This week, classes across the Primary School joined in National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) . This event is held annually and was established nineteen years ago 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 Australia and New Zealand (and at AISHK!). The text selected for this year was ‘Alpacas with Maracas’ written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove.
At 9am Hong Kong time, 11am Australian EST, students assembled together in the Library or in their classroom to share in this special event. We were just one of 1,085,587 participants, a record number!
This week, I came across an interesting article from The Guardian, From Alpacas with Maracas to Wombat Stew: why do we treasure picture books? . It aligns nicely with the NSS event and reminds us of the importance of reading to our children.