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National Simultaneous Storytime 2016

National Simultaneous Storytime 2016

National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 16th 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 Grades F to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework.

About National Simultaneous Storytime

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.

By facilitating National Simultaneous Storytime 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 public libraries and communities around the country;
  • provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

NSS receives positive media coverage, generates a great deal of community interest and is held annually as part of Library and Information Week.

In 2015 over 500,000 children at over 3,100 locations across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime, reading the book The Brothers Quibble, written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey , enjoying a range of supporting educational activities, songs, games, dress ups and lots of fun.

Get involved

This year NSS takes place on Wednesday 25 May at 11am (AEST) and we would love it if you could join us by sharing I Got This Hat written by Jol and Kate Temple.

Register to participate - it's free and we have some great activities and resources available to support your National Simultaneous Storytime event.

Everyone can join NSS - it doesn't matter whether you are a home school, a public library or even a University Library! Invite a local school group into your workplace for a NSS morning tea, have some fun with your staff at an NSS morning tea or donate a copy of the book to your local library or childcare centre. There are endless ways to support NSS.

For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime contact ALIA's Events team.

About the book

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 National Simultaneous Storytime book is:

I Got This Hat

Written By: Jol and Kate Temple

Illustrated By: Jon Foye

Published By: Harper Collins

ISBN 978 0 733 33206 7

I got this hat in China. I got this hat from a miner. I got this hat from a deep-sea diver. I got this hat from a racing-car driver... Hats. Only the headless dislike them. Everyone else loves wearing them! In this fun title we take a peek at the world around us through the playful medium of hats.

Event details

When: 25 May 2016

Registrations Open: 23 Mar 16 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 29 May 16 11:59 PM

Register now and secure your attendance

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