Michelle is an international award-winning author and business woman. Two-time winner of the International Book Award and finalist in the USA Best Book Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in literature.
Michelle was the recipient of the 2018 AusMumpreneur Gold Award for Business Excellence and the winner of the 2018 Redlands BaR award for Best Start Up Business.
Michelle is also a real life book fairy. Her magic powers include turning coffee into award-winning books. As Founder of Share Your Story Australia, she waves her wand to coach aspiring authors and illustrators all over the world achieve their dreams of publication.
Michelle’s first picture book with Daisy Lane Publishing, The Wind and The Mouse, is the first in a series of books for The Willing Kids Program which aims to help literacy by addressing mental health issues.
To find out more about Michelle head to her website at michelleworthington.com
Wind and Mouse
Released March 2020
Have a listen to the first story in Michelle's Willing Kids Program which encourages literacy. The second book in the series, The Mouse and The Egg will be released in January, 2021.
The Willing Kids program
Our focus is to improve literacy by improving mental health. Improving mental health builds literacy.
Our Willing Leaders inspire, motivate and engage. The goal is to give kids the skills to help them self-manage their emotions when facing life’s, friends and family stresses.
Imagine the analogy of thoughts and feelings being stuck in an ‘emotional volcano’. Everyone has different thoughts and feelings throughout the day. When we don’t express those thoughts and feelings they stay stuck in the volcano bubbling away then the emotions erupt. You know what happens next the crying, hitting and kicking …..
That’s where Willing Kids Program enters the scenario to assist our children to self-manage.
Develop skills to have a healthy connection to self and others
Positive wellbeing and happiness
Improved literacy supports mental health
Improved mental health builds literacy
Use new communication skills to resolve conflict
To have a new language for expression
Empowers children to choose and build supportive and strong relationships
Have confidence and self-worth.
Children will experience ‘3 Conscious Choices’ using storytelling, fun, animations and a talking circle. They journey down Investigator Drive to find the meaning for themselves of each Conscious Choice, speak what that means for them if they would like and learn ways to manage the feelings as they surface.
The Willing Kids ‘3 Conscious Choices Program’:
The 3 CC”s have been chosen from our foundational ‘9 Conscious Choices’ framework from our ‘WILLING’ Programs for parents, men and women.
How long is the program?
The one hour program has a flexible framework and can include any activities such as dance and or meditation that the group relates too.
Who is the program suitable for?
Children who are aged between 3 to 7 years and Parents, Grandparents, Teachers and Carers who have and work with children of those ages.