National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Every year for the past 16 years, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has selected a book to be read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

This year’s book, I Got This Hat, written by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye was read by teachers, celebrity storytellers, parents and carers to thousands of children.

Aside from a fun event in the Library's foyer featuring players from the ACT Brumbies, we made video recordings of the book being read in just a few of the approximately 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages of Australia, many of which are documented in our collection.

Watch these videos to see Paul, India and Sophia Hingston read I Got This Hat in the Warramunga language from the Northern Territory.

 In this video John Morseu reads I Got This Hat in Torres Strait Creole.

In this video Paul House reads I Got This Hat in the Walgalu-Wiradjuri language from central New South Wales and the ACT.

"I Got This Hat" book cover image