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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from Reading CBG’s 2014 National Share-a-Story Month events
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: