Hi I'm Andrea, owner of Little Koala Book Club. Thanks for stopping by!
I'm a vivid fantasy and sci-fi book reader and now with two little girls, I’m passionate about finding and reading good books , full of adventures and sharing that love of reading with them. Dressing up and acting out characters with my two little koalas (daughters) in Brisbane, Australia, in between coffees is life now.
My cheeky four year old's love of stories and dressing-up fueled the idea of designing imaginative and interactive storybook & dress up boxes that combined a storybook with matching dress up character costume and craft activity to create storytelling props.
These special story gift boxes are lovingly curated by me and encourage a love of reading books, creative storytelling, imagination and help make story time SUPER fun for your little one.
Working with new local authors:
I'm excited to now be working directly with new local emerging authors in creating storybook & dress up boxes that feature their book. Check out our Featured Storyteller Interview Blog with Rachel Tribout an amazing author and illustrator from Brisbane. Rachel and I collaborated to bring her 'The Monsters of Tasmania' story to life for little ones.
A little bit more about me and future projects:
I'm bilingual in English and Spanish and have worked in the International Education and Tourism industries. Along with my love of books, I have always valued education, travel and intercultural learning and am combining all my loves (coffee excluded… although maybe in the future) by working towards including a multi-cultural aspect to Little Koala Book Club; including story books in a couple of different languages and the Around the World themes.
Giving back to the community by supporting a wonderful non-profit, Reading out of Poverty:
Little Koala Book Club is now proudly supporting Reading out of Poverty. With your support, 5% of profits from each storybook & dress up box purchased and some of our books, will be donated to Reading out of Poverty whose mission is to give the gift of literacy to disadvantaged children from low socio-economic backgrounds, including migrants, refugees, and indigenous individuals in Australia.
Our cheeky Zara is our tester. She tries out all the books and dress ups.
Virtual Storyteller Idea:
With family abroad in Colombia and U.S..and also close by, these special moments were shared via video calls, photos and videos on WhatsApp and Facebook. My in-laws, Wendy and Larry from the U.S. sent the first Grandparent story time via video thus virtual storyteller concept grew.
Both Larry and Wendy bring educational expertise to the team and are always a facetime call away for consultation. :)
Thanks for your support! We truly hope our storybook & dress up boxes will help make storytime fun and a little different for your little ones.
Join the Little Koala Book Club and re-imagine storytime with your little one, Order your box!