Sheldon, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
SCHOOL VISITS: K - 1
The Bedtime Band is a children's picture book about what the animals in the Aussie bush get up to while the kids are asleep. We talk about the animals that we recognise from our own back yard, the ones we see at the zoo, and the ones that are endangered. Children choose instruments and play along with The Bedtime Band, and they are no longer scared of those noises in the night because now they know it's just the animals having a party!
Year(s) of participation: 2012, 2013, 2014
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
SHELDON COLLEGE in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
MICHELLE MENTORS KIDS AT SHELDON
Michelle spoke to Sheldon College Grade 2 students and shared her books Possum Games and The Bedtime Band, both inspired by her local environment. As part of the visit, students selected and voted for Redlands Wildlife Rescue, a local conservation program that looks after sick and injured animals.
Michelle's wonderful A4ED event made news! Read the Redland City Bulletin article here.
ORMISTON STATE SCHOOL, Ormiston, Queensland, Australia
MICHELLE EMPOWERS YOUNG READERS AT ORMISTON
Ormiston State School directed our donation to the Save the Bilby Foundation.
ST. MARY MACKILLOP PRIMARY SCHOOL, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
MICHELLE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT ST. MARY MACKILLOP
This year, I celebrated Authors for Earth Day with the release of my latest picture book, Start of the Ocean. The Grade 6 students at Mary McKillop primary school have been studying creative writing and making their own picture books so I was very excited to choose them as my nominated class. We talked about how picture books are created, from thinking up the ideas to sending them to a publisher. The children loved hearing the story read to them and choosing an ocean inspired charity to donate the money to. This year, we are supporting The Australian Marine Conservation Society who are Australia's only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes. They are very excited to write their own picture books and are inspired to use the books to build awareness of different charities and environmental concerns. Never underestimate the power of words!
BULIMBA STATE SCHOOL, Bulimba, Queensland, Australia
MICHELLE SPEAKS FOR NATURE AT BULIMBA
The children in Grade 1 at Bulimba State Primary School had a wonderful morning learning about Australian animals. They waddled like wombats, squawked like magpies and hummed like emus. They played musical instruments and danced like the animals in The Bedtime Band. The page with the koalas was their favourite, and the majority voted to adopt a Koala for 1 year through the Australian Koala Foundation. They will receive a certificate and picture of their adopted Koala and can visit it as part of their school excursion. Thank you to Authors for Earth Day for making this possible.