National Simultaneous Storytime day celebrated at Edmondson Park

Students at St Francis Catholic College, Edmondson Park joined more than one million Aussie children reading a single book aloud yesterday.

The kids read Matt Cosgrove's Alpacas with Maracas at 11am for the annual National Simultaneosu Storytime event.

Every year a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres and many other places around the country in an effort to promote the value of reading and literacy.

Students from Kindergarten to year 4 read the book at St Francis, and year 2 children even followed along with an animated reading on their Apple TV.

Following the synchronised reading the children took part in classroom activities relating to the book and its theme.

Year 4 students made maracas from recyclable materials, year 1 kids drew pictures and year 2 kids made masks and puppets of book characters.

Assistant principal Melissa Vella said the day was a great way to foster a love of reading.

"Reading is important because it provides opportunities to develop language skills, deepen knowledge and broaden your perspective," she said.

"It allows us to escape the everyday and be transported into various worlds that are filled with colourful characters and captivating stories.

"Here at St Francis Catholic College we encourage our students to develop a lifelong love for reading by providing access to quality texts and working in partnership with parents to support home reading."

Year 1 student Isaac said he loved Alpacas with Maracas because it was "funny and had lots of rhyming words", while year 2's Euanne said "I love how the characters just tried their best at everything".