Join in the Fun: National Simultaneous Storytime with Josh Pyke Reading Family Tree

Join in the Fun: National Simultaneous Storytime with Josh Pyke Reading Family Tree

It’s that time of year again…

Would you like to join over 1 million children across Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday, 25 May 2022 to read a book at the same time? Well, with the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) free National Simultaneous Storytime event, you can!

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around Australia, New Zealand and the world.

This year’s title is Family Tree, written by Australian singer-songwriter and children’s author Josh Pyke and illustrated by picture book creator Ronojoy Ghosh. Known for his wonderful storytelling and lyricism, this gorgeous children’s book will be read by Josh Pyke live via Facebook from the National Library of Australia in Canberra at 11am AEST on 25 May 2022.

Josh Pyke says: “Family Tree is such a special book to me. The last couple of years has really highlighted the importance and value of community and family, no matter what that family looks like … Diversity and access to different stories, different experiences and backgrounds, is what makes for a robust and accepting family. I imagine my kids exploring the world, and sharing their own stories, whilst always knowing their roots are strong back home.”

ALIA is also delighted to have a selection of VIP guest readers to take part in this year’s Storytime including Australian Children’s Laureate Gabrielle Wang and the Governor General of Australia, David Hurley and his wife Mrs Hurley.

It’s not too late to register for this free reading event. More information and registration can be found on the ALIA website.

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      Publisher details

      Family Tree
      Authors
      Josh Pyke, Ronojoy Ghosh
      Publisher
      Scholastic
      Genre
      Children’s Picture Book
      Released
      20 May, 2022
      ISBN
      9781761126307

      Synopsis

      Ages 3+

      It started with a seed, and that seed was me. And, over time, laughter filled my garden...

      A heartfelt celebration of family, community and the seasons of life, to cherish and to share.

      The official story chosen for ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2022, to be celebrated all across Australia and New Zealand!

      Josh Pyke
      About the author

      Josh Pyke

      Josh Pyke is an Australian singer and songwriter known for his six award-winning indie/folk albums, including a best-of album released in 2017. He is committed to representing the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, as one of only six lifetime ambassadors for the charity (and the only non-author lifetime ambassador). He launched the initiative 'Buskin for Change' in 2009 to raise support for the ILF.Josh co-wrote the ILF song ‘Words Make the World Go Round’ with Justine Clarke, as well as co-writing, producing and mixing five songs for Justine’s new ABC2 TV show, Ta Da! Lights Out, Leonard is his first picture book.

      Books by Josh Pyke

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