Recreate in-person storytime with Storybox Australia! Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, storytimes have been cancelled around the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter region. While understandable, it’s disappointing for those families who regularly go to their local library or to Newcastle Museum to hear books being read aloud. However, Storybox Australia is a great in-home alternative. It features 306 stories read by our favourite Australian storytellers and its completely free if you belong to a local library. It’s a fantastic at-home option and one that we hope that local families will use after the pandemic.
You can listen to Aaron Blabey read his books Pig the Pug, Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas, Noni Hazelhurst reading Jackie French’s Diary of a Wombat or Nick Cave lend his voice to The Ghost of Annabel Spoon.
There’s a variety of books that are suitable for preschool and primary aged children. It’s easy to scroll through the books or you can search for specific authors, themes or specific age groups using the filter.
Access via local libraries
To access this free storytime, you’ll need to log into Storybox Australia, select your library and enter your library card number.
If you’re a member of Newcastle Libraries, click here to access Storybox Australia.
If you’re a member of Lake Mac Libraries, click here to access Storybox Australia.
If you’re a member of Maitland City Library, click here to access Storybox Australia.
If you’re a member of Singleton Library, click here to access Storybox Australia.
You can watch on any internet-enabled device including phones and tables and it’s ad-free, safe, educational screen time.
Access for local schools and teachers
Storybox Australia is also working to support educators in continuing to provide a learning program to students in the cases of school closures and home isolation. Schools across the globe are responding to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and in some cases schools have closed or are making preparations for a potential closure. Story Box Library aims to assist schools that are closed by providing free access for an initial two months during these uncertain and unprecedented time. They have put together a simple, step-by-step guide about this offer of help, for teachers and schools to use.
Started in late 2012 by a local mum and newcomer to Newcastle, Newy with Kids has grown into a thriving go-to family guide for the Newcastle & Hunter region. Parents visit the Newy with Kids website to find things to do with babies, kids and teens. Whether it’s local attractions, upcoming events, kids eat free, school holiday activities or birthday party ideas, Newy with Kids is the best website for local parents to find local kid-friendly activities and information 24/7.