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Students shake maracas with alpacas for National Simultaneous Storytime

Alpacas, maracas and book stackers galore! Students at St Pius X joined over one million kids in Australia and New Zealand in gathering together to be read aloud the same book at the same time for National Simultaneous Storytime!

In its 19th year, the annual Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) event has been a huge success, with kids in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country all sharing in Australian author and illustrator, Matt Cosgrove’s book ‘Alpacas with Maracas’.

The colourful, fun event aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children's book. This year’s book celebrates a positive storyline and themes and was chosen for its appeal to a modern and diverse audience, addressing key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6, and lending itself to craft and other learning activities – many of which were greatly enjoyed by our students throughout the day.

Our students gathered in the hall to hear teacher librarian, Mrs Nughes, share the wonderful story of ‘Alpacas with Maracas’ with the students.

The story was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children, with one of the Year 5 students describing the event as "a great experience".

"The book made me laugh. I liked seeing all the different maracas and toy alpacas," she said.

St Pius X was one of several CEDoW schools who celebrated National Simultaneous Storytime. Read more here.