National Share-a-Story Month

National Share-A-Story Month (NSSM) is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, providing a fantastic opportunity to fulfil the core aim of the FCBG of bringing children and stories together.

Across the country Federation book groups and individuals run a whole host of events. Each year we are inspired by a specific theme and work with different organisations to provide people with resources and opportunities.

50TH_CCF_Purple_Background250pxWe are delighted to announce that the theme for National Share-A-Story Month 2014 is ‘Imagination and Inventiveness’ as we join with Dahl & Dahl and Puffin Publishers to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This May Federation book groups and individuals will be encouraged to run a whole host of events based on ideas linked with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many other wonderful Dahl Publications. Puffin are providing activity packs, posters and competition prizes and the Dahl Literary Estate is supporting us too.

We hope that large numbers of events will take place in schools and communities, using the wonderful story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to inspire young people to share stories with each other.

For more information please email Louise Stothard, NSSM coordinator nssm@fcbg.org.uk

We are grateful to Puffin, Dahl and Dahl, Spineless Classics and McLaggan Mugs for their generosity in donating this year’s prizes.

We are now looking forward to NSSM 2015 and would welcome any ideas for a new theme!

Photos from Reading CBG’s 2014 National Share-a-Story Month events

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Members of Reading CBG donned Willy Wonka style top hats and waistcoats for the Roald Dahl themed drop in activity at Reading Central Library on Saturday 10th May. Tables were spread with a variety of activities, information about the Federation and chocolate cake (to celebrate the 50th birthday of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Even before the official start time, families started to arrive and before we knew it the library was heaving with 60 children plus their parents! As one of the events of the annual Children’s Festival, we were in the official programme and the inclement weather also worked in our favour. Children of all ages had a go at making ‘sweets that looked round’ and ‘luminous lollipops’, creating their own sweetie concoctions and entering a quiz about the author. Lots of interest in the group, smiley faces and full tummies – an unqualified success! Happy Birthday Charlie!

Yeo Valley CBG’s event makes the local news!

Local papers covered Yeo Valley’s very successful NSSM event.
There is an article in the Weston Mercury, and this article was published in The North Somerset Times on 21st May:

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 Saddlesworth CBG

Mr Willy Wonka turned up as a surprise guest! He gave out Golden Tickets and chocolates to children who completed the quiz.  Book group members designed sweets and ice creams with imagination and flair, as well as making top hats fit for the most glamorous of Dahl occasions.  Willy Wonka judged all the design competitions and there were lots of books as prizes, some donated by Waterstones Oldham. Local Yorkshire author Roddy Brooks  came to the event and donated two copies of his book, The Journey, which he signed for lucky winners.
Children built a Great Glass Elevator, which became a popular play area for the entire event, and there were Augustus Gloop and Mike Teavee games to join in with too.
After all the crafts and games, storytelling and building, there was a chance for all the children to try Wonka’s Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and many children also took home Stickjaw Toffee, for talkative parents.
All in all, it was a happy party atmosphere!

Special guest Willy Wonka!

Special guest Willy Wonka!

Stickjaw!

Stickjaw!

Launch event activities

Launch event activities

Launch event activities

Launch event activities

Great Glass Elevator

Great Glass Elevator

Oxted CBG

donkey derby photo 2014On a sunny June afternoon the Oxted Children’s Book Group ran a book stall at our local scout group’s Donkey Derby.  We hoped to raise awareness of the Group and so attract some new members, as well as selling books from previous testing years.  We were pleased to raise £200, half of which we have donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.