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National Simultaneous Storytime – Nature Play Book Cubbies

May 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Mandurah Libraries are excited to present a Book Cubby event with Nature Play WA, to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime 2024.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual nationwide event through the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to raise awareness of literacy and the importance of how families who share stories build a love of reading in children.

This years National Simultaneous Storytime book is Bowerbird Blues, written and illustrated by Aura Parker.


About the Book

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.


Storytime Cubbies

Nature Play early years educators facilitate an outdoor cubby building and Storytime event encouraging families, children, and the community to see literacy and reading as a part of everything they do.

Families work together to build a cubby from a range of different materials before joining a group story time and being encouraged to read together in their own cubbies. The session also includes a nature-connection activity that relates to the group story.

All cubby equipment is supplied. Families can choose to bring a favourite story or read one of the books on offer.



Storytime Cubbies provide a unique and interactive setting that enhances the learning experience and fosters a love for books and nature.   

Nature Play utilises the outdoor setting to create multi-sensory experiences. We encourage children to feel the textures of leaves, smell flowers, or listen to the sounds of birds while reading stories related to these elements. This sensory engagement helps in building stronger connections to the story and enhances comprehension.


What to Expect

  • Bookings are for a Cubby which will accommodate a family of four. If you have more than four people in your family, please book two cubbies.
  • Toilet facilities are available at Mandurah Library.
  • Families can bring their favourite story to share in their cubby.
  • A light afternoon tea of fruit and water will be provided. Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy in your cubby.
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen will be provided.

The event will be held at the Mandurah Library outside by the Cosmo mural.

Bookings are Essential, Book Now!

Remember to be SunSmart – bring a hat to wear.


City of Mandurah – Mandurah Library
331 Pinjarra Road
Mandurah, WA 6210 Australia
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Nature Play WA
(08) 9389 4050
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