Storytime Online

young child wearing headphones

We are excited to invite you to our new monthly online storytimes!

Featuring some of Australia’s greatest picture book authors and illustrators, these virtual sessions are the perfect way to bring your favourite authors into your lounge rooms, classrooms and early learning centres.  

In each fun-filled session, an outstanding author will share a live reading of their book, and surprise you with a themed activity, ranging from songs to puppets and games.  

Online storytimes are designed for children 3–6 years of age and will take place on the third Wednesday of each month during school terms only. There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.


Author Debra Tidball

Storytime online with Debra Tidball

15 June 11 am – 11.30 am 

Join award-winning author Debra Tidball and her bag of toys, as she reads her interactive picture book The Scared Book. Get ready for games, rhymes and lots of monster fun! 

Perfect for children aged 3 to 5 years.   


Author Coral Vass headshot

Storytime online with Coral Vass 

20 July 11 am – 11.30 am 

To celebrate the new exhibition at the State Library Imagine … the wonder of picture books, award-winning author Coral Vass joins us for a spectacular online storytime! Coral will share some of her favourite picture books, including Grandma’s Treasured Shoes, which is featured in the exhibition. Enjoy a wonderful half-hour of puppets, performing and storytelling.  



Collage of turtle named Little Pago and author Lauren Briggs in front of State Library NSW

Storytime online with Lauren Briggs 

17 August 11 am – 11.30 am 

In a Science Week spectacular, join illustrator and storyteller Lauren Briggs as she shares her new children's picture book, Little Pago. Through storytelling, art and craft and exciting educational facts, this session will empower your little ones to see how they can help the environment. This is the perfect session to share with 2 to 5 year olds who love sea animals, the ocean and a whole lot of adventure. 



Author/Illustrator Tina Matthews drawing in her art studio

Storytime online with Tina Matthews 

21 September 11 am – 11.30 am 

Join author and illustrator Tina Matthews, as she reads her delightful picture books A Great Cake and Waiting for Later. Get ready to sing along to Tina’s ukulele and enjoy a special silhouette art activity. Perfect for children aged 3 to 8 years.   


Author illustrator Renee Treml

Storytime online with Renée Treml 

19 October 11 am – 11.30 am 

Enjoy a spectacular storytime with author and illustrator Renee Treml as you learn about Australian animals using songs, stories and movement. We’ll go on a colour hunt with Roo Knows Blue, hop like a kangaroo with This Little Joey, practice our counting with Ten Little Owls, and sing a lullaby with Wombat Big, Puggle Small. 

Perfect for children aged 3 to 6 years.   


Illustrated dinosaur in front of the State Library building

Storytime online with Sara Acton 

16 November 11 am – 11.30 am

Join award-winning author and illustrator Sara Acton for storytelling, dinosaur adventures and drawing! Discover what dinosaurs do on their day off in Dinosaur Day Out and listen to Sara’s latest picture book Jack’s Jumper. Get your paper and pencil ready and draw along in this fun-filled interactive storytime. 

Perfect for children aged 3-8 years.