It's Australia's biggest storytime



Same book read to children all over Australia at 11am AEST on 24 May

More than 600 000 are expected to celebrate the joy of reading in the Australian Library and Information Association's (ALIA) National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS).

On Wednesday May 24 at 11am in more than 4500 locations such as libraries, schools, bookshops, hospitals and homes, hundreds of thousands of children will read together, the same book, at the same time.

This annual event aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books during Library and Information Week - 22 - 28 May 2017.

This year the book featured will be The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson, illustrated by Laura Wood and published by Scholastic Australia.

It's a wonderful tale of friendship and 'when at first you don't succeed, try, try again'. Plus it pays homage to the famous and instantly recognisable nursery rhyme.

Sue McKerracher, ALIA's Chief Executive Officer, said: 'We know that storytelling circles, families, schools and friends will have a wonderful time with this story as the cow gazes at the moon and makes many attempts at that high flying leap over it."

"The book inspires children because it tells a tale of never giving up, practicing a difficult skill and, without giving too much away, finally succeeding - with a little help from your friends."

The story is inspired by author Tony Wilson's son, Jack, who has cerebral palsy. Everything that Jack tries to do requires great perseverance and despite sometimes feeling grumpy about setbacks, he will always have another go.

Here's the list of events featuring celebrity readers - please check your local library to see if they have an event. (Please note that these events on our website are correct when this media release was issued but can change at short notice. If media are attending the event, we suggest you call ahead to check details).

Scholastic Australia is the official partner for the event, and along with the author and illustrator, has made a number of resources available to support NSS events.

David Peagram, Managing Director Scholastic Australia, said: 'We are delighted to have another of our extremely talented Australian author's books selected for National Simultaneous Story Time. We feel a very strong connection with this event and its aim to encourage more young Australians to enjoy books and reading – helping children discover the pleasure and power of reading is at the very heart of what Scholastic Australia’s business is built on.'

Australia's favourite storytelling resource, Story Box Library, again joins us to promote NSS. Their video of actor and comedian Eddie Perfect is guaranteed to get kids giggling and reading along to the story.

Using the Story Box Library video of the reading also allows and encourages participation in the event for those isolated school children in remote locations, and those whose parents and or carers may not be confident in reading aloud themselves.

Story Box Library Founder/Director, Nicole Brownlee, said: 'Reading aloud to children is one of the most important factors in improving language and literacy skills, especially in the early years. This is why we wholeheartedly support ALIA's NSS and encourage all those with young children in their lives to get on board and join in the fun!'

National Rugby League is also a partner, and  NRL ambassador Brett Kimmorley plus some other players, will be joining in and reading the book to children on Wednesday 24 May.

It's a fun day with lots of activities shared on social media. Share the fun by using the hashtag #NSS2017

About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.




Heather Wellard, Communications Manager: | 02 6215 8225 | 0409 830 439



Sharon Turner Philanthropy Manager Scholastic Australia:  |0413 944 005



Mark Bohan, Community Manager NRL Learn: | 0429 721 640






Wednesday 24 May 2017 6:00am