Enjoying the adventures of The Very Cranky Bear as part of Simultaneous Storytime are Katey Going, 3, Isobel Lewis, 2, and William Sollars, 4.
Enjoying the adventures of The Very Cranky Bear as part of Simultaneous Storytime are Katey Going, 3, Isobel Lewis, 2, and William Sollars, 4. Linden Morris

Story brought to life for kids

WITH their eyes glued to the pages and their attention hanging on every word, the children of the Southern Downs joined others from one end of the country to the other for National Simultaneous Storytime.

The event is in its 12th year and is part of the Australia-wide campaign to promote the efforts of libraries and schools in developing young people's literacy and numeracy skills.

After she read The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland, Warwick librarian Marianne Potter said it was nice to see the kids enjoying themselves yesterday.

"We had a sneak-peek earlier in the morning at Allora Library with a good turnout," she said.

"There were 21 kids there altogether with their parents."

The Warwick and Stanthorpe libraries, with eight and nine youngsters respectively, then read the book at 11am to coincide with the rest of Australia.

"I love this story and I think the kids really respond well to it," Ms Potter said.

"And it is a good idea to incorporate the book into a storytime session and read more than just one."

Marie Sullivan, a family day care educator for three years, said it was wonderful to see activities such as Simultaneous Storytime offered to children.

"It encourages an enjoyment of books, which is vital, and exposure to different literature is important as well," Mrs Sullivan said.

"Developing a love of reading from an early age helps connects kids to the real world."

Katey Goeing, 3, said she liked storytime.

"Cranky Bear was my favourite book," Katey said.

"I want to do storytime again."

National Simultaneous Storytime overlaps with National Library and Information Week, Queensland Education Week and Under 8s Week.

Glennie Heights State School will have Mayor Peter Blundell read The Very Cranky Bear to students today at 10.30am.

 

THE FIGURES

Last year more than 170,000 children at more than 1100 locations across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime.



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