About Malba Books


Malba Books was started during the pandemic…

Question? What can you do when the day job disappears and you’re left to twiddle your thumbs at an ‘ahem’ mature age?

Answer. FINALLY write and publish the kids books that you’ve had in your head for over 40 years!

Mary Barry Childrens Book Author Headshot-600b

Who is Mary Barry?

  • A mother of three, now very grown up adults.
  • A grandmother to Sophie.
  • A former college lecturer and educator.
  • I taught Science (I love it) and maths and forensic stuff (like CSI - but not, cause…real science!).
  • An occasional trainer of chickens but mostly horses and their people.
  • And now…. a published AUTHOR!

Also, a long time wannabe writer of kids books ‘cause when my own children were young, I wrote lots of silly books for them.

Illustrators are essential!

Emanuel Alba, the handsome guy in the photo, is multi-talented.

  • He sings in London’s West End theatres.
  • He acts, yes, on a stage and in front of audiences who love him!
  • He writes.
  • He draws fun comic strips.
  • And now he illustrates the Read, Rhyme, Repeat series!
Emanuel Alba Illustrator Headshot

And now, even more people have joined the team…

Lauren Hidalgo

Lauren Hidalgo Headshot

Lauren is our clever cover designer.

She gave us beautiful new covers for the Read, Rhyme, Repeat series.

Oshadi Sandareka


Oshadi has done the illustrations for FLEAS

Fleas is the first book in the Just 4 Fun series. with a rhyming story, flea facts and flea fun.

Young children, starting out on their reading career, love the Read, Rhyme Repeat series. So do their parents!
These are clever phonics books designed for 3-5 year olds. Check them out!


You know reading is an essential life skill, right?
You want to help your kids to become readers.
You hate to see them struggling.
You can’t understand how they’re bored with books or ‘hate’ reading….

Then you need to get my top tips: