Littlies all ears for national storytime

RAPT: Katey Allwell shares the story of Eric and his elephants with some youngsters from Birrilee MACS Child Care Centre yesterday at South Tamworth Library. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 210514GOB01

RAPT: Katey Allwell shares the story of Eric and his elephants with some youngsters from Birrilee MACS Child Care Centre yesterday at South Tamworth Library. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 210514GOB01

A LITTLE boy called Eric with an over-abundance of elephants could well be the inspiration for almost 460,000 Aussie preschoolers to pick up a book and read.

That was the idea behind yesterday’s National Simultaneous Storytime at South Tamworth Library, which was held at 11am, in conjunction with 3051 other places around the nation. 

Ursula Dubosarksky’s Too Many Elephants In This House was the book chosen to inspire youngsters to read and enjoy books.

The littlies from Birrelee MACS Child Care Centre loved hearing all about Eric and how he solved the problem of having too many elephants in his house, read to them by library assistant Katey Allwell. 

“The kids just loved it,” Katey said.

“Some of them came dressed up as elephants, and they even did the Elephant Walk afterwards and had a little dance around.” 

Now in its 14th year, National Simultaneous Storytime is a fun event that promotes the value of reading and literacy to children.

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