It began with a husband and wife, a love of language learning, and a passion for books. Robert and Rachel Noorda began Thunderstone Books in 2014 to meet the need for cultural and language education in an increasingly global and interconnected world. They first noticed the need for bilingual books in reaction to a rise in Chinese and Spanish immersion programs for children in their area. When Rachel and Robert moved to the UK for a few years while Rachel finished school, they met an equally strong interest in language education. Now they publish educational children’s books in areas such as language learning, mental health, and science.
Rachel Noorda has a PhD in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling where she researched marketing Scottish books internationally. She is a beginning Mandarin Chinese and Scottish Gaelic speaker with a passion for languages and learning.
Robert Noorda has created Chinese language courses for Middlebury Interactive Languages and now works as a science teacher at Williamsburg Academy. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese with a minor in Business from Brigham Young University—where he first met Rachel.
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