Because we're all about story, we're bringing our best to the National Simultaneous Storytime event happening across the country this week at 11am Wednesday May 25.

National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association and is part of the early adoption methodology for getting the little peeps across the country to get off digital screens and engage with the written word (and their amazingly powerful-way-beyond-digital imaginations!).

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by a talented Australian author and illustrator, is chosen as the literary frontrunner! and read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and stacks of other places around the country. It kind of breaks records for reading. And also makes a whole bunch of kids and parents engage with literature and storytelling en masse. Which is an excellent thing.

The academic stance is that the Australian Library and Information Association by facilitating National Simultaneous Storytime, aim to:

·         promote the value of reading and literacy;

·         promote the value and fun of books;

·         promote an Australian writer and publisher;

·         promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country;

·         provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

And generally, celebrate the unique awesomeness of books, which will survive and thrive in a digital age because there is nothing like the stories we play out in our rich imaginings.

Testament to this is that in 2015 more than 500,000 children at over 3,100 locations across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime, reading the book The Brothers Quibble, written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey , enjoying a range of supporting educational activities, songs, games, dress ups and lots of fun. 

This year it's I Got This Hat by Jol and Kate Temple.
And Do Re Me Creative is proud to be bringing it to life with a series of workshops across the Glen Eira Council district so you can join the whole of Australia as we read and share together a funny rhyming tale about the surprisingly large world of hats.

“I got this hat in China, I got this hat from a miner, I got this hat from a deep-sea diver, I got this hat from a racing-car driver ... “ Everyone loves wearing them! 

Pop Wednesday 25 May at 11am in the diary. And pop in to Carnegie Library and Community Centre and Elsternwick Library for some hands on, head on HAT crafting for preschool children aged 3 to 5!

See you there. Keep your hat on, and keep reading. :)