National Simultaneous Storytime 2018

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is pleased to announce that Wednesday 23 May 2018, marks the 18th National Simultaneous Storytime event, an annual advocacy campaign hosted by ALIA. Each year, a picture book is selected for a simultaneous reading event in libraries, schools, pre-schools, family homes, childcare centres, bookshops, children’s hospitals and communities across Australia. This year for the first time, children in New Zealand will join in and two nations will read together simultaneously. 

Last year The Cow Tripped over the Moon, was read by author Tony Wilson and streamed live over Facebook, as over 680,000 readers in more than 6000 event locations across the country read along. This year Tony will be in RCH Melbourne on Wednesday 23rd May at 11am AEST to read the sequel, Hickory Dickory Dash, written by Tony and illustrated by Laura Wood.

'If the theme for last year’s book was perseverance and resilience, the message in this story is love, determination, courage and togetherness,’ explains Tony. ‘I couldn’t be more delighted that we have again been selected for National Simultaneous Storytime. Last year was a very special moment and one of the greatest achievements in my creative life, and I can’t wait to see if we can nudge our target of a million registered storytimers.’

Other well-known readers include Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, at the National Library of Australia; veterinarian and author Dr Lisa Chimes; the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training; Matthew Bowen from the North Queensland Cowboys at City Libraries Townsville; and personal trainer, best-selling fitness, nutrition and mindset author and busy working mum Michelle Bridges will be reading at SDN Woolloomooloo. There will be events up and down the country – see the website, and ask at your local library for details.

With New Zealand joining the event for the first time, ALIA and Scholastic are aiming to have more than 900,000 children participating. ‘We are again thrilled to partner with ALIA on this fantastic literacy initiative,’ says David Peagram, Managing Director of Scholastic Australia and New Zealand, ‘and we are especially excited to share the opportunity with kids in New Zealand this year to engage in reading through such a fun event with other kids across Australia.’ 

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. 

Contact:  Greg Bell, Communications Coordinator | | 02 6215 8222


Tuesday 22 May 2018 5:00pm