The National Simultaneous Storytime event, hosted by the Australian Library and Information Association, will be going ahead this year as usual. This will be the 20th year that the special event has taken place and you can take part in it on Wednesday 27 May, 11:00am EST.
Each year a picture book is selected to be read-aloud in libraries, schools, childcare centres, children’s hospitals and bookshops simultaneously, all across Australia and New Zealand. However, due to restrictions brought about by COVID-19, this year’s storytime will be virtual instead. Hoping to reach over 1 million kids across both nations, the book Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford, published by Scholastic Australia, can be read online from the comfort of your home, classroom or wherever you are.
Teachers and families can join in the fun by registering at alia.org.au/nss for FREE, which will also give you access to some cool downloadable craft activities. From here you can also purchase the book to keep with you. To spread the message of the event and get as many of your friends involved as possible, use their colouring in sheets and put them in your windows. You can even win a free, signed copy of the book and merchandise! Take a photo of how you are sharing the message of the storytime event with everyone and use the hashtag #NSS2020 when uploading it to social media to win of five free packs.
Last year’s storytime event saw over 1 million readers over more than 11,000 different locations joining in with Matt Cosgrove as he read his book, Alpacas with Maracas. This year, to make it even more special, Scholastic Australia will be giving children within the major children’s hospitals a free copy of the book.
Scholastic Australia is part of Scholastic Inc, the world’s largest children’s publisher and distributor of books and more. They are proud to be supporting this amazing initiative, which not only promotes children’s literacy but keeps us all connected at a time when we need it most.
About the creator
Lucinda Gifford is a multi-talented, award-winning author and illustrator. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. Despite being a self-appointed Photoshop guru, she is equally happy creating her illustrations with ink, pencil, charcoal and gouache.