This year marks the 22nd annual National Simultaneous Storytime. A chance for over 2 million children and adults to all read the same book at the same time to foster a sense of community and excitement around reading.
To extend the fun beyond this single reading of Family Tree, by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh, the Stage 1 students have been completing book activities during their library lessons including making a eucalyptus book mark of their favourite past time, piecing together the life cycle of a tree, ordering people chronologically and making a personal timeline of when they were a baby to what they want to be when they grow up. It has been a lot of fun and has them very excited for the actual event at 11am on Wednesday May 22nd.
Written by Rachel McCann, Library and Literacy Teacher
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). NSS is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage young children to read and enjoy books as well as teach them the value of literacy. 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 22nd 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, at St Columba Anglican School, Stage 1 students have spent more time than ever before reading, discussing and enjoying this text in Mrs McCann’s Library lessons. Having a Library and Literacy Teacher in the Dawson Library results in students having increased opportunities for exposure to high-quality reading materials, encouraging students to develop a love of reading and further inspiring them to become curious learners. Educational research shows that when schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement increases.
Written by Laura MacLean, Stage 1 Coordinator