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Junior School: Junior Library

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”


National Simultaneous Storytime 2021 | Maitland City Library


National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) at Brisbane Boys College was celebrated at 11am on Wednesday 19th May by all of the Junior School Boys. We had a number of storytellers this year with Yerik and Albert our Academic Student Leaders paving the way. Yerik and Albert made a variety of space helmets to entice the Preps and enthralled the Year 2 students with their reading of the book “Give Me Some Space” by Phillip Bunting. Our Preps giggled through Headmaster Mr Damon Emtage’s reading of the book in the library. Ms Raymond presented a lovely reading to the Year Ones. Dr Leigh Hobart captivated the Year 3 boys while Matthew Bennett, Vice-Captain, was our Story Time Leader for the Year 6 boys in College Hall. Matthew also exposed the virtues of reading, encouraging our boys to pick up a book and widen their knowledge of the world through words. Mrs Warwick’s Math boys did a hilarious enactment of the book for the Year 4 and 5 boys, with Matthew stealing the show with his depiction of Una the main character.




NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). 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 21st 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.

By facilitating NSS we aim to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy,
  • promote the value and fun of books,
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher,

NSS receives positive media coverage, generates a great deal of community interest and is held annually as part of Library and Information Week. 2020 was the biggest and most successful NSS to date with over 1,297,000 participants at over 14,469 locations, including participants from New Zealand, Thailand, UK, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong. 

Days such as NSS are part of our school strategy to promote reading amongst our boys. Male mentors such as Matthew, one of our Vice-Captains and our Academic School leaders, Yerik and Albert help to develop a culture of reading.



  1. Add the 'Wheelers app' to your device from your App Store. Please ensure you are on your home network before loading the app as cellular streaming/downloading is expensive.
  2. Tap on ‘Add Library’ or ‘Find your Library’ from the menu – search for Brisbane Boys College - Primary and select.
  3. Select Brisbane Boys’ College - Primary
  4. Click on the book you are interested in, then click on ‘Sign in’.
  5. Use your school login and password to sign in.
  6. Select Browse or Search
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  8. All other Titles are eBooks
  9. eBooks are available to read offline as long as Settings show ‘Reading Storage’  is enabled.  This is usually the default setting.

Note for Audio books

  1. Browse or search for an  Audio Book.
  2. Click on the audiobook you are interested in, then click on ‘Sign in’.
  3. Use your school login and password to sign in.
  4. Once signed in you can select ‘Borrow’ > then click on ‘Play/Pause’.
  5. Ensure you go to the three bar menu   in the right top corner of your screen and select ‘Store Offline’.  This will enable you to listen to the audio book whilst offline.
  6. Click again on the 3 bars to see your book downloading. This may take up to 10 minutes, depending on the size of the book.
  7. Now you should be able to listen to your audiobook offline (eg in car or bus). To check if this will work, turn your wi-fi off and see if you can still hear the sound.





To celebrate Book Week this year we will be hosting two Brisbane based authors.    

Our visiting authors this year are:

Prep to Year 4

Dr Cameron Stelzer - 19 August

Year 5 & Year 6

Nick Earls – 18 August


Bundy author set for busy summer | Queensland Times


Cameron Stelzer is an Australian author and illustrator with a passion for creating exciting children's books and fostering a love of reading, writing and creativity in young people. He is one of Australia's favourite children's authors with books that engage, inspire and excite children. Cameron's books include the internationally award-winning Pie Rats series, the fun and zany Scallywags series, how-to-draw publications, and the Stroogle picture book series. Cameron's books have won many awards.


Nick Earls | Queensland Writers Centre

Nick Earls is the author of twenty-six books for adults, teenagers and children, including novels that have appeared on bestseller lists in Australia, the UK and the Amazon Kindle Store.

Nick Earls is the author of the world’s first etymology-based time-travel adventure series for children, Word Hunters, which was shortlisted in both the Australian Book Industry Awards and the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. His subsequent book for children, New Boy, won Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year (8-10 years) and was shortlisted for the Children’s Peace Literature Award and the Griffith University Children’s Book Award.

In 2012, the Age included him among its top ten Greatest Living Australians (along with Bob Hawke, Warwick Capper and Shane Warne).

Nick's novel New Boy was the focus of an ABC Brisbane radio interview about migration.

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