National Share-a-Story Month
Resource type: Event
Price band: Free
Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3
Region(s): All of UK
National Share-a-Story Month was set up by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups as an annual celebration of the power of stories. National Share-a-Story Month takes place through the month of May and has a different theme each year. The theme for 2023 is ‘Sail Away in a Story’.
Supporting resources for National Share-a-Story Month are available on the FCBG website, including:
- A themed booklist and suggestions for creative activities.
- A Boat Design and Short Story competition. Both competitions are open to children aged 5+ with a submission deadline of 1st June.
About The Federation of Children’s Book Groups: The FCBG is an umbrella organisation that coordinates and supports the work of local Children’s Book Groups across the UK. As well as events for parents and children organised at a local level, the FCBG also organises the FCBG Children’s Book Award and other national events to help bring children and books together.
- Sign up for one of the free online author events from Hay Festival’s Programme for Schools on 25th and 26th May. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 pupils.
- Visit our Access to Authors section to find more online author events and organisations that can help you arrange an author visit to your school.
- Run a Readathon sponsored read as part of your National Share-a-Story Month and raise money to provide books for children in hospital as well as for your own library.
- Get involved with this term’s Creative Campaign from the British Library and create your own class library of handmade books.
- Sign up for the Story Seekers, a free, fully-resourced oracy and creative literacy project from the National and Unicorn Theatres for pupils aged 6-11 based around finding, telling and sharing stories from around the globe.
- Encourage young readers to post reviews of books they have read and recommend them to their peers on the Toppsta book review site.
- Check out these ideas and activities to encourage reading for pleasure from the National Literacy Trust and the School Library Association.
- Explore the latest Reading for Pleasure pedagogy and find examples of practice from teachers around the country on the OU Reading for Pleasure website.
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