National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually 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. Now in its 21st 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. 

The National Simultaneous Storytime 2021 book is Give me some space! by author and illustrator Philip Bunting. 

Una dreams of a life in space. Life on Earth is just so so-so. But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in space?  

Join Education Manager Ben Pratten and special guest, Associate Professor at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU, Dr. Charley Lineweaver as they read Give me some space! and chat about all things space from the Mt. Stromlo Observatory in Canberra. 

You can watch the Library's reading on our Facebook and Youtube channels at 11am on Wednesday, 19 May 2021. 

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