CHILDREN across the country will take time out of their morning to take part in National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday.
Every year on the third Wednesday in May, a picture book by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously around the country.
This year’s pick is Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood.
Before the clock strikes one, a mother mouse must search the house for her two missing sons – but she’d better watch out for the cat.
Padbury Community Kindy will open its doors for visitors to take part.
Teaching staff will read the book from 9am with craft activities after.
Hillarys MLA Peter Katsambanis will also attend to meet staff and children and tour the school.
Register at bit.ly/2KvhL5T.
Joondalup Library will also take part, with Mayor Albert Jacob taking a break from reading council agendas and complicated planning material to be the special guest reader from 10am.
The City’s other libraries will join in by incorporating Hickory Dickory Dash into their 10am storytime sessions on Monday at Duncraig Library, Thursday at Duncraig and Joondalup, Friday at Whitford and Woodvale and Saturday at Whitford.
National Simultaneous Storytime is now in its 18th year and aims to promote the value of reading and literacy for children up to Year 6.
It runs as part of Library and Information Week that runs from May 21 to 27.
This year’s theme is Find yourself in a Library to encourage those who have not been in for a while or regulars who would like to explore a bit more.