Catapulting cows leap off the page for Storytime event

The bouncing bovines will be a key attraction at festivities marking National Simultaneous Storytime at the Civic Square (in front of Toowoomba City Library) on Wednesday, May 24.

Catapulting cows will be moo-ving around outside the Toowoomba City Library next week.

The bouncing bovines will be a key attraction at festivities marking National Simultaneous Storytime at the Civic Square (in front of Toowoomba City Library) on Wednesday, May 24.

Similar events will be staged at Oakey and Yarraman libraries and Toowoomba’s Cobb & Co Museum in Lindsay Street. The Toowoomba City Library event is being hosted by early literacy program, First 5 Forever.

Toowoomba Region children and families are invited to join the free national initiative from 11am on May 24.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event which aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

When the clock strikes 11 on Wednesday morning, participating schools, libraries, preschools, childcare centres, family homes and bookshops will share the hilarious and delightful The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by author Tony Wilson and illustrator Laura Wood.

The event, now in its 17th year, has enjoyed wide support with more than 520,000 children at more than 3500 locations across Australia taking part last year.

Toowoomba Region Deputy Mayor Cr Carol Taylor will read the book to an audience at the Civic Square in front of the Toowoomba City Library from 11am on May 24. (Please bring a hat).

Children’s activities will be staged after the reading. A speech pathologist from the Therapy Alliance Group will be available to discuss ways to include nursery rhymes in a child’s daily activities.

Cr Taylor said the day was open to anyone interested in offering their children a fun and informative outing.

“The event is one of many free, family friendly activities at the Library that supports early literacy,” Cr Taylor said.

“The fun for babies, tots and pre-schoolers continues year-round with programs like First 5 Forever, an initiative which encourages parents and caregivers with children aged up to five to talk, read, sing and play with their child every day.”

An initiative of the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Government, First 5 Forever is delivered locally in partnership with Toowoomba Regional Council.

About the author

Tony Wilson is an author and broadcaster who has been writing books for children for more than a decade.

In 2016, the bestselling The Cow Tripped Over the Moon soared to 2016 CBCA Honour Book status, and other titles such as Grannysaurus Rex, Harry Highpants, The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas, The Emperor’s New Clothes Horse, and Emo the Emu are also favourites.

Caption: Toowoomba Region Deputy Mayor Cr Carol Taylor previews Wednesday’s (May 24) National Simultaneous Storytime title with Paisley Glibbery (left) and Eden Broksch at Toowoomba City Library’s Storytime Tree.

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