The first National Simultaneous Storytime was held during Library and Information Week 2001.
In 2006, approximately 40,000 children at over 620 locations took part in the simultaneous reading of Good night, me written by Andrew Daddo and illustrated by Emma Quay. We read this book last year, it was such a beautiful story.
The Australian Library and Information Association organises National Simultaneous Storytime
in September every year. The aim is to:
- promote the value of reading and literacy
- promote the value of books
- promote an Australian writer and publisher, and
- promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country.
National Simultaneous Storytime provides a great opportunity to involve parents, grandparents,
the press and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion. At the same time, it highlights
the importance of reading and literacy for children, and demonstrates how this can be a fun experience.
This years book is The Magic Hat Written by Mem Fox and National Simultaneous Storytime will be held on Thursday 6 September 2007 at 11:00am.
Visit the The Australian Library and Information Assocation for details on how you can get involved.