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Children's Bookshop, Literacy Project and Victorian Explorer's Emporium

Kingsley & Co is a literacy project of Ykids Children's charity in Liverpool. Named after Victorian Explorer, Mary Kingsley, Kingsley & Co aims to inspire and equip young explorers using the power of 'story'.

Our Story

Kingsley and Co is a literacy project with the vision to engage as many children as possible with stories, reading and adventure. As part of the work we do, we have a bookshop/cafe, work in schools and run workshops as well as many other events which you can check out on our upcoming events page. 

Why does Kingsley exist?


Bootle sits in the bottom 6% of the UK for literacy levels according to the Guardian Newspaper.


This lower level of achievement in reading is not just relevant to the children’s academic achievement, but according to the Literacy Trust this can have an impact on their future lives and their mental wellbeing.  There are many factors that contribute to reading attainment, but one made factor according to Government research is reading for pleasure.   


What is change we want to see?   

Knowing that reading and a love of story makes a difference, we want to see change in our community and beyond. 

Meet The Team


Darran Draper

Deputy CEO

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Kellie Murphy

Bookshop Assistant Manager


Jake Davies

Story Keeper


Liz Jones

Kingsley&Co Project Manager


Rachel Power

Marketing & Events Content Developer