It was National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday, May 22 and in many libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes and bookshops everything stopped at 11am to read a particular book.
This year is was Alpacas with Maracas written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove and at the Merimbula Tura Kindergarten the children were eagerly shaking their pretend maracas and listening to every word.
National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association.
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools and childcare centres.
Now in its 19th year, it is a 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.