Author: Michaela

The Gigantic Book of Genes – Children's Book Week Review

Children’s Book Week is an exciting time for library staff and a chance to read books that we may not usually borrow from the library. This week, I’m reviewing a book from the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Shortlist for Book of the Year 2017. The gigantic book of genes by Lorna Hendry comes from our junior non-fiction collection and has been nominated for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books this year. This book is a clear and interesting introduction to genetics. The large text and bright pictures are appealing to children, whilst providing facts about this fascinating area...

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Storytime with Michaela – Transport

Transport vehicles! Trucks, buses, cars, diggers… the bigger, the better! One of my sons’ first word after mum and dad was “car” and how many parents have giggled at their children’s early attempts at pronouncing “truck”?! Most kids love vehicles, pretending to be riding in them and learning about ways we use them to get around. Books about transport Big yellow digger by Julia Jarman & Adrian Reynolds Ben and Bella head off on an adventure when a box and a chair become a big yellow digger! They are soon joined by animal friends who encourage them to dig a huge...

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Storytime with Michaela – Zoo

Animals are a much-loved topic to share with children. Most kids are more than happy to demonstrate their favourite animal sounds and movements, or to draw pictures. Colours, counting and shapes can also be discussed in relation to animals. Many children are also interested in the differences between zoo animals, wild animals, farm animals and pets, and making lists of these. For my Storytime blog this week, I am focusing on zoo animals which are often exciting for children as we do not see many of these creatures in everyday life. Books about the zoo ABC Zoo by Rod Campbell...

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Storytime with Michaela – Opposites

Big and small, up and down, front and back, right and wrong… Opposites are things, feelings or ideas that are completely different to each other. Books about opposites  We have many books here at Cockburn Libraries that can help your child to understand this concept. Is it big or is it little? by Claudia Rueda This book explores opposites and perspective with minimalist illustrations and text. The cat and mouse experience events from different viewpoints – what is big to the mouse is small to the cat, and so on. Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox This book...

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Storytime with Michaela – Yummy in My Tummy

Mmmmm FOOD! Yummy in my tummy! I’m a sweet-tooth myself, love a bit of chocolate (well, maybe more than a ‘bit’… sometimes closer to a block). I’m also happy with curries, stir-fries, cakes, pizza… and even better if I don’t have to cook it myself. Join us at Success Library on November 22nd or 25th for a special Yummy in my Tummy Storytime and make a tasty treat. Yummy books about food A sausage went for a walk by Ellisha Majid & Peter Kendall This book has a special place in my heart (and tummy!). My mum bought it for my first child when...

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Geocaching in the City of Cockburn

Getting started with geocaching Download the app, check the map for a local find and start hunting. Read the activity log first. You don’t want to go searching for a cache that has been missing for months. Pack lots of snacks and drinks and wear sturdy shoes. Take care of the natural environment and look out for snakes in Summer! Reasons my family enjoys geocaching It can be easily integrated into other hobbies – bushwalking, playground visits, photography, travel, even Pokemon hunting! We often stop for a quick geocache on our way home from outings and after-school activities. Geocaching...

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