I make sure I’m kept up to date with Little Parachutes?”
You can subscribe to our mailing list (make sure you check the ‘book publisher’ check box) and we will send you news and updates from the site that are relevant to you. You can also follow us on Twitter and follow our Facebook page.
Publishing and Manuscripts
“I have written/illustrated a children’s book or have an idea for one – are you interested in publishing it?”
Sorry, we do not publish books, we just source and review them. We are unable to review manuscripts.
Using the Picture Book Library
“What books are included in the library?”
Our library is specifically for picture books which are relevant to the challenges, problems and situations that young children encounter. We call these books Parachute Books. The library is not intended to cover all children’s picture books (and there are plenty of other sites already fulfilling this service).
“What age group are the books suitable for?”
The books in the library are intended primarily to be suitable for young children up to the age of seven. However, this is intended to be a rough guide only and some books may appeal to older children too. We recommend that you read the book on your own before reading to a child to gauge suitability for your particular child/situation.
“How do I find a book on a particular subject?”
You can either browse through the subject categories, or use the search box in the header of every page
“The subject I am covering is not included, what do I do?”
We endeavour to cover as many subjects as possible. If you would like to see an additional subject in the library, please contact us with your suggestion and we will consider it for inclusion.
“What are ‘tags’ and how do I use them?”
‘Tags’ are an alternative way to browse through the books in the Little Parachutes library. Tags relate to the subjects covered in the books, and allow you to ‘cross-reference’ with other books tagged with the same subjects/keywords.
‘What are Little Parachutes ‘We Love This Book’ Awards?”
You will see a number of books around the website which have been awarded our Little Parachutes ‘We Love This Book’ Award. These books have been earmarked by our editorial team as being particularly special. To qualify for this award, we must consider the book to be not only helpful for children facing situations and issues, but also be well written, entertaining to read and beautifully illustrated. If you would like to recommend a book which is not currently featured on the website, you can do so here.
“I think a review is misleading or offensive. What can I do?”
We endeavour to make our book reviews as accurate possible but occasionally we may make mistakes. Please contact us if you have any comments on one of our reviews. To report an offensive or inappropriate user comment or review, please use our contact form
Using the Book List feature
“How do I use the book list?”
You can add books to a book list from the book detail page by clicking the ‘add to your wish list’ button. You can add as many books as you like to your list.
Buying Through Amazon
“How do I buy a book on Amazon?”
You can link through to Amazon to buy individual books from the book details pages.
“I want to buy a book, but the link to Amazon won’t work/book is unavailable.”
Occasionally there may be a title in the Little Parachutes website which is either temporarily unavailable to buy at Amazon (it may be out of stock, or Amazon may be experiencing technical difficulties). There are a few books in our library that are not available at all on Amazon. We always endeavour to provide information on where the book is available where possible.
“I didn’t receive my book/received the wrong one.”
Little Parachutes does not handle the payment gateway, fulfilment, or delivery of books. This is provided using a third party affiliate link to Amazon. Little Parachutes cannot be held responsible for the service provided by Amazon.
About the Little Parachutes Newsletter/Mailing List
“How do I subscribe to your mailing list?”
You can subscribe to receive occasional email newsletters from Little Parachutes (it’s free to join). We will never pass on your subscriber details to a third party.
“How do I unsubscribe?”
You may unsubscribe by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the footer of every email newsletter.
“Can I forward the newsletter to a friend?”
Please do! There’s a link on the footer of the newsletter which you can use to do this.
Keeping In Touch
About Little Parachutes
“Can you tell me about the project?”
Here is the the story behind the idea.
“Is it a commercial venture?”
Little Parachutes was founded primarily to help parents and other carers help children with life’s challenges. It was not developed to be a commercial venture. In the future we may look into ways to make the site more commercially viable, for example, by finding corporate sponsors for particular book categories, or displaying advertisements. We will only feature commercial content which we consider to be relevant and appropriate to the subjects we cover, and will never accept content from companies with poor ethical standards.
“Who writes the reviews and articles?”
The Little Parachutes in-house book reviews and magazine articles are currently written by our team of contributors. All provide their skills and talents on a voluntary basis and receive no payment for their contributions.
Getting Involved/Volunteering Opportunities
“Are there any opportunities for volunteers?”
We are always keen to hear from people who would like to get involved with the project, in areas such as writing reviews or articles and proof-reading and editing content. We are also looking for people with relevant experience and knowledge to act as advisors for the project (eg, health visitors, teachers, librarians, therapists, publishers, authors or illustrators). Please contact us if you would like to get involved in any way or have any ideas, or simply want more information. Please note that currently we cannot offer any payment to contributors.
“Can I donate to the project?”
A small donation of a pound/dollar or two REALLY helps towards our growing expenses (web hosting, postage, software, etc) and allow us to continue to run the project and help more children going through challenging times. We are very good at operating on the tiniest of shoestrings (we source most of our books from the public library rather than buying them, for example) but we’ve got to the point where we really need to raise more money each month to keep going.
“Are there other ways I can support Little Parachutes?”
Yes – see some suggestions here
Advertising and sponsorship
Info for Journalists/Editors/Other Press & Media
“How do I make sure I’m kept up to date with Little Parachutes?”
You can do so in a number of ways. You can subscribe to our newsletter and we will send you news and updates from the site. You can also follow us on Twitter or through our Facebook page. Please contact us if you are interested in a particular subject or category and we will ensure that you receive relevant press releases.
“Can I reproduce your features, reviews or articles?”
All site content on Little Parachutes is copyrighted and must not be reproduced without prior permission. However, many of our magazine articles are available for use in the press/media with permission, providing a profile and link to Little Parachutes is provided. Please contact us for more details.
“I have a question not covered here. How do I contact you?”
If you have any questions not covered on this page or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us