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Stars at Reading and Swindon with Anna

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Performing stories is a powerful way of helping children to liberate their imagination, to experience joy in play and to gain confidence in expressing themselves through their own performances. The most recent Jean Russell Storytelling events at Swindon, with Aldbourne CBG, and at Reading, with Reading CBG, were powerful demonstrations of just that. Performance storytelling […]

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Guest post from Jo Cotterill- The Power of Shared Stories

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National Share a Story Month is all about raising the profile of stories, the joy of sharing them and the fun this can be. Although NSSM is over for this year, the message and ideas it embodies are relevant all year round. Jo Cotterill explores the importance of stories and friendship in this guest post. […]

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Transported to the past at Weston-super-Mare

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Encouraging children to listen to, share and nurture their imaginations through storytelling is the cornerstone of the Federation of Children’s Book Group’s Jean Russell Storytelling Project and the 2 day StoryFest involving 5 primary schools in Weston-super-Mare certainly achieved its aim to inspire children to learn storytelling skills. The children rose to the occasion magnificently. […]

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Exciting Events!

We have just heard about two exciting book based events are happening in Newcastle during the summer: Michael Morpurgo, a Lifetime in Stories A new exhibition about Michael Morpurgo and his work is opening at Seven Stories on Saturday 2nd July 2016 and will run until June 2017, followed by a National tour. This will […]

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Vampire Rats win the Children’s Book Award

Following in the footsteps of Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake and J.K. Rowling, Children’s Book Award Winners of 2016 with My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat!, published by Nosy Crow, author Pamela Butchart and illustrator Thomas Flintham were clearly delighted with their win and with their opportunity to show off the trophy and the portfolios on […]

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NSSM Guest Post from… Fed Ted!

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As this year’s National Share A Story Month comes to a end, our very own FCBG bear looks back on a month of travelling in search of interesting places to share stories in and tells us about some favourite moments … I’ve had such an exciting month getting out and about finding lovely places to […]

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NSSM Guest post from the Puppet Theatre Barge

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Rob Humphreys, director at the Puppet Theatre Barge in London, takes us into an unusual and very exciting world of storytelling, where almost anything is possible. If you want to hear a story, you might decide to reach for a book and enjoy the solitude of reading in bed, you might head for the sofa […]

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NSSM Guest Post from Dave Richards

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Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is a Development Education Centre close to the heart of Reading’s town centre. They work with schools and community groups to raise the profile of global issues and promote action for sustainable development, human rights and social justice. As part of RISC’s focus on sustainable development and food security, the edible […]

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Private Peaceful

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On the 28th May, this year’s Children’s Book Awards are being held. Always a fantastic occasion, this year’s short list is full of wonderful titles, each one voted for by children. This coveted prize was won in 2004 by Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ which is being re-issued this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of […]

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NSSM Guest Post from Bodnant Community School

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When putting this year’s NSSM series of guest posts together, I was really keen to include an example of a school library on a bus. By sheer chance I spotted a tweet about a school that had just opened their new library bus and was delighted when Penny Williams, accepted my invitation to write an […]

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