National Simultaneous Storytime

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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.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. 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 Grades F to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework.

The National Simultaneous Storytime aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, 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.

St Marys Corner is taking part in the initiative developing a special event for children and parents in May 2015.

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National Simultaneous Storytime

Image caption: On the day, it was fantastic opportunity to enjoy the stories and explore the themes of the book and do some creative activities.

National Simultaneous Storytime book reading

Image caption: Children listening the stories from The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey presented by Rosalie from St Marys Library.

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