It's tough when you're faced with having to choose between your favourite elephants but young Eric from children's book 'Too many elephants in this house' finds a way and children across the country will find out how he did it on May 22 during National Simultaneous Storytime.
Written by Ursula Dubosarsky, the book has been chosen encourage children all over Australia to read together. All local pre-schoolers are invited to attend a reading and craft morning at Cowra Library on Wednesday 21, May at 11am sharp. Fun activities involving competitions, music, rhythm and rhyme will begin from 10.45am. Now in its 14th year, the National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes and bookshops around the country.
Cowra Librarian Caroline Eisenhauer encouraged all parents, carers or grandparents with pre-school aged children who aren't already participating in the event to bring their children along.
"We want parents to come with the kids and see how to engage children by how we read and present it," she said.
"National Simultaneous Storytime is part of Library and Information Week and the information we're trying to get out about the library is to show parents how to bring up literate children.
"Public libraries are the foundation stone for children learning to read."
Last year's National Simultaneous Storytime saw 430,000 children at more than 2,500 locations across Australia take reading the book The Wrong Book, written by Nick Bland and enjoying a range of supporting educational activities, songs, games and dress ups.