Embracing the power of storytelling for National Share-A-Story Month


It’s time for teachers to embrace the power of storytelling throughout May, as part of National Share-A-Story Month.

The annual initiative from The Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG) aims to encourage more children to take up reading and to appreciate the influence of the written word.

A wide range of publishers and other organisations have supported the celebration, pushing out a number of guides and resources for teachers, parents and youngsters.

National Share-A-Story Month has an overarching theme each year and in 2019 it will be ‘Travelling Tales’ – stories with travel at their heart, be it via a car or boat or a journey through time and space.

What can teachers do throughout May?

The FCBG is keen on teaching staff to embrace National Share-A-Story Month by hosting story sharing sessions and events.

This could be a visit to a location associated with travel, such as a transport museum or heritage railway, or even arts and crafts that relate to the overall topic.

The key is to stimulate debate, ideas and discussion around travelling stories and to look into what makes literature fun and engaging.

Many well-known books have literature at their heart, including C.S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy – both have been transformed into hit movies and offer ample opportunities to embrace the FCBG’s main theme.

Primary and Secondary teachers may want to quiz pupils on their favourite books or have discussions around their favourite childhood memories.

National Share-A-Story Month is also a brilliant opportunity to embrace creative writing or to have an activity where all pupils can create a story by each adding their own line or section.

A wide range of resources to accompany National Share-a-Story Month can be found on the FCBG website.

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