About Us


About Little Mind Books

How do we begin to tell you about Little Mind Books. Creating Little Mind Books is a passion project for author A. Elizabeth Orley. She found a giant hole in the world of children's books that were inclusive and inspired children to explore their own worlds.

The main character Sam in the books is not defined by a particular gender. We never see Sam's face. This is by design. We want every child to feel like they could be part of the stories.

We also made sure not to define Gigi for the same reason. Every family is different, and sometimes children do not have close relationships with grandparents, but have favorite aunts, and family friends that take on a nurturing role in a child's life. Sam has Gigi, and that relationship is loving, kind, and inclusive for Sam and for any child reading the books.

Meet the Author

A. Elizabeth Orley

What makes someone want to write children's books? I think you need a story in your childhood that inspires you to write stories. Writing about the moments of childhood magic like seeing fireflies for the first time, or that first time you read a recipe card and completely messed up a recipe... Have you been yelled at for using things for the wrong purpose or used scotch tape to fix something you broke? These are the moments where lessons are learned and the imagination of our childhoods comes to life.

These stories of overcoming adversity, learning from mistakes, and capturing the magic of the world is what inspires me personally to write Little Mind Books. I want my kids to see that mistakes happen, that using things for the wrong purpose isn't always bad, and learning about the world around you makes you better.

My children have been helping me create the illustrations, even taking some of the pictures and letting me use their little hands to demonstrate some of the things that Sam does in the books. For us, this is a family project conceived in real people and real events that impacted us personally and profoundly.

Join us in celebrating the adventure of life, and open doors to your own childhood memories through our stories with Sam and Gigi.