Participate in a Virtual National Simultaneous Storytime Reading ‘Give Me Some Space!’

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Get together with other readers across Australia for the 2021 National Simultaneous Storytime.

This year National Simultaneous Storytime takes place on Wednesday 19 May at 11am (AEST) from the International Space Station and will feature the book Give Me Some Space! written by Philip Bunting and published by Scholastic Australia.

“Una dreams of a life in Space. Life on Earth is just so so-so. But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?”

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 21st 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!

International Space Station Reading

This year the book will be read by the astronaut Dr Shannon Walker from the International Space Station. ALIA, along with the Australian Space Agency and The Office of the Chief Scientist, and with help from Science Time From Space, will bring an additional science and educational component to National Simultaneous Storytime in 2021. Astronauts will do a science demonstration on the International Space Station emulating the heat balances between the sun/Earth/space. Please note, the experiment videos and instructions on how to participate in the citizen science will only be shared with registered participants. 

Lake Mac Libraries Event

Join Lake Mac Libraries for a special Storytime read live by an astronaut from the International Space Station at Warners Bay Theatre live streamed. The event runs from 11am – 11:30am on Wednesday 19 May. It’s a free event but bookings are required. Copies of the books will be available for sale on the day. Eftpos only.

Craft Activities

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

The book is also available to purchase online. Purchase via Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Macleans Booksellers or wherever good books are sold.

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