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 19th 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.

Narre Warren North Primary School participated in the National Simultaneous Storytime. In 2019 the book chosen was Alpacas with Maracas written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove. The students had the book read to them as many giggles were shared. This was followed by different activities about the book. We look forward to participating in this again next year.