Get together with other readers across Australia for the 2019 National Simultaneous Storytime.

This year National Simultaneous Storytime takes place on Wednesday 22 May at 11am (AEST) and will feature the book Alpacas with Maracas written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove.

National Simultaneous Storytime 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.

Everyone can join National Simultaneous Storytime – it doesn’t matter whether you are at home, a mums group or in a playgroup. There will be sessions at day cares, schools and also local libraries.

Newcastle Region Libraries will be hosting a special storytime on Wednesday 22 May at various branches. Suitable for kids aged 3 to 6, sessions are free but bookings are essential. Participating branches include Adamstown Library, Beresfield Library, Mayfield Library, New Lambton Library, Newcastle City Library and Wallsend Library.

Lake Macquarie Library is holding sessions on Wednesday, 22 May at 11am at Belmont Library, Morisset Library, Swansea Library and Toronto. The sessions are suitable for kids aged 3 -8.

Maitland City Library celebrates National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday May 22 at 11am at East Maitland Library, Maitland Library, Rutherford Library and Thornton Library. There will be guest readers, games and activities.