As part of our celebrations for National Share a Story Month (NSSM) this year, we have organised a series of guest posts which will explore the theme A Place for Stories.
As a lead in, during the last week of April, author and publisher Christopher Lloyd will be talking about his latest book, the What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of British History, which he has generously given to each of our local Children’s Book Groups to coincide with NSSM. The timeline makes links between key moments in British History and a selection of National Trust properties from around the country – a great starting point for exploring our Place for Stories theme. This will be followed by a post by picture book creator Steve Antony, whose most recent book, The Queen’s Handbag, features some of Britain’s most famous landmarks.
During the first week of May, we will be hearing about the work of three dedicated story centres in different parts of the country which focus on celebrating books for children and provide great places for story-based exhibitions, activities and events: The Story Museum (Oxford); Seven Stories (Newcastle); and The Discover Centre (London).
In the second week we will be considering some of the local places that offer opportunities for families and schools to discover and share stories together: an independent bookshop, that has recently developed a new reading space for its customers; a fantastic annual story-based project organised by a public library service, which takes place in a local nature reserve; and Tricia Adams (School Library Association) will look at how school libraries are creating inspiring spaces.
The theme of the third week will be looking at three examples of sharing stories on buses: the development of a double-decker bus by a storytelling company (Storytelling Bus); the experience of working on a bus which delivers books and stories to children in Africa (Book Bus); and the inspiring story of a school that has just completed creating a new school library on a bus.
The final week will feature posts about the development of an urban roof garden which is brimming over with stories; puppet-based storytelling on a canal barge; and a round-up of favourite places by our very own Fed Ted, who will be out and about throughout the month, tweeting about his adventures.
The month will end on a real high with the awards ceremony for this year’s Children’s Book Award on Saturday 28th May. We hope to finish NSSM with a flourish by reporting on this event which is always a fantastic celebration of children’s own enjoyment of sharing stories.
Find out more at: http://www.fcbg.org.uk/national-share-a-story-month/
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