National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) during Library and Information Week each year. NSS has been running since 2001, and in 2020 over 1,297,000 people participated in over 14,000 locations around the world.
Each 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. NSS is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote reading and literacy and explores age-appropriate themes.
Image credit: Australian Library and Information Association. (2020). https://www.alia.org.au/nss
Storytime From Space
NSS 2021 takes place on Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 11:00am from the International Space Station. Give Me Some Space, written and illustrated by Philip Bunting and published by Scholastic Australia, will be read by the astronauts on the International Space Station.
Watch Give Me Some Space take off for the International Space Station! The launch took place from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on 3 October 2020. The launch starts about 30 minutes into this video.