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21 May, 2019

The sound of maracas filled Wodonga Library this morning for National Simultaneous Storytime.

Wodonga Deputy Mayor Cr Kat Bennett lead a special gathering where she read this year's book Alpacas with Maracas written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove.

The book follows Macca and his pal Al who are the best of friends and love spending time together in this great rhyming story.

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? It takes them some time to work out they can play the maracas.

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

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.