Australia's biggest single storytelling session, 11am on Wednesday 22 May 2013

Each year, ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime is celebrated in schools, public libraries, kindergartens, childcare centres, bookshops and homes across Australia. This year, more than 410,000 children at over 2,300 locations will have Nick Bland’sThe Wrong Book (Scholastic Australia) read to them at 11am on 22 May. 

 
National Simultaneous Storytime began in 2000 and participation rates have increased every year. This year’s figures are more than 10% up on 2012. ALIA’s President Julie Rae explained, “The thirteenth National Simultaneous Storytime highlights the importance of reading and literacy and aims to foster a lifelong love of reading, books and storytelling in children. It’s the perfect chance to shine the spotlight on the role libraries play in promoting literacy in their communities”.
 
Some of the highlights this year will include a storytime session at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne; the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Quentin Bryce as a special guest reader at Customs House Library in Sydney and the book’s author Nick Bland reading atTaminmin Community Library in the Northern Territory.
 
Scholastic Australia is delighted to be the official National Simultaneous Storytime 2013 sponsor. Scholastic Managing Director David Peagram said, ‘For us at Scholastic, enriching children’s lives through a love of reading is the very foundation of our business. To have one of our children’s picture books chosen for the second year in a row is a glowing testament to Scholastic’s achievements in meeting children’s reading needs. We are overjoyed to have Nick Bland’sThe Wrong Book chosen as the official Storytime book and to partner with ALIA in helping to celebrate and encourage a love of reading in all Australian children.’
 
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TO ARRANGE INTERVIEWS: Contact Christina Granata, Events Manager, Australian Library and Information Association on 02 6215 8214 or christina.granata@alia.org.au.
 
Released
Monday 20 May 2013 8:30am