Take It Away, Alpacas With Maracas

Take It Away, Alpacas With Maracas

Tomorrow Wednesday, May 22 is National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) and the book that kids across the country will read out loud is Alpacas with Maracas by beloved Australian author, Matt Cosgrove.

Held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the NSS involves the simultaneous reading of a picture book by an Australian author and illustrator, in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

Last year was the biggest and most successful NSS to date with over 1,062,230 participants at over 8,255 locations.

This is the 19th successful year and it’s more popular than ever. The aims are 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.

The criteria for choosing the book includes: a positive storyline; appeal to a modern and diverse audience; suitability for read-aloud (language and length); how well the book lends itself to craft and other activities.

It’s a great way to encourage little readers and there are many schools, child care centres, pre-schools and libraries that get involved with celebrations, craft activities and performances based on the picture book chosen.

To find out more about how you can get involved and download resources and teachers notes, please visit the ALIA website here.

You can also visit author Matt Cosgrove’s website to download colouring sheets and other resources here.

What a fantastic way to celebrate children’s literacy during Library and Information Week.

 

 

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      Synopsis

      Macca and pal Al are the best of friends and LOVE spending time together.When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can't resist.But what will their act be? Will they shimmy and shake? Dance and prance? Whatever they choose it will surely be a performance to remember!
      Matt Cosgrove
      About the author

      Matt Cosgrove

      Matt Cosgrove hails from Sydney, Australia. His passion for the interplay between prose and pictures has seen some slight detours in his career path though—including Creative Director at Australia’s number one fashion magazine Marie Claire, Lecturer in Comic Art at the University of Western Sydney, and a tragically short-lived stint as one of the guys who drew the animations for the television show, Burgo’s CatchPhrase!However, despite these dalliances, (Don’t judge— he had a mortgage to pay!) his heart has always belonged only truly to books.As a child, his love for the medium was sparked by the brilliance, and naughtiness, of Roald Dahl (Matt could recite Revolting Rhymes by memory) and Raymond Briggs (Every single week Matt would re-borrow Fungus the Bogeyman from the school library). And if he didn’t have a book in his hand, he had a pencil, practicing drawing. While other kids played with their Masters of the Universe figurines, Matt posed them in scenes and then sketched them.Now, as a father, Matt’s work is heavily influenced by his children, simultaneously his most enthusiastic supporters and most ruthless critics.

      Books by Matt Cosgrove

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