Teacher Sharran McNiven shares the story The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland with students at Rosella Park school.
Teacher Sharran McNiven shares the story The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland with students at Rosella Park school. Contributed

Cranky Bear a national focus

ON WEDNESDAY at 11am, the children of Australia got reading.

As part of the National Simultaneous Storytime initiative, every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read aloud to children simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other public places right around the country.

The kids at Rosella Park School were no exception, enjoying a reading of The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland.

Class teacher Janice Buckle said the morning was a huge hit.

"The kids were absolutely enthralled by the reading," she said.

"The teacher who read to them had such expression, it was like a performance. The kids loved it. They were in awe."

Ms Buckle praised the initiative as a way for children to reconnect to reading in a technological age.

"There's so much TV and electronic media these days, it's great for children to remember how much joy you can get from a book," she said.

"It's a fun way to promote literacy and to do so very early in a child's life."

Ms Buckle also said it was nice to imagine so many other children around Australia reading the same book at the same time.



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