Join Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas for National Simultaneous Storytime

Join Whitney and Britney, the Chicken Divas for National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 – #readilearn

In less than a week, we will be celebrating the 20th National Simulateous Storytime. Are you ready?

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event held in Library and Information Week, the last week of May, in Australia and New Zealand. The event is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) with the aim of promoting the value of reading and literacy.

Each year an Australian picture book is chosen to be read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the nations on either side of the Tasman Sea. Selected books explore age-appropriate themes and address key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

This year the book is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas, written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford.

This book is fun and exciting and will appeal to the adults reading it as much as to the little ones listening to it. While the children may not yet be aware of the original Whitney and Britney divas, their parents and teachers will be.

12 Dancing Princesses

Arthur Rackham / Public domain

When I first began reading the book, I was reminded of the Grimm’s fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. However, the ending is different and modernised and perhaps more enjoyable for the readers as well as the characters.

Whitney and Britney are gorgeous chooks who live with the elegant Dora von Dooze. While she appreciates their eggs, she’d also enjoy their company. Alas, they sleep throughout the day, which makes Dora a little curious.

Dora determines to discover what they get up to each night while she is asleep; and discover she does. But how does she react and what happens when she finds out?  You will have to read the book to find out what surprises await Dora as well as Whitney and Britney.

Continue reading: Join Whitney and Britney, the Chicken Divas for National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 – readilearn

22 thoughts on “Join Whitney and Britney, the Chicken Divas for National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 – #readilearn

  1. Patricia Tilton

    What an inspiring annual event to bring a sense of community between two countries! I love the idea! And I imagine families look forward to each year. By the way, what is a “chook?” Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Patricia. Yes, it is a wonderful event.
      A ‘chook’ is a chicken or a hen. I hadn’t realised it was an Australian term – adds a bit more flavour to the story. 🙂


  2. Jacqui Murray

    The book looks darling but I have to say, that picture you included gobsmacked me. I kept studying it to see what else those folks were doing in the boat, what they were rowing past. Beautifully done.

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    1. Norah Post author

      That rather old illustration of the Twelve Dancing Princesses is one I remember from reading the story in my childhood. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t aware of the artist previously, but last night, I listened to a SCBWI interview with Tomie dePaola, and Tomie mentioned him as an influence on his work. 🙂



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