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.

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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 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.

We wish you all an exciting and dragon inspired month of May!



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

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:


 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.