National Simultaneous Storytime 2024 | Bowerbird Blues

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.

This year, Cooee has produced two readings which can be shared via the Youtube links below, between the dates of 22 May and 22nd June, after which time we will take them down as per the publisher’s guidelines.

We hope you enjoy, share and have a great time reading Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker with us!


Video One | Marion & Aster read Bowerbird Blues

Watch as Speech Pathologist Marion reads Bowerbird Blues, a book her son Aster loves very much!

Marion uses the language strategies below, as she is reading, to enhance the book reading.

  1. Expansion (adding one more word to what Aster says)
  2. Asking & answering questions
  3. Following the child’s interests (Aster loves dump trucks!)


Video Two | Multilingual Book Reading!  Speech Pathologist Sharlet reads Bowerbird Blues in Hindi & English

Watch as Speech Pathologist Sharlet demonstrates how to use the strategies below in her reading of Bowerbird Blues.

1. Code switching and

2. Asking & Answering questions

Sharlet swaps naturally between Hindi & English, demonstrating a wonderful example of how to read books in multiple languages.