National Simultaneous Storytime

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 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy.

While face-to-face events may not be happening in your community, there is no reason you can’t join in from home. This year we encourage all playgroups and playgroup families to join us from the comfort of home.

Join #1millionkidsreading on Wednesday 27 May at 11 for National Simultaneous Storytime by ALIA, and enjoy Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas, written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford. If you don’t have your own copy, you can still read along and watch online. With so many organisations joining the fun virtually this year, we thought we would share a few of our favourites…

Enjoy a live stream by Mrs Hurley on the Governor-General’s Facebook Page: click on the Event Link to RSVP. Following the story, the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley will answer questions from children across Australia. 

StoryBox with Emma Wiggle:

Story Time with Denise Scott and Play School’s Henny Penny:

“Whitney and Britney are two gorgeous chooks who live alongside Dora von Dooze. But Dora is perplexed – why do her dear chickens seem to sleep all day long? Dora decides to snoop. She follows the chooks out at night to the local jazz club where she discovers, to her amazement, that they are Whitney and Britney: Chicken Divas!”

Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas
Written and illustrated by: Lucinda Gifford.
Published By: Scholastic Australia

Visit Scholastic Australia’s website to purchase your copy of the book.