ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2018

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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 18th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

By facilitating NSS we aim to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy,
  • promote the value and fun of books,
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher,
  • promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country,
  • and provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

NSS receives positive media coverage, generates a great deal of community interest and is held annually as part of Library and Information Week. 2017 was our biggest and most successful NSS to date with 686,324 participants at over 6,129 locations.

This year NSS takes place on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 11am (AEST) and we would love it if you could join us by sharing Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood. Register to participate - it's free and on Monday 21 May 2018 we will send you a variety of electronic downloads to support your NSS event. Please note that registrations do not rollover yearly. A new registration must be submitted each year of the event. Everyone can join NSS, it doesn't matter whether you are a home, a school, a public library or even a university library! Invite a local school group into your workplace for an NSS morning tea, have some fun with your staff at an NSS morning tea or donate a copy of the book to your local library or childcare centre. There are endless ways to support NSS.


  Hickory Dickory Dash

  Written By: Tony Wilson
  Illustrated By: Laura Wood
  Published By: Scholastic Australia



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


Tony Wilson is an author and broadcaster who has been writing books for children for more than a decade. In 2016, the bestselling The Cow Tripped Over the Moon soared to 2016 CBCA Honour Book status, and other titles such as Grannysaurus Rex, Harry Highpants, The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas, The Emperor’s New Clothes Horse, and Emo the Emu are also favourites. Tony lives in Melbourne with his four children and wife, Tamsin. Apart from writing for children, he’s also written novels for adults (Players, Making News), appeared regularly on radio (3RRR, ABC Local, SEN), started the speeches site ‘Speakola’, and directed a feature documentary, ‘The Galahs’, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016.

NSS 2018 is made possible by the generous support of our partners:


For the very first time we are delighted to be joined in NSS by our New Zealand colleagues.

We are thrilled to announce that our Story Box Library storyteller is none other than actor, singer and Playschool legend, Jay Laga'aia! Register now and on Monday 21 May 2018, you will receive a variety of electronic downloads plus free access to over 180 stories from Story Box Library including Jay Laga'aia's reading of the story available from 21-23 May 2018. Click here to view the video




We (with thanks to Tony Wilson, Laura Wood and Scholastic Australia) have made a number of resources available to support your NSS event. All artwork, downloads and digital presentations are licensed for use only in conjunction with NSS events and activities. Please see the permissions from the publisher below for more information.


Print graphics - FlyerLetterhead

Web graphics - Book coverBannerEmail signatureSocial media tile

Ideas for your event 

Click here for great activity inspiration and ideas. 

Teachers' notes

Click here to download the NSS2018 Teachers' notes.


Digital presentations of the book will be emailed to all registered participants on Monday 21 May 2018, so please ensure that you register before then to receive all resources. Please note that digital presentations of the book will be available only until Friday 25 May 2018.

Watch the Scholastic website and catalogues for more support and fun ways to participate in this important event:

Merchandise will be available soon to purchase from the ALIA shop.
Please place your order prior to 9 May 2018 to ensure delivery of your items prior to NSS.

Postage charges will apply to all international orders. 

  • Small orders up to 500g - $12
  • Medium orders 500g to 1kg - $25
  • Large orders 1kg - $35

New Zealand participants should email their order to

Scholastic Australia have given the below permissions for NSS 2018.

On all occasions the below permissions will be limited to only the date of the event and to publicity surrounding the event:

  • Registered participants may use the provided PDF of the book on whiteboards and/or projection screens.
  • Registered participants may present a translation of the book during the event with the condition that the translation is not printed or distributed and is used for the event only.
  • Registered participants may present a dramatisation of the book with the condition that the presentation occurs only in connection with the event. The dramatisation may be live streamed and/or downloaded to YouTube or school intranet sites or via podcast.
  • Registered participants may have an interpreter translate and read the book in another language with the condition that the presentation occurs only in connection with the event.
  • Registered participants may use an image of the book cover for NSS promotion.
  • Permission for participating organisations to use the digital presentations of the book provided by ALIA for NSS storytelling.

For any other use of the book in conjunction with NSS 2018 please contact ALIA's Events team.

Please click here to view the highlights of NSS2018. We love hearing about your NSS event, so please send your stories, photos and videos to or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NSS2018.

The first NSS was held during Library and Information Week 2001. From 2002 - 2007 NSS took place during National Literacy and Numeracy Week. In 2008, due to popular demand NSS returned to Library and Information Week with great success and continues to attract a wide audience from around Australia.

  • 2017 - The Cow Tripped over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Illustrated by Laura Wood
  • 2016 - I Got This Hat by Jol and Kate Temple and Illustrated by Jon Foye
  • 2015 - The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey
  • 2014 - Too Many Elephants in this House by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
  • 2013 - The Wrong Book by Nick Bland
  • 2012 - The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
  • 2011 - Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement
  • 2010 - Little White Dogs Can't Jump by Bruce Whatley and Rosie Smith and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  • 2009 - Pete the Sheep by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  • 2008 - Arthur written by Amanda Graham and illustrated by Donna Gynell
  • 2007 - The Magic Hat written by Mem Fox and Illustrated by Tricia Tusa
  • 2006 - Good night, Me by Andrew Daddo and illustrated by Emma Quay
  • 2005 - Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughan and Pamela Lofts
  • 2004 - Muddled-up Farm written by Mike Dumbleton and illustrated by Jobi Murphy
  • 2003 - I don't want to go to school written by Christine Harris and illustrated by Craig Smith  
  • 2002 - Mrs Wilkinson's Chooks by Leone Peguero and Mike Spoor
  • 2001 - Edward the Emu written by Sheena Knowles and illustrated by Rod Clement

For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime, contact ALIA's Events team.