National Simultaneous Storytime

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, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

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 that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.


This year’s book was ‘Chicken Divas’, a humorous picture book about two sleepy chickens with a secret. We used Zoom to broadcast the story to the classrooms as we couldn’t meet together. Year 7 student Pearl Crawford read the book in an engaging and descriptive way and the Year 2 class acted out the story in the PAC, dressed in masks and colourful costumes. After the reading classes made their own versions of the feather boas that were featured in the story. 

A big thank you to School Librarian Mrs Hasting for organising the reading and the craft materials in each classroom.

Tim Tuck | Coordinator of Learning & Innovation