National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres and many other places around the country. Now in its 21st successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
This year, on Wednesday May 19th 2021 (11am AEST), Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting was read live – by NASA astronaut Shannon Walker – from the International Space Station.
The year 1 classes had an excursion to the local Gawler Library to listen to the story plus partake in some science experiments.
The remainder of the school were able to gather and listen to the story at school.