ACU Senior Librarian Nica Tsakmakis playing story teller.
In celebration of National Simultaneous Storytime, children from local primary schools headed to ACU to join thousands of schools, libraries and playgroups across Australia to hear the same book being read to them at 11am on Wednesday 24 May.
Brisbane students and staff hosted ACU Equity Pathways Partner Earnshaw State College’s Year Two students and Strathfield campus was visited by Sydney Equity Pathways Partner Banks Public School Year Six boys and girls.
National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.
Now in its 17th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant and 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 Grades 1 to 6.
This year the National Simultaneous Storytime book was The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.
ACU Senior Librarian Nica Tsakmakis said more than 520,000 children at over 3500 locations across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime in 2016 and enjoyed a range of supporting educational songs, games, dress ups and loads of fun.
“It was fabulous to see plenty of kids listening to The Cow Tripped Over the Moon at the same time as everyone else around the country,” Nica said.
“They also got the chance to take part in arts and crafts with ACU education and arts students and in Brisbane they saw a play performed by our drama students.”