Last Wednesday the children from St Edward’s Primary School Canowindra and Canowindra Pre-School took part in National Simultaneous Storytime, with this year being the biggest year yet for the event with 1 million children throughout the country sharing the story.
The book chosen this year was Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove. Librarian from St Edward’s Primary School Mrs Vanessa Fisher had the children
excited by the book about Macca and his pal Al who are the best of friends and love spending time together. When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can’t resist. But what will their act be? Will they shimmy and shake? Dance and prance? Whatever they choose, it will surely be a performance to remember!
The children all got into the spirit of the morning with Sombreros, Maracas and Ponchos and the Pre-School Children all wore Alpaca headbands that they had coloured in themselves.
Now in its 19th year National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held 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. 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.
The children and staff of St Edward’s were then treated to a Mexican taco lunch put on by the school’s P&F.