Stories from Around the World – Australia

Stories from Around the World – Australia

The Koala Who Could




Written by Rachel Bright and illustrated by Jim Field

Published by Orchard Books

Age: 3-5

Set in: Australia


Synopsis: Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not . . . but if you let it, change can be the making of you. Kevin the Koala discovers this and more in this delightful picture book from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside!



‘The Koala who Could’ is a lovely story to encourage children who tend to be a bit insecure and who don’t like change or trying new things. It’s easy to relate with the sweet fluffy grey Koala as he enjoys a simple life in the safety of his tree. This book represents the perfect opportunity to combine the discussion of a powerful message, like friendship and courage, and at the same time, learning more about Australian animals and its landscape.


What we liked about this book:

  • The rhyming language.
  • The encouraging message about trying something new.
  • The colourful and bold pictures.
  • The Australian landscape and its animals.



Our favourite quote:

‘And Kevin, from then on, was always CAN-DO.
Because life can be GREAT when you try something NEW!’






An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals






Written by Bronwyn Bancroft

Published by Little Hare

Age: 3-5

Set in: Australia

Synopsis: A delightful counting book of Australian animals by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft. A companion title to An Australian A,B,C of Animals.



Bronwyn Bancroft is a descendant of the Bundjalung people. Her love for her culture is visible throughout the book. Colourful, vibrant, detailed pictures of Australian animals make this picture book a real gem.



What we liked about this book:

  • The use of Aboriginal Dot Painting
  • The use names of native Australian animals and their actions
  • That the book is dedicated to the advancement of equal learning opportunities for all people.



Our favourite quote:

‘5- Five kookaburras laughing.’





Here are some ideas of activities and crafts about Australia:


Australian Indigenous Art Aboriginal Dot Painting (






Cute Newspaper Koala (




Cardboard Boomerang That Actually Comes Back (





Sydney Opera House with Paper Plates (





Toilet Roll Wombat (Activity Village)



About me: 

I’m a children’s books author based in the U.K. with a great passion for multilingualism and multiculturalism. My first book, “A Fish in Foreign Waters – a Book For Bilingual Children” is sold worldwide and has won bronze at the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *