Give me some Space!

Una dreams of a life in Space. Life on Earth is just so so-so. But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?

On May 19th 2021 (11am AEST), this book will be read simultaneously to over 1 million children across Australia and New Zealand. Better still, Give Me Some Space! will be read live… by an astronaut… from the International Space Station!

National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually, thanks to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Each year, one book is selected to be read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around Australia and New Zealand. Read more about National Simultaneous Storytime at alia.org.au/nss.

Register for the free event
If you and your family, class, bookshop, library, childcare centre, or conga line of vagabonds would like to take part on the day, please register for the event below.

Kit out your classroom
To help your space look the part for National Simultaneous Storytime 2021, ALIA are offering a whole host of sweet Give Me Some Space! merchandise (posters, badges, Bunting bunting, and alike).

Order the book
Give Me Some Space! is published in Australia by Scholastic Australia, in New Zealand by Scholastic New Zealand (December 2020), and in the USA by Scholastic Inc (2021).


We have lift-off!
Watch Give Me Some Space! take off for the International Space Station. This launch took place on 3rd October 2020, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. A previous launch attempt on 1st October was scrubbed. As well as my book, other items on board the rocket included a crop of radishes that will grow in the station’s plant habitat, and a new space toilet! Let’s hope there was some space loo roll on board too, otherwise Give Me Some Space! might meet a premature and grizzly end, at the grizzly end of an astronaut. Skip to about 30 mins to see the launch:


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