Author: Karen

Storytime with Karen – Space

5-4-3-2-1, Blast off! This week’s storytime is all about space. So climb aboard your rocket ships and zoom up to the moon, swing by the stars, and venture to a galaxy far away. Take a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring the Milky Way, asteroids and planets along the way. Inspire your children to reach for the stars. Who knows, you may have a budding astronaut or astronomer. My family went along to Astrofest 2016 at Curtin University in March and looked up at the moon through a variety of powerful telescopes. We also learned that more...

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Storytime with Karen – Frogs

Galumph, went the little green frog one day Galumph, went the little green frog … Frogs and toads are very popular in children’s literature. Frog, Froggy, Bro and Dude, Monty, Freddy the Frogcaster, Tiddalick, Hoppy and Flappy are just some of the frog characters that feature in children’s stories. The story of The Frog Prince is one of the most identifiable fairy tales from The Brothers Grimm. The story has been re-imagined generation after generation because of its timeless story of finding true love. Perhaps the most famous frog character of all is Kermit, who began life in Sesame...

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Storytime with Karen – Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas … The festive season is upon us once more and it is our job to bring the excitement and magic of Christmas to children. The best way to do this is with a book! Every year dozens of new Christmas themed picture books and board books arrive on our shelves. Whether your preference is traditional, familiar, biblical, Australian, heartwarming, uplifting, humorous, silly or simply fun, we have them all. To quote Dr Seuss in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps...

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Storytime with Karen – Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you … Happy Birthday is always a very popular storytime theme. After all, what child under the age of ten doesn’t love a birthday? From a very early age children know about birthdays and birthday parties. This makes Happy Birthday an ideal theme to share with young children who are beginning to make connections between their own experiences with those in books and stories. Images of birthday cake, birthday candles, balloons, presents, fairy bread and party hats will immediately engage young children. And the children always love to tell me how old...

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Storytime with Karen – Up a Tree

One bright kite – that’s enough for me, I’ll keep it away from the kite-eating tree! When was the last time your children climbed a tree? With technology-a-plenty at their fingertips, good old fashioned outdoor fun seems to have become a thing of the past. Why not head to your local park, go on a family bushwalk or nature walk, fly a kite, build a tree house, visit Naturescape at Kings Park, do some bird watching, plant a tree or simply spend some time in the backyard? Unstructured outdoor activity for children has benefits for mental health, social and...

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Snail & Turtle are Friends – Book Week Review

Snail and Turtle are Friends, written and illustrated by Stephen Michael King, has been nominated for Book of the Year: Early Childhood by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) in their 2015 awards short list. Snail and Turtle are Friends is a very simple tale most suited to young children from one to five years of age. As suggested in the title, the two main characters are Snail and Turtle. These two simple characters have a lovely friendship that is not affected by their differences. They like different things and do the same things differently. Snail likes to...

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