National Simultaneous Storytime

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tctotm-main-webThe National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more Australians to read and enjoy books.  in 2016 over 520,000 children took part, including over 730 children in Tasmanian Neighbourhood Houses.

The 2017 NSS events will take place around Australia at 11am, Wednesday 24 May.  The featured book for 2017 is The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, written by Tony Wilson, and illustrated by Laura Wood.  This is a beautiful story of perseverance, friendship, and support.  The backstory is quite emotional, and worth a visit to the book’s website.

NHT supports the participation of Neighbourhood Houses in this event in recognising the great importance of developing early literacy skills in children and regular positive experiences for children and adults around reading.  Encouraging families to read together and kindling an interest in books and in reading, in children from a very young age, provides them with a great start in life.

Reading to very young children encourages them to read for themselves throughout their lives.  Having your child on your knee while reading to them, guiding them to be inquisitive, pointing out interesting illustrations, deepening the mystery around the story, and developing your child’s imagination by asking them to guess where the story will go next are all great ways to engage your child in reading.

In 2016, NHT and the Everyday Literacy for Local Communities project provided over 730 books to children at 28 locations around the state as part of the National Simultaneous Storytime events.

So come and join us in 2017 as we read the new book together, and take part in this national celebration of reading!

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