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about NSS

National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.
Now in its 17th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy.

At 11.00am on Wednesday 24 May 2017, Maitland City Library will join over 3,500 libraries and schools across Australia in reading the picture book, The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson.

get involved

11.00am Wednesday 24 May

Join us for special National Simultaneous Storytime events at every Maitland City Library branch.

Our guest readers, the Councillors of Maitland, will read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon. There will also be more stories, songs and rhymes to be enjoyed.  

Come along and join in the fun.

If you can’t make it to the library, watch multi-talented performer Eddie Perfect read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon on Storybox.
Storybox is like an online Storytime, featuring favourite Australian stories read by our best storytellers. All you need is your library card number.

For more information contact us 

about the book

This is a re-imagining of the classic nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle.

We all know the cow jumped over the moon.
But did you know the story behind the brave bovine?

Cow is determined to make the big jump. But it seems the harder she tries, the harder she falls!
With the support of her friends the cat, the fiddle, the dish, the spoon and the little dog, will Cow finally make that fateful leap?
With themes of friendship and perseverance, this is the classic nursery rhyme, just not as you know it.


Hey diddle diddle

You all know the riddle

A cow jumps over the moon ...

about the author
Tony Wilson

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.
Tony lives in Melbourne with his four children and wife, Tamsin.

Apart from writing for children, he’s also written novels for adults (Players, Making News), appeared regularly on radio, started the speeches site Speakola, and directed a feature documentary, The Galahs, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016.