About us - Little Scholars Playground

About us

It started in 2020 lockdown…

Our founders were having a casual conversation about how difficult it is to find wide-ranging books for young children with main character representation of black people specifically.
As people of action, the founders quickly determined that between them, they possessed the skillset to begin to chip away at this problem.
Fast forward and Little Scholars Playground was born in February 2021. With a single mission to create engaging, diverse children’s literature, tackling this imbalance one book at a time!
Natalie Little Scholar


Co-founder & Illustrator
Natalie is a tremendously talented illustrator with a particular passion for making sure all children have representation in literature. She’s a product designer by profession, with a career spanning across digital design, coding and marketing. As a mother to a daughter, Natalie is conscious of the lack of black women in the STEM industry and works to encourage black women and girls to develop a passion for STEM.
Denhue Little Scholars Playground


Co-founder & Author

Denhue is the father of a toddler daughter who began his writing career experimenting with breaking down big ideas for a young audience. By profession, Denhue is an aeronautical engineer which has plenty to do with his natural interest in STEM related topics.

As seen, press & awards

Black children's book stats
Animal characters in children's books
Black children in STEM

Our safety & sustainabilty pledges

Little Scholars Playground Safety Pledge
Sustainability and conscious shopping

  Meet our little scholars 

Little Scholars Playground Scholars

Meet Zara

I would like to be a scientist when I get older. I love science and doing experiments. I like to read, make things and play outdoors. My favourite scientist is Wangari Maathai, a biologist, environmental activist, and the first woman in Africa to earn a PhD. You can find me in Zara’s Caribbean Adventure.

Meet Sienna

I would like to be an engineer when I get older. I like to travel and I love aeroplanes and airports. My favourite engineer is Ellen Ochoa, former astronaut and the first Hispanic woman to go to space.

Meet Emmanuel

I would like to be an astronaut when I get older. I love the solar system. My favourite planet is Saturn because I love it’s beautiful rings. My favourite astronaut is Guion S. Bluford, the 1st Black man to travel to space. I like to read, travel and I love animals. You can find me in Emmanuel’s African Adventure.


* Stat according to the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE)
+ Stat according to the Black British Professionals in STEM

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