Author: Karen

Kids Books with Karen – Ella Diaries

Series Review WARNING: You are about to read my UTTERLY BIGGEST SECRETS. Can I trust you? Ok then. I’m Ella, and this is my diary. My daughter loves the Ella Diaries series of books written by Australian author Meredith Costain. And my daughter is a reluctant reader (something I have struggled with!) She finds them LOL funny, has read each book in the series ten times over and eagerly looks forward to each new installment. There are currently twelve books in the series and Book 1, Double Dare You, was recently shortlisted for the WA Young Readers Book Award...

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Storytime with Karen – Silly

Dr. Seuss is on the loose. He’s hunting for words that are silly and absurd. To quote Dr. Seuss ‘Fun is good’. And silly stories and rhymes for children can be fun. Which is therefore, good! Silly stories, riddles, rhymes and jokes may suddenly seem hilarious to children as they develop their own sense of humour. To say that most children love jokes would be an understatement. Children like to hear them, tell them and make up their own, often terrible, silly jokes that don’t make any sense! It’s truly joyful seeing and hearing children laugh. So I really...

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Mrs Whitlam – Children's Book Week Review

‘Marnie Clark dreams of owning a horse and having the whole world to ride it in.’ Mrs Whitlam by Bruce Pascoe Like Marnie Clark, I also dreamed of having a horse of my own. My dream horse was pitch black with a white star and I was going to call her Midnight Star. It might have been because my dad had his own horse – a black horse with a white blaze and three white socks. I wasn’t allowed to ride my dad’s horse whose name was Tanda. He was a big horse, part Arab and temperamental. My dad...

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Storytime with Karen – Dragons

All around the castle The knight chased the dragon The dragon thought it was all in fun ROAR went the dragon! Images of dragons can be found in almost every human culture, from prehistoric times to the present day, all around the world. Dragons come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. There are almost as many different types of dragons as there are people to imagine them. Which makes this a great theme for children to imagine their own special dragon. This theme also lends itself to discussing other animals that have scales, other animals that hatch...

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Storytime with Karen – Mother's Day

Wishing all mums a Happy Mother’s Day A mum has two very important jobs to do. One is to look after her children. The other is to do everything else as well!   Mother’s Day honours mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers and mother figures in society. In Australia, it is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May. Flowers, chocolates and cards are popular gifts to symbolise appreciation and gratitude for mums and mother figures on Mother’s Day. And if we consider what mums do, it is not surprising that they have their own...

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Storytime with Karen – Shapes

Shapes in the sky. Shapes on the ground. Shapes are everywhere – look around! Lately, everyone seems to be talking about STEAM. It has become a hot topic in the delivery of library Storytime. But what is STEAM and what does STEAM mean for your preschooler? Well for starters, STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Some of these subjects may seem a bit lofty for young children to grasp. However, children can develop a strong foundation for future learning by exploring STEAM skills and concepts through play, discussion, craft, stories and books. Research has shown that...

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