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National Simultaneous Storytime – Bowerbird Blues – Mandurah Libraries

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime 2024 with Bowerbird Blues

This national literacy event aims to have two million people across Australia come together to share this year’s story Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker.

National Simultaneous Storytime events will be held at each of our libraries – Falcon, Lakelands and Mandurah. Bookings essential.

Falcon Library: Book Here

Lakelands Library: Book Here

Mandurah Library: Book Here

What to expect:

10.00am – Storytime with Guest Story Reader

10.15am – Craft Activity

10.30am – Morning tea


The Book

Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker

I am a collector. Always looking, finding … and keeping! Bowerbird loves BLUE. Magnificent cobalt. Brilliant, vibrant BLUE! But something is missing. What could it be? This picture book from Aura Parker stars a beautiful bowerbird on the search for BLUE! 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. He swoops and snatches vibrant treasures for his collection, and soon his bower—a mix of natural and unnatural objects—attracts something greater and more fulfilling than he could ever have imagined. 

The Event

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, family day cares, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 24th 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.

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