Students in Prep to Year 6 participated in National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) on Wednesday with ‘Family Tree’. After listening to the story read live by the author, Josh Pyke, students were able to watch the question time with the illustrator, Ronojoy Ghosh. He shared how illustrators start to create images required for a text after being approached by authors. This year’s story focused on the changing relationships in the lives of a tree and a girl. The comparison was made to how people grow and change as do trees, and it all starts from a seed. The students were able to participate in a singalong with Josh Pyke before completing an activity in a group of four. These seasonal trees will be displayed in the school library.
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 22nd successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6. (Australian Library and Information Association)
Director of Primary
Year 6 Teacher