What is Story Box Library?
Story Box Library is a subscription based educational website, created for children to view stories by local authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers.
Story Box Library is being used in classrooms and homes across Australia.
Here is a taste of the wonderful feedback we have been receiving from our members and supporters:
"Having Story Box Library bring my book, Alpacas With Maracas, to life was an absolute blast. The team were professional, organised and had obviously put lots of thought and preparation into the shoot. I mean... we had real life alpacas in a library - not to mention Jimmy Giggle! That requires some serious admin!! I appreciated their creativity and passion in translating my pages into a video that stayed true to the book, but was very engaging and took advantage of the medium. I’m not a natural performer but they were patient and encouraging, and worked magic in the editing suite to somehow make me look, if not good, then at least competent - which is more than I could have ever hoped for! The added extras they captured on the day, like bloopers and behind the scenes footage, were so much fun and helped to create extra engagement for students with my book. At so many of my school visits afterwards, the children and librarians continue to express how much they enjoyed the StoryBox Library video and how often they have watched it."
Matt Cosgrove, author
"We love the way Story Box Library brings our books to life! It's been great seeing such talented actors and comedians take on our books. The reading of I GOT THIS HAT by Anne Edmunds for the National Simultaneous Storytime was hilarious conversely the reading of Room On Our Rock by Jay Laga'aia was really special and we were thrilled to brought the emotion of the book to life. I know Story Box Library has been a great resource for teachers and librarians and we can't wait to see what they do with our next book!"
Kate and Jol Temple, authors
"I adore Story Box Library (we watch you every night – four kids, not enough readers to go around)... One of the thrills of having my title NSS selected was getting the Story Box Library treatment! They use iconic local voices like Eddie Perfect and Jay Laga’aia and everything from the way the book is shot to the sound and sound effects is always a first class production. I heard it again and again after the event. For thousands of kids participating in National Simultaneous Storytime, Story Box Library was the means via which the book was delivered. And for parents like me who subscribe and adore their service, it’s such an honour to know that The Cow Tripped Over the Moon and Hickory Dickory Dash are part of their permanent collection."
Tony Wilson, author
"Thank you for showcasing this little orange book so incredibly. I’m very chuffed and grateful, it looks amazing. You are such a professional outfit and I’m so impressed. The kids are lucky to have such a cool resource."
Michael Speechley, author of The All New Must Have Orange 430
“The picture book ‘I just ate my friend’ is our most popular book with our Kinder, Prep and Year 1 students and I’d like to share the link with all our students because Tim Roger’s performance of it is hilarious! ... I was also pleased to see a former student of ours as one of your performers: Ashleigh Marshall!”
Esther Johnson, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School
"Thank you for your amazing site. Our school students and families love using our subscription and we will be renewing in the coming month. It is wonderful to have stories and literature by Australian authors and illustrators brought to life by your narrators. The inclusion of Premier's Reading Challenge books also takes the pressure off the library to have all the titles in our collection."
Linda Ferris, Teacher Librarian, Bligh Park Public School
"Story Box Library is a fantastic site focusing on Australian titles. Books are read by authors, illustrators and other notable people. A lot of support resources are also provided. A valuable resource I can 100% recommend. My students and their parents love it :)... I love Story Box Library and promote it wherever and whenever I can, even internationally. It truly is a valuable and fantastic resource that brings books to life for students."
Felicia Harris, Teacher Librarian
"The magic of Story Box Library is that beautiful books are shared in a fun and engaging way, without being over animated or oversimplified. This means that the children enjoying the stories still have room to think and dream. In other words, the stories do more than just entertain; they inspire imagination too.
It truly is a gorgeous and wonderful story-sharing site."
Katrina Germein Author/ Teacher/Parent
"I first discovered Story Box Library when I was asked to read one of their stories. I soon found out this wealth of stories told by so many varied and interesting people. I am a mother to two daughters aged 8 & 5. For work we travel a lot and I remember especially when my second daughter was a baby and my eldest was not quite reading on her own, watching a Story Box Library book was a regular treat every night as we toured. The beautiful way the stories are presented with just enough visuals and such a unique array of diverse stories, plus the added bonus of hearing stories told in an Australian accent which we miss when travelling overseas - make this resource a rare gift indeed."
