This is such an awesome idea! All across Australia, in hundreds of different locations - just about anywhere - participants of the National Simultaneous Storytime event, will be reading the same book at exactly the same time! That is pretty impressive!
National Simultaneous Storytime (or NSS) is held by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), with this year marking its 19th successful year. Every year a picture book that has been written and illustrated by a carefully selected Australian author/illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year's fabulous book is titled 'Alpacas with Maracas' by Matt Cosgrove.
National Simultaneous Storytime is a graphic, dramatic and stimulating fun event, with the main purpose of promoting the value of reading and literacy, utilising an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
By facilitating the annual National Simultaneous Storytime, the Australian Library and Information Association aims to:
promote the value of reading and literacy
promote the value and fun of books
promote an Australian writer and publisher
promote story time activities in public libraries and communities around the country, and
provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy this special occasion
2018 was the best year to date for National Simultaneous Storytime, with over one million participants, at more than eight thousand locations, throughout Australia.
Anybody and everybody can join the National Simultaneous Storytime event, no matter whether you are at home, at a school, a public library or even a university library
Invite a school group into your workplace for a National Simultaneous Storytime morning tea or donate a copy of this year's book, 'Alpacas with Maracas', by Matt Cosgrove to your local library or childcare centre
A bit about this year's book, Alpacas with Maracas
Macca and his buddy, Al, are the best of friends and just love to be together. An opportunity crops up to enter a talent contest, which they just cannot resist. But, what will their act be? Will they shimmy and shake? Dance and prance? Whatever Macca and Al decide, it's sure to be a memorable performance.
Alternatively, readers can create their own 'mothers and bubs' story time event at one of the ten Story Seat locations. Just remember to register beforehand so that the organisers can keep track of participants and locations.
I love reading and personally think the National Simultaneous Storytime event is a fabulous opportunity for parents and grandparents to get together, to help instil a love of reading into children. Reading brings adventure, reading brings make-believe worlds and reading brings drama! Once a reader, always a reader …