National Simultaneous Storytime

Coffs Harbour Library has been participating in the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) National Simultaneous Storytime since its inception in 2001 with Rod Clement’s Edward the Emu.

Each year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is selected to be read on the same day and at the same time in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. The inaugural event was held in Library and Information Week in 2001, following a highly successful state-wide storytime in Victoria in 2000. The event was then moved to National Literacy and Numeracy Week in September between 2002 and 2007 then in 2008, due to demand, returned to Library and Information Week in May.

The aim of National Simultaneous Storytime is to encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books while promoting Australian writers, illustrators and publishers. The event generates lots of positive media and community interest and is a great way to promote regular storytime and children’s events in the library.

In 2013, Nick Bland’s The wrong book was dramatised by Coffs Harbour Library’s Storytime team to play on the book’s character Nicholas Ickle’s line of  “Go away! You’re in the wrong book”. Staff performed the story but kept reading the ‘wrong book’ by jumping to other familiar children’s stories that contain similar characters. The performance was a lot of fun for children, their families and staff alike with visits from an elephant, a pirate, a monster, rats, Pinocchio, and even the Queen!

The wonderful Australian picture books that have been shared for this event throughout the years have been:

Coffs Harbour Library looks forward to sharing many more years of National Simultaneous Storytimes to come.

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