Ali McGregor, singer
"I just wanted to say your new website looks amazing!! I use this at least once a week with my students, they get so excited and start grooving as soon as they hear "a little bit cheeky..."! Keep up the great work."
Philippa Cahill, St Peter's PS, Bentleigh East
“Story Box Library is terrific for encouraging the practice of storytelling and giving your children the experience of being read aloud to - especially when we don't always have the time. There are some familiar faces and it's full of top notch stories - some new and some classics. Definitely worth checking out!”
Daniel Gray-Barrett, Author
"We will definitely be renewing our subscription! I love story box library - it is a fantastic service and well used by myself here in the library but also by all the classroom teachers throughout the school! Keep up the good work!"
Melissa Johnson, Teacher Librarian, Currans Hill Public School
"A home schooling friend of mine suggested that we try the Story Box Library which she has been using at home with her children over the last 6 months. It’s an online resource that showcases Australian children’s books read by a diverse range of Australian storytellers. So, we decided to give it a go and have been using it for a couple of weeks now. My friend who home schools uses it as a facilitator for discussions, as each story comes with classroom notes that are specifically created for the Australian curriculum. We are using the family package and have just been using it at night time as a bedtime tale. My children don’t get a lot of screen time (tv or computers) but this is something nice that we can do together. I can also look at the stories in advance to ensure they are appropriate.
...This is an alternative to going to the library (we don’t have one close by) or purchasing books. This way we have access to many different kinds of books that I probably wouldn’t have thought to look at in the first place."
Olivia Hood, blogger at Everyday Begins New
"Thanks for having me... I had a ball... Long live Story Box Library!"
Alan Brough, Actor / Comedian
"I absolutely love Story Box Library and tell everyone I know about it (I gifted subscriptions to family members and friends for Christmas)!"
Rachel Williams-Duff, Parent
"I love your site and have shared it with so many other teachers! My students love it when we log in and they notice a new book, nearly as much as new picture story books at school (very rare in our rural school). We will definitely be maintaining our subscription while I'm in charge of the Literacy budget!"
Gemma Whinray, Katamatite Primary School
"Can we please renew the Story Box Library, we love it too much to let it expire."
Jenny Mustey, Campaspe Regional Library
"We love it! [Story Box Library]. The children are always excited when new books are added. Thanks for a great service."
Faye Matters, Hawkesdale P12 College Library
"We use it every week in some capacity and are delighted with each new addition to the collection. Thanks so much for providing us with such a rich resource."
Jessica Marston, Hagley Farm School
"Keep up the great work. We use your site many times a day, every class!"
Cate Evans, Melbourne Girls Grammar
"Thank you so much for the excellent resource you and your team have developed! I am loving watching it grow, and our kids love watching the stories. It is always "Can we watch another one?" It engages them in such a different way!"
Jennie Tuvey - Librarian, Fairhills Primary School
"We couldn't survive without Story Box [Library]! It is such a wonderful resource."
Suzanne Young, Serpell Primay School
"I love the look of your new website... which is a huge hit with the children at our school... especially those in the younger grades. I am also using the interviews with the authors / illustrators to inspire my Yr 6 children. These have been great! I am a HUGE fan of Story Box Library and my students are even more so."
Janette Meulen, LibraryTeacher, Prince of Peace Lutheran College
“The reading is fantastic. I love everything about it - the reading, and the whole site. Brilliant.”
Peter Carnavas, Author and Illustrator
"[Story Box Library] is a treasure box full of tall tales and delicious surprises."
"[Story Box Library] is a great Australian initiative that pairs the very best children's literature with the very best performers, to produce videos that can be used for educational – or just storytelling – purposes. After all, there's nothing better than having someone read you a good story!"
