National Simultaneous Storytime | Alpacas with Maracas | 22 May 2019

National Simultaneous Storytime 2019

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Now in its 19th successful year, 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 Foundation to Year 6. NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association.

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.

NSS 2019’s book is Alpacas with Maracas – written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove (published by Koala Books)

The aim of National Simultaneous Storytime is to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy
  • promote the value and fun of books
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher
  • promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country
  • provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion


This year NSS takes place on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 10:30am (Adelaide time). Registration to participate is FREE and on Monday 20 May 2019 you will be sent a variety of electronic downloads to support your NSS event. Please note that registrations do not rollover yearly. A new registration must be submitted each year of the event.

Everyone can join NSS, it doesn’t matter whether you are a home, a school, a public library or even a university library! Invite a local school group into your workplace for an NSS morning tea, have some fun with your staff at an NSS morning tea or donate a copy of the book to your local library or childcare centre.


Chosen book for 2019 – Alpacas with Maracas

Macca and pal Al are the best of friends so when there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest together, they just can’t resist. Sure to be a performance to remember, in the process they learn a very valuable lesson!

Click here to order your copy from Scholastic

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Australian Library and Information Association website.

What National Simultaneous Storytime

When: Wednesday 22 May 2019 | 10:30am (Adelaide time)

Where:  At homes, schools, libraries and more all over Australia 

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Australian Library and Information Association website


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