National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual event that aims to engage children of all ages to enjoy books by creating a sense of excitement around reading. Reading ignites a spark of adventure that a child can carry within their heart well into their adult life. With Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) celebrating 21 years of NSS, we are proud to again support ALIA and Library and Information Association of New Zealand Atearoa (LIANZA) to promote the value of literacy through this vibrant and fun event.
This year, join us on an intergalactic adventure thanks to ALIA and Story Time From Space. For the first time ever, not only will the official story for National Simultaneous Storytime be read by over 1 MILLION kids across Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday 19th May 2021, but it will also be read by astronauts from the International Space Station!
As part of this intergalactic event, you will find an array of curriculum-based, engaging space-themed resources and activities in our NSS e-magazine. These resources are available for you to use in the classroom to encourage discussion and investigation, as your students learn about the Earth, the Sun and our Universe. In our comprehensive guide to NSS from space, you will find teaching notes, STEM activities, lesson plans, curriculum-linked experiments and so much more!
The official story chosen for ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2021.
Ever since she was a baby, Una has been fascinated with space.
Una plans to become an astronaut herself one day, and to go out into space and search for life amongst the stars. But she will have to wait to become an astronaut, and waiting is not something that she is nearly as excited about, so she takes matters into her own hands, designs and builds herself a spacesuit, and creates a rocket to carry her out into the furthest reaches of our solar system.
Una’s greatest discovery is not an alien spacecraft though, or an unexpected comet, but instead is the realisation that our planet is the most amazing spacecraft ever, with air and water provided, and teeming with plant and animal life.
The author Philip Bunting was honoured to hear that his book will be read in space.
Philip values the importance of reading as an activity that allows us to see things from new perspectives. The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more you wonder. The more you wonder, the more wonderful life becomes. Quite literally, too. Now, I’m sure I’m horribly paraphrasing someone who said that previously, in far fewer words, but that’s how I understand the opportunities gifted by the act reading.
‘Reading about science—in this case, astronomy—and asking the big questions can have the same effect on young minds (without the risk of blasting yourself through the stratosphere in a giant aluminium loo roll tube). An understanding of the sciences offers a cognitive and spiritual shift in perspective, giving kids a more complete view of their place in the universe. Life is beautiful, and we are all very, very, lucky to be here’.