"We greatly admire the work you do to promote children's literature! Thank you for your initiatives to share much-loved stories."
"I love new internet finds that ensure we get the best out of the web whilst merging old fashioned charm with new advances in technology. Story box library is kind of like having your own beautifully illustrated library of Australian books at your fingertips, and you even have someone to read them to you. In Australian accents... [the website] is beautifully designed and illustrated and the books have been chosen for their slightly quirky but charming take on life. Having the stories read by Australian voices, and some very funny comedians, also ensures the art of storytelling is alive and well."
Martine Oglethorpe - The Modern Parent
"[Story Box Library] is particularly appealing for our older students due to the personalities reading the stories. We often find it hard to find literacy programs that are age appropriate, but they really enjoyed it. Really looking forward to using it again."
Lesley Prout (Literacy and Numeracy Coach) - Glenroy Specialist School
"As a teacher-librarian I love to use Story Box Library during classes' visits to the Library. Our ELC uses it once a week also. I find that with the older Primary levels we can delve into the author and illustrator features to see what motivates them and how they work. The younger levels just love to hear and see the stories. We sometimes explore a story for its theme or to experience some more from a favourite author or illustrator."
Karelle Stanton (Teacher Librarian) - Edinburgh College
"You made my new job easy and had teachers of all the junior school say yeah, the library is great! You have given them and libraries everywhere an Australian home and school library. Teachers use it with English learners so they can hear stories in English. Teachers use it in comprehension lessons where students listen to different stories and write comprehension questions for each other and then listen to and answer the questions their peers have written previously. Teachers use it as an addition and alternative to their own voice during story time. Teachers use it to 'hear' the author's voice. It has so many applications but mostly it celebrates our amazing Australian authors and illustrators. It's an essential and affordable resource in every library."
Svetlana Paul (Junior School Teacher Librarian) - St Andrew's Cathedral School Sydney
"We have really appreciated the wonderful opportunity for students to listen to the CBCA short listed books that you recently added to your collection. Students appreciate seeing a story presented in a different way! Your selection of books is excellent and it is great to see quality Australian children's literature being featured and I always look forward to new additions to the collection. Our class teachers and pre school have used the collection with their units of work and find it a very useful and engaging resource."
Lyn Pritchard (Teacher Librarian) - Hunter Valley Grammar School
"Riverina Regional Library’s 18 branch libraries love SBL. The titles, the narrators and the website are so easy to use and entertaining for children and adults alike! I love the fun of the theme song and on a personal note: my six year old daughter adores the concept – her favourite part of Playschool on ABC is the storytime and the format of going from the book to the storyteller which is SBL has captured so well. Our libraries utilise the stories on smart boards with large groups of “storytimers”. In addition to storytimes, one branch streamed stories in the park for a shire gala day which was well received by mums, dads and kids! Well done SBL we love the range of titles across different age groups, the quality stories, narrators and all the fun!"
Clare Morey (eServices Development Officer) - Riverina Regional Library
"We absolutely love Storybox library for so many reasons. Last year we paid over $90 in late fines at our library, my daughter is a book worm and I have the memory of a gnat so you can imagine how 20 books after 2 weeks can add up!
It is also a great opportunity to read the book with a view to buying, which is how we used to use the library and for testing the waters when kids move from one age bracket to the next.
Finally it is an awesome gift for children, it's quick and easy to purchase as well as set at that magical price point that I have for birthday and Christmas gifts for kids. A few expat friends of mine are moving back to their home country and this was the perfect Australian gift for their children. This is now my go to gift... I'm always nervous buying books, it can be hit or miss, not with this option! Soooo much to love about this product, well done, it's genius!"
Maala Parameswaran (mum to 4 year old)
"Story Box Library allows the children to listen to stories read to them by someone else other than their class teacher or parent. It is a bonus when it is read by the author of the book. The classroom ideas is very helpful to teachers who wish to do a book study and looking for activities to do with the class.
We have used it in the classroom as well as during Library Lunchtime in Book Week.
