National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime is back for its 21st year! Join us on Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 11:00am as we blast off into space!

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 21st successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using 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 NSS we aim to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy,

  • promote the value and fun of books,

  • promote an Australian writer and publisher,

  • promote storytime activities in libraries and communities around the country,

  • and provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

The event is finished.


May 19 2021


9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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