For the 21st year running, libraries and schools around the country will all be sharing the love of a great Australian story at the same time. National Simultaneous Storytime is organised each year by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). This year’s book, Give Me Some Space by Philip Bunting (Scholastic Australia), is being read by the astronauts from the International Space Station. It’s a long way to the Space Station so we must say technology permitting …
Ever since she was a baby, Una has been fascinated with space. Her birthday cakes are all astronomy themed, her walls are covered with space posters, and even her goldfish is named after an astronaut. Una plans to become an astronaut herself one day, and to go out into space and search for life amongst the stars. But she will have to wait to become an astronaut, and waiting is not something that she is nearly as excited about, so she takes matters into her own hands, designs and builds herself a spacesuit, and creates a rocket to carry her out into the furthest reaches of our solar system. Surrounded by the all the wonders of the solar system, Una spots a scintillating blue orb in the distance, and when she comes closer she realises that she has made the most amazing discovery of all - she has fulfilled her mission and found life in space! Una’s greatest discovery is not an alien spacecraft though, or an unexpected comet, but instead is the realisation that our planet is the most amazing spacecraft ever, with air and water provided, and teeming with plant and animal life. It is ours to cherish and nurture, and our responsibility to protect it and all the life which it shelters and nourishes. Earth truly is the most amazing thing we could ever find when exploring space.
Philip Bunting is an author and illustrator. His books have been translated into multiple languages, and published in over 25 countries around the world. Since his first book was published in 2017, Philip has received multiple accolades, including Honours from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and making the list for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2018.
Key Themes include: Space exploration; astronomy; science; inventiveness; passion; the solar system; Earth; environmental conservation; hope; wonder; perspectives and viewpoints.
This year ALIA and Library and Information Association of New Zealand Atearoa (LIANZA), along with Scholastic, the Australian Space Agency and the Office of the Chief Scientist want to invite you to join us for an out-of-this-world event!