As a Librarian, I like the Short Films with the authors and illustrators explaining how they write and illustrate their books. Getting to "meet" the authors and illustrators in Story Box Library is like inviting them to our school for Book Week incursion.
As a school, we thoroughly enjoy using Story Box Library to introduce new books to the children and also books that we already have in our Library. It encourages them to want to borrow these books home to read for themselves or share with their family."
Tina Yap (Library Technician) - Deepdene Primary School & Kew East Primary School
"Minerva School loves Story Box Library with a passion. We are a small school (with a small budget for book purchase) of less than 50 students with special needs. Storybox enables us to access books in an interactive fun way, more engaging for some of our students with Autism.
The classes get to love certain books and then I buy them for the library and they learn to read them and enjoy them more than if they were just given the book at the beginning.
New books are continuing to be added ....... short listed books and theme focused eg. Remembrance day etc.
Minerva School says 'Story Box Library' ROCKS!!!! THANK YOU"
Jenny Marshall - Minerva School
"Story Box is a wonderful resource in our library. A broad and interesting story catalogue that is regularly extended, and beautifully presented. A great combination of authors reading their texts or well known Australians! And the kids love the catchy theme music. Keep up the fantastic job you doing."
Kelly O'Reilly (Teacher Librarian) - Dubbo North
"I had to let you know how much my kids adore Story Box Library. They know all the names of those who read the books, love taking turns choosing a story, and dance in their seats during the beautiful opening animations. It's an absolute treasure. I have some special people in mind who'll be receiving subscriptions for Christmas. Congratulations on a beautiful project that is a much-loved part of our day."
Emma Rickards (Artist & mother of 2), VIC
“Quality Australian Literature combined with a variety of entertaining narrators... a brilliant combination. Thank you Story Box Library for providing such a wonderful resource, which is used by our classroom teachers at every opportunity. The Classroom Ideas are an added bonus.”
Elizabeth Martini (Teacher Librarian) - Mel Maria Catholic PS, WA
"I wear two hats for Story Box Library and both my hats are full of love for this great little site! Firstly, my mother hat loves it because it is rare to find an online site which seems to read my mind and provide content for the messages I love to share, the books I adore to read, and the choice of readers that I want to sit down and have a cup of tea with.
My second hat as a teacher is super impressed for all the same reasons. Story Box Library helps make online stories more meaningful to our school children by giving them Australian authors and the Australian voice reading - about time! And what teacher doesn't need a reliable source to hand you excellent classroom activities to bring these great stories even more to life? Teachers then get to let the meaningful adventure continue off screen. Love all around for Story Box Library.”
Áine Tyrrell (Teacher & mother of 3) - Ocean Grove PS, VIC
"This morning I listened to Mike McLeish read 'Silver Buttons' on Story Box Library. I LOVED this reading!!! And, I’m writing to thank you for enabling us all to access this lovely reading experience. Could you please pass on my thanks and congratulations to Mike McLeish – He read this book so tenderly… He added to the experience and made me enjoy the book even more than I had when I’d first read it myself. I’m sure Bob Graham would be very appreciative also!
Thank you so, SOOOO much for Story Box Library – We LOVE it here at Prince of Peace. The children come into the library with big smiles and ask hopefully, “Are we going into the media room for our story today?”
Janette Meulen (Teacher Librarian) - Prince Of Peace Lutheran College, QLD
“Thank you to all involved for developing such a fantastic learning tool! The kids all love it, and I sat in with the 5/6’ers yesterday when they were watching 'I Was Only Nineteen'. A great discussion starter. Awesome. I look forward to it becoming an integral part of my library program.”
Jennie (Teacher Librarian) - Fairhills PS, VIC
“We have recently subscribed to Story Box Library at our school. We find the books age appropriate and easy to incorporate into the Guided Reading session as visual and spoken texts. The teachers' resources are full of engaging and practical ideas. Our students particularly enjoy the growing selection of Indigenous writers and stories.”
Carol Carey (Teacher) - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Waterloo, NSW