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You can join into National Simultaneous Storytime from 11am on May 27th with any one of our 17 different language audio books! Full details below
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19 May 2015 - 1:26 PM  UPDATED 27 May 2015 - 3:05 PM


"Spalding Quibble ruled the roost.
He shared it with no other.
But then his parents introduced a brand new baby brother..."

SBS Radio have partnered with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to bring the magic of story time to more Australian’s than ever before, through National Simultaneous Storytime.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual initiative aimed at encouraging children to discover the joy of reading, and will see more than 450,000 children in 3000 schools and libraries across Australia, sit down to share a story together; on the same day, at the same time.

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To support the initiative, SBS have created audio books of Aaron Blabey’s ‘The Brothers Quibble’ (Penguin Australia) in 16 languages other than English, including the Indigenous Woiwurrung language spoken by the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, Central Victoria

SBS Managing Director, Michael Ebeid said: “This is a fantastic initiative that celebrates diversity and encourages cultural awareness in our youngest Australians, going to the heart of what we have been doing at SBS for the past 40 years.

“As the world’s most multicultural and multilingual broadcaster – and with NITV as part of our network – there is no media organisation in Australia better placed than SBS to assist ALIA in reaching out to some of the more than four million Australians who speak a language other than English at home, helping bring National Simultaneous Storytime to more people than ever before”.

National Simultaneous Storytime takes place across Australia at 11am on 27 May 2015

To celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime, SBS Radio are hosting bilingual story time events in public libraries throughout Sydney and Melbourne. All story time sessions are open to the public, and are hosted by SBS Radio broadcasters. This year’s bilingual story time sessions are:


Whitlam Library, Cabramatta: Vietnamese story time and English reading with SBS Radio presenter Trinh Nguyen

Liverpool Library: Arabic Storytime with SBS Radio Arabic’s Sylva Mezher, from 10:30am


Mount Waverley Library: Mandarin story time with SBS Radio Mandarin’s Mo Lin from 10:30am

Preston Library: Indigenous language story time -  reading in the Woiwurrung  language of the Wurundjeri People from the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria, from 10:30am

Craigieburn Library: Punjabi story time with SBS Radio Punjabi host Manpreet Singh, from 11am

Oakleigh Library: Greek story time with SBS Radio Greeks’ Kyriakos Gold, from 10:30am

Clayton Library: Italian story time with SBS Radio Italian’s Francesca Rizzoli, from 10:30am


Audio books are also available in: