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 2015 We are delighted to announce that the theme for NSSM 2015 is Dragons! We are sure this exciting topic will lend itself to a whole host of storytelling events, craft activities and workshops or puppet shows. The culture of Chinese, Welsh and Viking dragons could be explored, dragon models made and stories and poems written about shy, fearless, friendly or frightening dragons. There could be research into the science of dragons (could they really fly?), exploration into myths and legends about dragons and suggestions about what a dragon would like for tea. The ideas are endless and we are really looking forward to hearing about the events and activities planned for the month of May. Do keep us informed at email@example.com If groups let us know about their events, they will be entered into a prize draw and the information posted on the web site. Publishers have offered us copies of Dragon books and we have been given Dragon illustrations for prizes too. We encourage book groups to organize Dragon themed short story or poetry competitions and the winning entries can be celebrated on the NSSM page of the FCBG website. A pack of ideas and suggestions has been sent to each book group and links to useful resources and is available here also: NSSM 2015 Pack 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 Bookspace for Schools have created an exciting Dragon’s Egg Resource pack which is available to schools for NSSM events. They have also kindly donated a Giant Egg Kit to be included in the prize draw. Please check out their website here for access to the resource pack. You will need to sign up and sign in in order to access the pack. Look out for several interesting blog posts from Dragon story writers, illustrators and storytellers during the month.
Many thanks to the delightful Sarah McIntyre who has generously sent us this Dragon illustration which will be framed and added to the other wonderful prizes for the Dragon events draw:
The great poet John Foster not only donated one of his Dragon poems but arranged for the artist Mario Coelho to illustrate it for us! This is a marvellous original piece of art work and we are very grateful to John and Mario. This also is framed and one of our prizes:
A huge Thank you to all the groups, school, libraries and individuals who have joined in with Dragony events and activities to celebrate National Share a Story Month 2015. There have been wonderful story telling sessions, craft makes, dragon puppets, dragon dressing up, Dragony food and dragon eggs to name just a few of the marvellous ideas you have all come up with. We shall be posting reports of events as they come in. It has been delightful to see how the theme has been taken up and so much enjoyment had as can be seen by the photographs.
The blogs posts have been really interesting and inspirational and we have been pleased with the interest shown on social media!
The prize draw will take place at the end of July as many groups are holding events during June.
Thankyou again and look out for news of next years theme!
Louise and Chris
Louise Stothard and Chris Routh
National Share-A-Story Month 2014
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: Saddlesworth CBG