460,000 join in reading event
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.