Astronaut to read book from space for nationwide storytime event

Sunshine Coast author Philip Bunting’s book Give Me Some Space! will soon be read by an astronaut from the International Space Station.

The astronaut, Dr Shannon Walker, is reading the book for National Simultaneous Storytime.

Each 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 other places around the country.

It’s hoped more than 1 million people will take part in this year’s storytime, held at 11am (AEST) on Wednesday 19 May.

Philip said it was pretty exciting that one of his books would soon be read to so many people from space.

“The whole thing is still surreal,” he said.

Give Me Some Space! is a story about a girl who is finding life on earth a bit ‘ho-hum’ and wants to get into space.

Philip said the story featured some pretty cool facts about space, which were checked by NASA.

“We had to run it by NASA. We collaborated over Skype with a NASA astronaut to make sure the details are in check,” he said.

Want to take part in the Australian Library and Information Association’s National Simultaneous Storytime? Register HERE.