460,000 join in read­ing event

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY KIDS -

KIDS all across the Whit­sun­days, and the na­tion, sat down to read a good book at 11am last Wed­nes­day as part of Na­tional Si­mul­ta­ne­ous Sto­ry­time.

As the name sug­gests, the event sees hun­dreds of thou­sands of kids in Australia all lis­ten to the same story at the same time, with last year’s at­tended by more than 460,000.

Proser­pine Li­brary team leader Stephanie Mills said the event, or­gan­ised by the Aus­tralian Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, was de­signed to “en­cour­age all young Aus­tralians to read and en­joy books”.

Can­non­vale and Proser­pine li­braries both took part in the story ses­sion, open­ing their doors to any in­ter­ested kids.

This year’s book was The Broth­ers Quib­ble by Aus­tralian au­thor Aaron Blabey.

“Each year they choose a book that was writ­ten and il­lus­trated by an Aus­tralian,” Ms Mills said.

The book is a new take on the clas­sic tale of a spoilt only child, Spald­ing Quib­ble, who takes a dis­like to his new baby brother, Bunny.

At C&K Whit­sun­day Com- mu­nity Kinder­garten, chil­dren had a spe­cial “Teddy Bears’ Pic­nic” un­der the big shady tree on the pic­nic mats and were joined by their sib­lings and par­ents.

Direc­tor El­iz­a­beth Harding said the day was lots of fun and they even had a clock set for 11am and counted down un­til they could begin read­ing the story.

STORY TIME: Karly Atkin­son helps Char­lie Do­herty and Sa­hara Ni­chol­son make a crown just like Spald­ing’s.

PRINCESSES: Macy Jare­mus, Tay­lah The­icke and Katana Sav­ill.

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