The countdown is on to National Simultaneous Storytime 2017! In its 17th year, National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign aiming to encourage primary-aged children to read and enjoy books. It is promoted by ALIA: the Australian Library and Information Association.
Libraries, schools and other organisations choosing to take part register for the event and all settle down to read the chosen title at 11am (AEST) on the nominated date during Library and Information Week. Last year’s event saw over half a million children take part in around 3,500 locations across the country.
This year’s chosen title is The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood. It’s a hilarious take on the classic nursery rhyme Hey Diddle, Diddle and the events that lead up to the cow’s successful leap over the moon–because, of course, there’s no way our little bovine friend could have cleared that giant celestial orb on her first attempt!
Children of all ages will be able to connect with the text immediately as most are familiar with the original nursery rhyme. With themes of perseverance and persistence, young readers (or listeners!) will benefit from the message that it takes a lot of hard work to make our dreams come true, but anything is possible if we set our minds to it.
For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime and activities relating to The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, visit ALIA’s website.
To listen to a reading by Tony Wilson, visit YouTube.