ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2024

 

ALIA is delighted to announce that the National Simultaneous Storytime book for 2024 is

Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker.

 

NSS 2024 will be held on Wednesday 22nd May 2024 at the new time of 12pm (AEST)

   

 

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, family day cares, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 24th 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 that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

By facilitating NSS we aim to: 

  • promote the value of reading and literacy, 
  • promote the value and fun of books,
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher, 
  • celebrate and promote storytime activities in public libraries, school libraries, classrooms and communities around the country,
  • and provide opportunities to involve parents, caregivers, the media, and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

NSS receives positive media coverage and generates a great deal of community interest. 2023 was our biggest and most successful NSS to date with over 2.3 million participants at over 59,000 locations!

What do we look for in the National Simultaneous Storytime book?

Each year, interested publishers send in possible titles. From a practical perspective, the publisher has to be able and willing to provide copyright release for use of the illustrations, book projection, translation into other languages and performance. The publisher also needs to commit to a special print run of several thousand copies. This narrows down the options. The criteria for choosing from the remaining books include: a positive storyline; appeal to a modern and diverse audience; suitability for read-aloud (language and length); how well the book lends itself to craft and other activities.

Joined again by LIANZA for the sixth year of bringing NSS to our friends in New Zealand.

  

NSS Resources

 

We (with thanks to Aura Parker and Scholastic Australia) have made a number of resources available to support your NSS event. All artworks, downloads and digital presentations are licensed for use only in conjunction with NSS events and activities. Please see the permissions from the publisher below for more information.

Images: Flyer | Banner |  Email Signature |

Scholastic Teacher notes | Activity Ideas for Teacher Librarians and Primary Teachers | Teacher Notes for the ECEC Sector | Shared Storytelling Ideas for Children's Librarians and Parents

Activities:  Colouring Page | Seek and Find 1 | Seek and Find 2 | Bowerbird Blues Diorama

 

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Oh, how I love the sky….

And moving through

The marvellous BLUE

About the author

Aura Parker is an award-winning illustrator, writer and designer. Her picture books are joyful with a playful sense of humour, brimming with details to explore. Aura Parker’s storytelling though words and pictures inspires imagination, courage and confidence in young readers as well as a love, curiosity and passion for nature.

 

 

NSS 2024 is made possible by the generous support of our publishing partner Scholastic Australia.

We also thank our official NSS supporters for their help in providing NSS participants amazing resources.

 

  

Scholastic Australia and the author Aura Parker have given the below permissions for NSS 2024.

On all occasions the below permissions will be limited to only the date of the event and to publicity surrounding the event:

  • Registered participants may use the provided PDF of the book on whiteboards and/or projection screens.
  • Registered participants may present a reader's theatre dramatisation of the book with the condition that the presentation occurs only in connection with the event. The dramatisation may be live streamed and/or downloaded to YouTube or school intranet sites or via podcast.
  • Registered participants may present the book as a puppet show with the condition that the presentation occurs only in connection with the event. The dramatisation may be live streamed and/or downloaded to YouTube or school intranet sites or via podcast.
  • Registered participants may present the book as a storytelling with the condition that the presentation occurs only in connection with the event. The dramatisation may be live streamed and/or downloaded to YouTube or school intranet sites or via podcast.
  • Registered participants may have an interpreter translate and read the book in another language with the condition that the presentation occurs only in connection with the event.
  • Registered participants may use an image of the book cover for NSS promotion.
  • Registered participants may use the printed or electronic materials provided by ALIA for promotion provided materials are not altered. All promotions should reference ALIA as the event organiser.
  • Permission for participating organisations to use the digital presentations of the book provided by ALIA for NSS storytelling.

All permissions and resources apply for the period of Monday 20 May 2024 until and including Saturday 22 June 2024 only.

For any other use of the book in conjunction with NSS 2024 please contact ALIA's Events team.

 

The first NSS was held during Library and Information Week 2001. From 2002 - 2007 NSS took place during National Literacy and Numeracy Week. In 2008, due to popular demand, NSS returned to Library and Information Week with great success and continues to attract a wide audience from around Australia.

  • 2023 - The Speedy Sloth by Rebecca Young and illustrated by Heath McKenzie
  • 2022 - Family Tree by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh
  • 2021 - Give me some Space! by Philip Bunting
  • 2020 - Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford
  • 2019 - Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove
  • 2018 - Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Willson and illustrated by Laura Wood
  • 2017 - The Cow Tripped over the Moon by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood
  • 2016 - I Got This Hat by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye
  • 2015 - The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey
  • 2014 - Too Many Elephants in this House by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
  • 2013 - The Wrong Book by Nick Bland
  • 2012 - The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
  • 2011 - Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement
  • 2010 - Little White Dogs Can't Jump by Bruce Whatley and Rosie Smith and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  • 2009 - Pete the Sheep by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  • 2008 - Arthur written by Amanda Graham and illustrated by Donna Gynell
  • 2007 - The Magic Hat written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Tricia Tusa
  • 2006 - Good night, Me by Andrew Daddo and illustrated by Emma Quay
  • 2005 - Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughan and Pamela Lofts
  • 2004 - Muddled-up Farm written by Mike Dumbleton and illustrated by Jobi Murphy
  • 2003 - I don't want to go to school written by Christine Harris and illustrated by Craig Smith
  • 2002 - Mrs Wilkinson's Chooks by Leone Peguero and Mike Spoor
  • 2001 - Edward the Emu written by Sheena Knowles and illustrated by Rod Clement

For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime, contact the ALIA team.