National Simultaneous Story Time 2015

National Simultaneous Story Time is a yearly event that helps encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books.  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. It is now into its 15th year.

This year National Simultaneous Story Time was held on Wednesday 27 May at 11am (AEST) and the chosen book was The Brothers Quibble written by Aaron Blabey.


Aaron Blabey is the author of many well-loved, award-winning children’s picture books including Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon and the best-selling Pig the Pug.

We joined with our CAT Buddies from Ms Di’s class to share this book together. We began by listening to a video of Aaron Blabey reading the book.

Next we partnered with our buddies and helped them make a crown like the one in the story. This was a lot of fun and it was wonderful to see all Year 4 students really helping the foundation students decorate and cut out their crown.

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At the end the foundation students were able to wear their crowns as we sat and watched the book being read to us again by a different narrator.

Check out the documentary about how Aaron Blabey writes his books and get to know the author!


What did you enjoy the most about National Simultaneous Story Time?

Why do you think it is important to read books with each other?

If you could nominate a picture book to use next year what would it be and why?


16 thoughts on “National Simultaneous Story Time 2015

  1. i think it is inpornt to read to each other because if you can not read and if somebody reads to you do not miss out on reading

  2. Dear mrs b
    i liked story time because it is interesting
    i think we sod read to echethoer because it can help the listener how to read

    by Cooper 🙂 🙂

  3. Dear mrs baldwin,

    It is important to read books to each other because you or the other person could learn something from it and it could be a story that you like out of action drama love… what ever so a story that they like.

  4. Dear Mrs Baldwin
    I liked how we made the crown with our buddys .
    Because u can get to no more about the book.
    From Elyssa

  5. Dear miss baldwin,
    I think you shod read to each other because when you don’t now a word and someone tells you next time you see that word you shod remember what that person said and say it. It also helps you spell words by sounding the words out. That is why I think we shod read to each other every day.
    By Jessica g

  6. Dear miss baldwin I think it is Iportant to read books because if you read it over and over again you will get better at the spelling and when you grow up you will know how to spell . I enjoyed making the crowns with our cat buddies and listening to the story on the board .

  7. Dear mrs baldwin

    It is inportent to read books together because the other person listens and then thay read it.

  8. Dear Mrs Baldwin the thing I enjoyed most about simultaneous story time was making crowns for our buddies.
    Mrs Baldwin it is important to share books with others because then they learn more and you can predict with each other.
    Mrs Baldwin the picture book I would nominate next year would be a new book coming out that would be cheap and intresting so we could predict. From kain

  9. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    What I enjoyed most about simultaneous was listening to the book and making a crown with our buddies. I think it is important to read books with one another so you both learn about the book and understand it. From Hannah

  10. Dear Mrs Baldwin
    I must admit it felt strange to listen to a little kid’s book which is why I enjoyed working with my
    CAT buddies the most.
    I think it is important to read stories to one another because in especially in children’s books, books usually have morals that help us live our lives as better people.
    From David

  11. Dear mrs Baldwin,
    It’s important to read books with each other so you can practis reading and get better.
    I would pick the Brothers Quibble because it’s funny and a good book to read.

  12. Dear Mrs Baldwin
    I was not at story time but I looked at the video .
    I like the story and I think that on the outside you might feel bad but really on the inside your happy.
    From jade 👬👭📖📖📖📖

  13. Dear Mrs B,
    It is important to read to people especially younger children because they learn from you and then they start reading books.
    If I could nominate next years book it would be diary of a wimpy kid because they are funny Greg gets up to a lot of mistuaf.

    By christian😊

  14. Dear Mrs Baldwin,

    What i enjoyed most about simultaneos reading time was we got to spend time with our cat buddies and the story was quite funny and it he had good expression in his voice which made the book sound better.

    A book I would nominate would be Where The Wild Things Are this story made me think about it because the boy wore a crown and I also like the book because it is a book i loved and I have not read it in a long time.

    By Grayson

  15. Dear Miss Baldwin,

    I think it is important to read books because you can learn stuff ,it is fun and if you read with someone you spend time with them.

    If I could nominate a picture book next year it would be Elle the elephant because I no lots of peoples favourite animal is elephants, it is kid friendly and it is colourful.

    From Kendra,

  16. Dear Miss Baldwin ,
    the thing i enjoyed most about national story time was spending time with our buddies and making the crowns I wish we could of made a crown.

    I think we should read to each other because then we can help each other to understand whats happen in the book.

    will we get to spend more time with our buddies .

    From Jasmine

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