ALIA in the news for National Simultaneous Storytime 2015

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 15th successful year, it is a vibrant 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 Grades F to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework.

At 11am on 27 May 2015, more than 525,000 participants in more than 3,010 locations including schools, public libraries, kindergartens, childcare centres, bookshops and homes across Australia had the The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey read to them.

There were several prominent figures who participated in NSS. In Canberra, Federal Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, read the book to the children at Parliament House's childcare centre. While in South Australia, Children's Laureate, Jackie French read out loud to 1,500 students at the Mount Gambier Library and Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, participated at St. Albans East Primary School in Victoria.

The national media coverage was vast, find them in the links below.


  1. Central Western Daily
  2. Central Western Daily
  3. Parkes Champion-Post
  4. The Gympie Times

Post NSS

  1. SBS Radio
  2. SBS Australia
  3. The Canberra Times
  4. ABC
  5. ABC South East SA
  6. Central Western Daily
  7. The Cairns Post
  8. The Mercury Tasmania
  9. Western Advocate
  10. Wollondilly Advertiser
  11. Illawarra Mercury
  12. Warwick Daily News
  13. Sunshine Coast Daily
  14. Sunraysia Daily
  15. The Border Mail
  16. News Mail
  17. The Australian (Opinion)
  18. Fairfield City Champion
  19. Bega District News
  20. The Morning Bulletin
  21. The Cooma Express
  22. Glen Innes Examiner
  23. The Guyra Argus
  24. Whyalla News
  25. The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Thursday 28 May 2015 10:00am