How it all started


Leanne Murner is a multi-award-winning Author, international speaker, designer and Entrepreneur based in Newcastle, NSW. Mother to five boys, Leanne's successful and in-demand wooden and educational online toy store is named 5 Little Bears to recognise her boys in her legacy.

Leanne created Australian themed and wooden educational toy ranges. She swiftly increased her portfolio to include Australian-themed sensory play, games, puzzles, and more handmade in NSW. Additionally, expanding to offer diverse themes, including transport, space, dinosaurs, understanding emotions, Australiana and Flora and Fauna.

Leanne authored an award-winning children's book series, illustrated by Kat Fox. Each book educates kids to identify native flora and fauna, who and what relies on them to survive, their ecosystems and how kids can help them survive extinction. Thrillingly, one of these books, 'Franki and the Banksia', won the Nature category award at the prestigious NYC Big Book Awards 2021.

The demand for 5 Little Bears high-quality, eco-friendly and educational products have gained international interest, with stockists in Canada, United States, Switzerland, Philippines, New Zealand and Taiwan.