Cultural and creative life

Young readers all on the same page for National Simultaneous Storytime

Award-winning author and illustrator Aura Parker shared her book ‘Bowerbird Blues’ with more than 2 million participants across Australia.

  • Aura Parker shares her story to millions across the country

    National Simultaneous Storytime is a bright idea from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year, a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously across the country. This year, Aura Parker was chosen to read her book ‘Bowerbird Blues’.

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  • Eager young readers enjoyed the live reading from Green Square Library

    More than 2 million other participants joined in through livestream from libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

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  • Inspiring kids across the country to love reading

    Now in its 24th successful year, this well-loved event aims to promote the value of reading and literacy as well as encourage everyone to visit their local library.

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  • On the search for blue

    ‘Bowerbird Blues’ stars a bowerbird on the search for blue that ends up finding more than they planned. It's a moving story of longing and connection that unfolds as the bowerbird's search sends him soaring across the sea, sky and city.

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  • The perfect story for young and young-at-heart

    Aura’s picture books are joyful with a playful sense of humour, brimming with details to explore.

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