National Simultaneous Storytime in 2022 to celebrate our diverse community

Canberra, 13 September, 2021: Following the phenomenal success of National Simultaneous Storytime 2021, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is delighted to announce that next year's event will be held at 11am on Wednesday 25 May 2022, with the book Family Tree.
Written by Josh Pyke, illustrated by Ronojay Ghosh, and published by Scholastic Australia, this book is a heartfelt celebration of family, community, and the seasons of life to cherish and share. This book was selected for its values of diversity in our community, in line with ALIA's presidential theme for 2021-2023. 


You can already start preparations for your 2022 event by registering your location and by pre-ordering the book. All registrants will receive a special pack of digital resources to support their participation in this event. National Simultaneous Storytime is supported by LIANZA, Scholastic Australia, Scholastic New Zealand and Cleverpatch. For more information contact [email protected] or see the website


What is National Simultaneous Storytime?

National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage young children to read and enjoy books as well as teach them the value of literacy. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around Australia, New Zealand and the world.