Each year in Australia a picture book is chosen for a mass ‘read in’ otherwise known as the National Simultaneous Storytime, where at 11am on this day up to 1 million children are reading the same book at the same time. This year the Australian Library and Information Association has chosen Alpacas With Maracas.
Alpacas With Maracas is the book chosen by for 2019. Written by Matt Cosgrove the story goes…
Macca and pal Al are the best of friends and LOVE spending time together. When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can’t resist. But what will their act be? Will they shimmy and shake? Dance and prance? Whatever they choose it will surely be a performance to remember!
Alpacas With Maracas Resources
The following list below can be used to help celebrate the whimsical alpaca duo. All link open in a new window.
- The official page, with resources, further information and a link to register your involvement, can be found on the Australian Library and Information Association page – LINK
- ALIANational have uploaded an Auslan version of the book, making this accessible for those with low or no hearing – LINK
- Mrs Rutland Reads has also a version of the book in video format – LINK
- StoryBox Library has a video of Matt and Jimmy Rees (Jimmy Giggle) reading the book. The site requires a membership login. – LINK
- The Book Chook has a great page of resources and ideas – LINK
- Teach Starter wrote about some activities in a recent blog post – LINK
- If you’re feeling crafty, CleverPatch has an entire downloadable booklet on activities to help – LINK
- Teachers Pay Teachers is also an excellent resource with downloadable files for immediate use – LINK