Celebrate the Power of Storytelling with National Share-a-Story Month

The Federation of Children’s Book Groups is an organisation that was started in the 1960s. It was created in response to parents’ desires to learn more about children’s books and how to encourage their own children to read more. Children’s Book Groups were created all over the UK, and the Federation served to link them all together. The Federation has been responsible for a number of different initiatives including National Share-a-Story Month.

What is National Share-a-Story Month?

It is a celebration that takes place every year throughout the month of May. It has proved to be an excellent way to celebrate storytelling and how powerful it can be. Children and stories are brought together with a variety of different events that take place across the UK. A different theme is used for each year and for 2019 was Travelling Tales – stories that involve any sort of travel, from the usual trains and boats and planes, to journeys through time and space.

National Share a Story Month 2020

The Planet we Share

The theme for 2020 is very wide and can include anyone or anything we share this planet with. Enclosed in the pack are some exciting and useful ideas on how book groups, schools, libraries and families can take part.

Anyone interested in joining in is encouraged to hold story sharing sessions, events encompassing art, craft, and cultural activity.  

For more information about this years activities and event please click here

As it is the 75th Anniversary of VE day maybe you would like to share a story about the war with your child, there are a couple of classics we can recommend.

Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden. Carrie’s War paints a poignant and realistic picture of what the second world war was like for a child. The second world war was traumatic and frightening for children, and those being evacuated had to be very brave. Carrie’s War captures the true reality of war for a child, and it doesn’t sentimentalise war.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  It’s about two best friends, one Jewish, during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, and it’s extraordinary; honest and wise without being sentimental or exploitative. 

Blitzcat by Robert Westall.  Is a fantastically evocative novel about the Blitz. It’s told from the point of view of a cat who passes through many human lives, achieving something like what Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse did with the first world war.

Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard. A child’s-eye view of war which is both startlingly unsentimental and weirdly dreamlike, it’s not written for children but teenagers would enjoy it.

Pied Piper by Neville Shute. which was actually written during the war and is about an elderly Englishman who becomes responsible for a growing group of children as he tries to escape from the German invasion of France in 1940.

If you would like to talk to your children about what VE day is and why we celebrate it with some easy to understand resources please check out the BBC’s newsround site which has lots of useful and interesting information here