National Simultaneous Storytime 2016

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National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 16th 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 Grades 1 to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework.


National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

By facilitating National Simultaneous Storytime, we aim to:

·         promote the value of reading and literacy;

·         promote the value and fun of books;

·         promote an Australian writer and publisher;

·         promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country;

·         provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

NSS receives positive media coverage, generates a great deal of community interest and is held annually as part of Library and Information Week.

In 2015 over 500,000 children at over 3,100 locations across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime, reading the book The Brothers Quibble, written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey , enjoying a range of supporting educational activities, songs, games, dress ups and lots of fun. Have a look at some of the highlights from 2015.


This year NSS takes place on Wednesday 25 May at 11am (AEST) and we would love it if you could join us by sharing I Got This Hat written by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye.

Register to participate - it's free and we have some great activities and resources available to support your National Simultaneous Storytime event.

Everyone can join NSS - it doesn't matter whether you are a home school, a public library or even a university library! Invite a local school group into your workplace for an NSS morning tea, have some fun with your staff at an NSS morning tea or donate a copy of the book to your local library or childcare centre. There are endless ways to support NSS.

For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime, contact ALIA's Events team.

Registrations for NSS 2016 will open in March 2016.


We are delighted to announce that the 2016 National Simultaneous Storytime book is:

I Got This Hat




I got this hat in China. I got this hat from a miner. I got this hat from a deep-sea diver. I got this hat from a racing-car driver... Hats. Only the headless dislike them. Everyone else loves wearing them! In this fun title we take a peek at the world around us through the playful medium of hats.





Written By: Jol and Kate Temple

Illustrated By: Jon Foye

Published By: ABC Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Hardback ISBN 978 0 733 33206 7

Paperback ISBN 978 0 7333 3230 2

Buy the book: Please visit your local bookseller to buy I Got This Hat or click here to get a copy online.


Kate and Jol Temple enjoy wearing hats together. They wear them whenever they write. Jol prefers a fedora, Kate a fez. When in San Francisco they bought a hat from an ex-girlfriend of Clint Eastwood. Kate and Jol have written five books for children including Parrot Carrot, Mike I Don’t Like and a new series of junior fiction called Jimmy Cook Discovers the Third Grade, which is due out in May.

When Kate and Jol aren’t wearing hats (which is most of the time) they write ads. They live in Rozelle, with their hat-wearing boys Arlo and Clancy.

I Got This Hat is for anyone who’s ever worn a hat and Kate and Jol are very excited it’s been selected for NSS. To find out more about the authors, click here to visit their website.

Jon Foye is a big fan of the raccoonskin cap. He wears one continually when illustrating books. Jon also owns a jaunty alpine hat that he wears in semi-professional yodelling contests. Jon has illustrated three books written by Kate and Jol including Parrot Carrot and Mike I Don’t Like, which was awarded Best Designed Picture Book in Australia. When Jon isn’t drawing silly pictures he works as an Art Director. Jon lives in Rozelle with his wife Marissa and baby boy Archie, who has a thing for berets.


National Simultaneous Storytime 2016 is made possible by the generous support of our partners:



We (with thanks to Kate and Jol Temple, Jon Foye, ABC Books and HarperCollins) have made a number of resources available to support your National Simultaneous Storytime event.

All artwork, 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.


Print graphics - FlyerLetterhead

I Got This Hat themed activities - Find-a-word, Pirate hat template, Draw your own hat

Web graphics - Book coverBannerEmail signatureTwitter cover, Twitter avatarFacebook cover, Facebook avatar

Ideas for your event 

Click here for great activity inspiration and ideas. It includes songs, rhymes, activity ideas and publicity information. 

Outside resources

·         Free Mobile App -  create your own ridiculous hats based on the hats in the book!

·         Facebook page

·         Website

·         Reviews: Readings Review , Kids' Book Review , The Book Chook , Em Hawker Blog


I GOT THIS HAT from Parrot Carrot on Vimeo.

Teachers' notes

Coming Soon


Digital presentations of the book will be emailed to all registered participants on Monday 23 May 2016, so please ensure that you register before then to receive all resources. Please note that digital presentations of the book will be available only until Friday 27 May 2016.


Come back to see exciting events near you!

We have a range of bright and fun merchandise for the promotion of your NSS event. This includes posters, badges, bookmarks, pencils and stickers.

Merchandise will be available to purchase from March 2016. 

Please visit your local bookseller to buy I Got This Hat or click here to get a copy online

HarperCollins Publishers have given the following permissions for National Simultaneous Storytime 2016:

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

  • Permission for participating organisations to present a translation of the book during the event with the condition that the translation is not printed or distributed and is used for the event only
  • Permission for participating organisations to present a dramatisation of the book with the condition that the presentation occurs only in connection with the event
  • Permission for participating organisations to have an interpreter translate and read the book in another language with the condition that the presentation occurs only in connection with the event
  • Permission for participating organisations to use an image of the book cover for NSS 2016 promotion
  • Permission for participating organisation to use the digital presentations of the book provided by ALIA for NSS 2016 storytelling. Please note that digital presentations of the book will be available only until Friday 27 May 2016.

Text of the book can be used in the following ways:

  • Presented as a readers' theatre
  • Presented as a storytelling
  • Presented as a puppet show
  • Translated for multicultural storytimes
  • Inspiration for activity sheets and lesson plans

For any other use of the book in conjunction with National Simultaneous Storytime 2016 please contact ALIA's Events team.

The first National Simultaneous Storytime 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.

2015 was our biggest and most successful NSS to date with 500,000 participants at over 3,100 locations.


Check out the 2015 highlights for National Simultaneous Storytime. We love hearing about your NSS event, so please send your stories, photos and videos to or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NSS2016.