National Share-a-Story Month



NSSM 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.


National Share-A-Story Month 2016
NSSM will take place during May 2016 and our theme for 2016 is ‘A Place for Stories’.  The idea is to encourage the telling and sharing of stories in unusual (but safe) places.  Anywhere from under a tree to aboard a canal boat or a cross channel ferry, in the depths of a castle, on a bridge or under a bridge, under the bed, in a café, at a stately home, in the depths of a forest, a tent, at the bottom of the garden, in a bird hide, on an island, at a museum, at a fairground, on the bus, on a park bench…the ideas are endless.
We shall ask for reports and photos of the events and of youngsters reading in unusual places which will be celebrated on this website.
We are in the process of getting together ideas and suggestions and hope to forge links with various organisations.  Keep an eye on the website to find out what is happening!
Do contact us too for any further information. Louise Stothard, NSSM co-ordinator at




National Share a Story Month 2015

The theme for NSSM 2015 was Dragons!
Many thanks to all of you who have taken paert and celebrated with us. You can see reports from some of the events here.

The NSSM 2015 Pack is still available for you to use:  NSSM announcement Dragon for colouring Dragon facts Dragon ideas mind map Dragon links – table of resources Dragons book list Dragon authors and illustrators Treasure Hoard Prizes


The last Book groups have held their dragon inspired days of stories and craft activities, schools and libraries have sent photos of busy children wearing dragon masks and making wonderful displays, and across the country, dragon stories have been enjoyed by all.  The prize draw has finally taken place and we are delighted to announce the following lucky winners…




Oxted Children’s Book Group won the framed Dragon illustration by Korky Paul


Winnie the Witch © Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul, published by Oxford University Press © Winnie the Witch illustration Korky Paul

Ipswich Children’s Book Group won the framed Dragon illustration by Sarah McIntyre:


North Somerset Children’s Book Group won the framed Dragon poem by John Foster, illustrated by Mario Coelho:



Oxford Children’s Book group won a collection of Dragon Books.

Bishops Stortford College Prep school group won a collection of Dragon Books.

South Bucks Children’s Book Group won the Giant Egg Kit generously donated by Bookspace for Schools

Reading Children’s Book group won a collection of Dragon Books.

Bridegewater Primary School, Newcastlle won a collection of Dragon Books.

Dereham Neatherd High School, in Norfolk won a collection of Dragon Books.

The FCBG would like to thank Korky Paul, Sarah McIntyre, John Foster and Mario Coelho for their generous donation of the dragon poem and illustrations.
We thank Bookspace for Schools for their wonderful donation of the Giant Egg Kit.
Also many thanks to the publishers Orion, Random House, Nosy Crow and Orchard for their support and donation of books.

We have been delighted with the enthusiastic response to this year’s Dragon filled NSSM and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part.  We are sorry there are not enough prizes for you all!

An exciting NSSM 2016 is being planned and there will be more news soon!




National Share-A-Story Month 2014

50TH_CCF_Purple_Background250px The theme for National Share-A-Story Month in 2014 was ‘Imagination and Inventiveness’ as we joined with Dahl & Dahl and Puffin Publishers and celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Book groups and individuals held a whole host of events based on ideas linked with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many other wonderful Roald Dahl stories. Puffin provided activity packs, posters and competition prizes and the Dahl Literary Estate supported us too. 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 and suggestions for a new theme! Please email Louise Stothard, NSSM coordinator Photos from Reading CBG’s 2014 National Share-a-Story Month events photo 3 photo 2 photo 1 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: yeov_paper  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!



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.