Your library must register and can obtain an PDF version of Whitney and Britney the Chicken Divas. All registered participants will receive a number of electronic resources including videos and audio recordings allowing everyone to participate regardless of where they are. There are also downloads, resources and activities available on the NSS website.
Many public libraries around New Zealand have been engaging their communities by offering ‘virtual storytime’ sessions over the last few weeks. Virtual storytimes were made possible by a unique agreement between publishers, authors and libraries. With the assistance of the LIANZA Standing Committee on Copyright, an agreement was reached with the Coalition for Books, and the agreement was made public two days into Level 4. There have been over 400 public library virtual storytimes registered, as per the agreement, showing that this initiative has been key in allowing public libraries to engage with their communities.
ALIA has some great guest readers lined up this year including the book’s author Lucinda Gifford, who will be streaming her reading from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne; Ursula Dubosarsky, Australian Children's Laureate 2020-2021; Governor-General Sir David Hurley and Lady Hurley; the Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts; the Hon Michelle Landry MP; and Justin O'Neill from the Northern Queensland Cowboys. For the first time ever the ABC's Playschool will be joining in on the fun, with Denise Scott reading Whitney and Britney on ABC Kids. Story Box Library has also featured two NSS 2020 experiences on its website featuring Astrid Kriening AALIA, from Oberon Library and Michelle Nye from Hillcrest College.
About National Simultaneous Storytime
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.
You can read the book as part of your virtual storytimes at any time on Wednesday May 27.
Now in its 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy.