Author: Michaela

Storytime with Michaela – Sleepy

Ahhh sleep… my old friend… I used to feel guilty over ‘wasting’ my weekends snoozing, staying in bed till midday then indulging in an afternoon nap on the sofa. Until I had kids. Both of mine were highly skilled at night waking. All night, every night, until they were over 2 (normal baby/toddler sleep!). I still regularly get a “Mum, can I get in your bed?” in the small hours of the morning. I treasure those sleepy cuddles now as I know it won’t be too long before they grow out of wanting them. But after nine years of...

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Storytime with Michaela – Farms

Welcome to my Storytime blog about FARMS! I chose this topic because I live on a small farm myself. We have baby goats, sheep, an alpaca, chickens, bees, a dog and two cats. I have previously blogged about some of the ways we are using our land. Since then, we have dug a massive dam and planted lots of vegetables and fruit trees. If you are interested in sustainability in and around your home, check out the City of Cockburn’s 2016 Sustainable Living Events Booklet. Many children love farms. The animals, the dirt, the open spaces… so much outdoor fun to...

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Storytime with Michaela – Royalty

“And we’ll never be royals… royals…” I did believe I could be a princess one day (hey, it worked out for Mary!) especially after I was taken to see Diana in 1983. I was searching to find the date of her Perth visit and found this photo which I am 95% sure is me! I loved that outfit (black velvet knickerbockers – so 80s!) and had been the victim of a bodgy home haircut attempt earlier that year.   But I digress… kings, queens, princes, princesses and the rest – royals have been the subject of many rumours, movies,...

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Storytime with Michaela – Rabbits

From sweet, fluffy bunnies to wascally wabbits, a pest to farmers, or common roadkill… rabbits are everywhere! And children’s authors love to create all sorts of interesting characters from this furry animal. My own experience with a pet rabbit is a bit depressing – a little brown bunny called Milo. As with all small pets, I adored him and he died. Mum comforted me and told me I could get another rabbit, a dwarf rabbit even! A couple of weeks later, I told her I was over Milo and was ready for his replacement but she replied that she...

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Talking books for kids

Talking books! As a family of big readers, these are something we haven’t used much over the years (although read-along books with CDs were a blessing when I had a newborn and toddler). I was showing a library patron our junior audiobook collection just before the school holidays and thought I’d give them a go too… my kids love them! First, we heard a collection of short stories by Morris Gleitzman, Pizza cake : and other funny stories, and we’re currently listening to J.A. Mawter’s So gross, feral and sick! which is as nauseating for me to hear as it is hilarious to my six and eight year...

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Julia Donaldson… not just The Gruffalo!

Whenever I am asked my favourite author of picture books, I never hesitate to say Julia Donaldson. Many families know and love her most famous books – The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child – and rightfully so, these books are excellent! The easy-to-read rhythm and rhymes, the cute and cheeky characters, the triumph of small over big, the appeal to a range of ages… all combine to make these books extremely popular. Cockburn Libraries hold The Gruffalo in a range of formats – picture books, board books, talking books, songs, a play and DVDs. But The Gruffalo was just the introduction in our...

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