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National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime

News Article Date: 
Monday, 22 May 2017

Why did the cow trip over the moon? More than 500,000 children around Australia will find out as part of National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday May 24.

Warrnambool’s Civic Green will host one of 3500 synchronised story time sessions at 11am.

‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood has been chosen as this year’s book.

Warrnambool City Council Service Manager Early Years Learning and Development Ebony Grieve said that The Cow Tripped Over the Moon is an engaging, beautifully illustrated story with a positive message.

“The Cow Tripped Over the Moon tells the story of the cow from the ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ nursery rhyme and her many attempts to jump over the moon,” she said.

“The story is about the importance of perseverance and supporting a friend in need.

“These are very important themes for everyone, especially young children.

“Enjoying books with your child is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a parent, and it will help form a solid foundation for literacy and academic achievement in the years to come.

“In Warrnambool, families have free and easy access to quality picture books all year with nine ‘Book Bug’ sites around the city.

“A collaboration between Council, the library and Beyond the Bell, books can be borrowed for as long as needed, with locations including AquaZone, South West TAFE, the Children’s Services Centre and Neighbourhood House.”

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Following the story, there will be free morning tea and giant Connect4, Jenga, checkers and chess as part of the Active Hub.  It is also a great opportunity to sign up for the 1000 Books Before School program.

In the event of wet weather, activities will be held in the Lighthouse Theatre.

Registrations are not essential, though anyone who registers online at will go in the draw to win a copy of the book.


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