“The years passed and other koalas were born—brothers and sisters for Koala Lou. Soon her mother was so busy she didn’t have time to tell Koala Lou that she loved her.
Although of course she did.”
Koala Lou loves being an older sibling, but misses having her mother all to herself. She decides to sign-up for the gum tree climbing event in the Bush Olympics. She knows she’ll win! And her mother will notice her! Join Koala Lou as she trains for the grueling competition. Will she be strong enough? Will she be fast enough? Koala Klaws looks tough to beat and the gum tree is so tall: What will it take to climb to the top of the tree faster than all the other competitors? And what will her mother think? This resilient koala is about to learn that parents value more than winning.
Why we chose this story: The feeling of being unnoticed and unappreciated is a common one within every family. Through the story of Koala Lou, children and adults can explore together how to be flexible in plans and manage the big, big feeling of disappointment.
The digital story kits take all the great curriculum ideas we created for our physical story kits in 2020-21 and make them more accessible. For each title, you will receive a copy of the book and a pdf with downloadable arts curriculum, including two reader’s theatre scripts and exercises in writing, acting, visual arts, and movement. These can be purchased for an individual class, a grade band, or an entire school.
We are offering two different in-class, interactive performances this year: Koala Lou and an original class-devised piece called StoryMakers. A Book-It teaching artist will join your individual classroom to perform a piece for, and with, your students. These experiences include a study guide to deepen the discussion of the work, and classes ordering Koala Lou can purchase the digital story kit for a small fee.
$50: Digital Kit for Single Classroom or Homeschool
$125: Digital Kit for Grade Band at School (e.g. all kindergarten classrooms)
$225: Digital Kit for Entire School
$40: Digital Kit Add-On with Purchase of In-Class Performance (Koala Lou only)
$200: In-Class Interactive Performance (Koala Lou)
$200: Public Community Performance (Koala Lou)
$10: Reader’s Theatre Scripts (per title)
FREE: Reader’s Theatre Scripts, Assorted Curriculum, and Teacher Chats
Free and reduced rates are available to all Title 1 schools.
REQUEST KOALA LOU
Join Book-It’s Arts Education team for a FREE, 60-minute workshop on Koala Lou. In the first half, we will explore sample curriculum from Koala Lou programming, and in the second half of our time there will be a Q&A on the content of the curriculum and how to adapt it to fit into your classroom’s needs.
Thursday, December 9
Register for December Chat
Thursday, March 24
Register for March Chat
Koala Lou by Mem Fox, copyright © 1988 by Mem Fox. All rights reserved. Illustrations ©by Pamela Lofts, 1988. Used by permission of the Estate of Pamela Lofts and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. All rights reserved.