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Monday 14 May 2018

National Simultaneous Storytime #NSS2018

Guest bloggers Sharon Molnar and Katie Stanley from Friends’ introduce this much-loved event and will contribute a follow-up blog post on June 2.

At Friends’ we participate as a whole school in National Simultaneous Storytime.  It’s a great activity that can easily involve students of all ages, as well as staff.
(used with permission)
This year’s book is Hickory Dickory Dash, by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood. It’s a fast-paced, funny read that students of all ages will enjoy. Here are some ideas on how you could participate:

Ø  Read it aloud – together, teacher-led, students reading, older students reading to younger students, etc.
Ø  Read it in a foreign language – organise for your language teacher/s to provide a translation that can be used on the day
Ø  Act it out!
Ø  Make up a new verse – this book, as well as last year’s book, The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, lend themselves beautifully to student extrapolation!
This year NSS will be held on Wednesday, 26 May at 11am.
You can register your school and have access to banners, activities and teachers’ notes, as well as online versions of the book.  There are also VIP readers if you don’t want to read it aloud yourself.
More information can be found at www.alia.org.au/nss  

Clemes Library display, 2017

Sharon Molnar and Katie Stanley are Teacher Librarians at The Friends’ School.


  1. NSS is a wonderful activity, last year at Don College our Community Services (Children Services) enjoyed reading to the young children who attend the play group they run. It was great for the students and great for community participation. Looking forward to this year's NSS.

  2. ...and if you register, you receive the Auslan version for free!