What a fantastic turn out we had for National Simultaneous Storytime 2015. With over 500,000 participants at over 3,000 locations it was by far our biggest year yet! Thank you to everyone who participated, we loved recieving all the stories and images. We can't wait to share them with you, check out events from across Australia below.
St Albans East Primary School, VIC
St Albans East Primary School hosted Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten for their National Simultaneous Storytime event.
Mount Isa City Library, QLD
Mount Isa City Library enjoyed a 'baby showe themed' reading and puppet show as part of the library's NSS 2015 celebrations. Check out a video of their reading here.
Capital Hill Childcare Centre at Parliament House, ACT
Capital Hill Childcare Centra at Parliament House enjoyed the company of Minister for Education Christopher Pyne. The children were very excited and enjoyed the reading from the Minister.
Tenison Woods College, SA
Jackie French best selling author and Children's Laureate read The Brothers Quibble to the children at Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier.
Paint Bankstown REaD event, NSW
The Canterbury Bulldogs had a great time at the Paint Bankstown REaD event, reading The Brothers Quibble and meeting their fans.
Little Bloomers Preschool, NSW
Little Bloomers Preschool enjoyed National Simultaneous Storytime 2015 so much, they wanted to share it with everyone! Check out their video below.
State Library of NSW
Adrian Piccoli Minister of Education, NSW read the book to St Mary's Catholic School from Manly. With over 130 happy children it was a big and wonderful event!
Good Shepherd Catholic Community School, QLD
This year their special guest and storyteller was Aaron Harper who is the new State Member for Thuringowa. Aaron was delighted to have the opportunity to come back to Good Shepherd and read The Brothers Quibble for National Simultaneous Storytime to the year 3 class, he has fond memories of being part of the school as the local Queensland Ambulance Representative and parent.
Kindergarten class at Santa Sabina College Primary Campus, NSW
Maria Thompson from Santa Sabina said this of her NSS experience in 2015: "You see our Kindergarten students were too spontaneous to be simultaneous. From the moment they walked through the door this morning, they pleaded with their teacher to "Read the story. Please read the story about the brothers". How does one say no to the request for a wonderful story like 'The Brothers Quibble". So, with Quibble crowns atop their heads, they laughed, applauded and cheered the story of Spalding and Bunny. Who could ask for anything more?"
Whitlam Library, NSW
Whitlam Library invited Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone and SBS radio presenter Trinh Nguyen to read the book. Mayor Frank Carbone read the book in English and Trinh read it in Vietnamese. We also had free face painting for children, and crown craft activity.
Hatchling House family day care, QLD
"For NSS15 we had a joint playgroup for our Family Day Care children. We used your online resources, crown template was a hit as all the children were given an opportunity to make their own 'Spalding' crown. The children loved the story & identified with it. Sharing with us their own personal sibling story. We read it today again & shared it with parents at pick up. They too could relate :) The book is awesome I'm sure it will remain a popular story time choice!"
St Joseph's School, SA
54 students gathered together and a very animated teacher read the book. After reading the school gathered all the brothers in the school and dubbed them 'Our Brothers Quibble'.
Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne VIC
The author of the book himself Aaron Blabey read the book to over 200 children at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne. A book was given to each child who attended and the Starlight foundation also brought some light entertainment to the day.
Mossman State School, QLD
Students from Mossman State Primary School made crowns to wear to the event and enjoyed reading The Brothers Quibble!