A whole country tripping over the moon

nss bannerOne of the great thrills of my writing career is ‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ being selected for ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime for 2017. NSS is national bonding over a common book, and this year it is Laura Wood’s and my Cow!

ALIA estimates that more than half a million kids will register to moon jump with us on 24th May, 2017 at 11am. I’ll be reading the book at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, home of a Scholastic Book Bunker, but also a place we visit regularly with my son, Jack, who has his cerebral palsy managed there. It’s going to be a special day, and all four of my kids will be coming along for the festivities.

Any location that contains kids can register for NSS, and you do so at ALIA’s site. Hoping to break through that half a million barrier!

There are activities and paraphernalia  to be had at the ALIA website. Cow finger puppets, activity inspirations, graphics, teachers notes, and a little video of me promoting the event. Eddie Perfect is involved too, courtesy of Story Box Library. Visit the site! There will be digital presentations of the book emailed to participants on Monday 22nd May, so have your cloven hooves strapped on before then.

I’ll be participating in a Twitter chat, as @byTonyWilson, hosted by @picturebookbc at 8-9pm AEST on Thursday 4th May, talking NSS and picture books generally.

The Cow Tripped Over the Moon is now available in both hardback and paperback.

auburn north ps 11043172_10153735601377166_1671323630930061352_oThere is a short video of me reading Cow to Jack in the books page of this website.

The Cow Tripped Over the Moon

Scholastic, 2015

Hey diddle diddle
You all know the riddle
A cow jumps over the moon
It happened all right
On a crisp, cloudless night
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