Participate in Simultaneous Storytime Reading ‘Family Tree’

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Get together with other readers across Australia for the 2022 National Simultaneous Storytime.

This year National Simultaneous Storytime takes place on Wednesday 25 May at 11am (AEST) and will feature the book Family Tree written by Australian singer-song writer, musician and children’s book author Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh.

“It started with a seed, and that seed was me.
And, over time, laughter filled my garden…
A heartfelt celebration of family, community and the seasons of life
to cherish and to share.”

Everyone can join NSS, it doesn’t matter whether you are at home, a school, a public library or even a university library! 

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 22nd 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.

The event is a simultaneous read-aloud event held in libraries, schools, pre-schools, family homes, childcare centres, bookshops, children’s hospitals and communities across Australia and New Zealand, where two nations read together as one.

Families and educators keen to join in the fun and participate in reaching #1millionkidsreading can register at for FREE and have access to a variety of electronic downloads to support their NSS event. Get together with your mums’ or dads’ group and join in on a NSS event at a local library, watch it together or do it virtually via Zoom!

Lake Mac Libraries Event

Join Lake Mac Libraries for a special Storytimes at Morisset Library and Toronto Library on Wednesday 25 May from 11am to 11:30am on Wednesday 25 May. It’s a free event but bookings are required.

Maitland City Library Event

Maitland City Library will also be holding special Storytimes on Wednesday 25 May from 11am on Wednesday 25 May. Contact your local library for bookings.

Craft Activities

The Cleverpatch NSS ebook is now available to download! Cleverpatch are very excited to bring you lots of wonderful, creative and fun crafts. Be sure to check it out here. 

The book is also available to purchase online. Purchase via Scholastic, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Macleans Booksellers, Harry Hartog in Kotara and Greenhills or wherever good books are sold.

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