Participate in a Virtual National Simultaneous Storytime Reading ‘Whitney & Britney Chicken Divas’

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Get together with other readers across Australia for the 2020 National Simultaneous Storytime virtually.

This year National Simultaneous Storytime takes place on Wednesday 27 May at 11am (AEST) and will feature the book Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas written by Lucinda Gifford and published by Scholastic Australia.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 20th 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. Usually, this 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.

However, with COVID-19, National Simultaneous Storytime will be virtual with families and schools engaging in an online storytime event.  The aim is to reach over 1 million kids across Australia and New Zealand reading the same book at the same time, no matter whether they are in the classroom or in the comfort of their own homes.

Families and educators keen to join in the fun and participate in reaching #1millionkidsreading can register at for FREE and have access to downloadable craft activities that can be enjoyed in the classroom or at home. 

You can also watch Emma Watkins (Emma the Yellow Wiggle) read Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas on Storybox. Register for Storybox and receive free access to the entire library including the Emma’s reading.

Get together with your mums’ group and watch this together or do it virtually via Zoom!

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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