National Share a Story Month 2020 – The Planet we Share!

Who could have known that the theme we chose for this year’s NSSM would be so overtaken by events worldwide?  That doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy NSSM2020 – we just need to do it in a different way than we would normally.  

Due to me living in the country – and the Post Office not being on any route I could genuinely call a necessary trip  – I’m afraid all the hard copy group resources will have to be posted as soon as conditions in the lockdown ease – don’t worry I have them all here and they are ready to go to groups when social distancing and lockdown is eased.  Meanwhile, we have made all the resources and reading lists we can available early online – so that they can be used by members who are home schooling, as well as by any school members providing schooling for the children of key workers. Do take a look – there are lots of books listed you could find useful for sharing.   

We are also delighted that we have a whole range of fascinating blogs coming up in May – watch out for them spread around the month.  They are from authors and illustrators from debuts to well established popular authors – something for everyone, I hope!

We are thrilled that publishers Scholastic and author Amber Lee Dodd both agreed that the competition that we had planned should go ahead – here are the details.

Win a fantastic visit for your school from author Amber Lee Dodd, author of the amazing The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley, published by Scholastic.  Amber will visit one school in the new academic year (Sept 2020 – June 2021) at a date and time which is mutually convenient to both the school and to Amber.  She will travel by train to the school so transfer to and from your local rail station must be provided by the winning school. Full competition terms and conditions are available here.

Entries are welcome from pupils aged 9 to 12 years and may be prose or poetry, of no more than a maximum length of 500 words.  Entries must be submitted via electronic means – via email, in an easily readable format and must reflect the theme of home in some form – e.g. the writer’s home or an imaginary home of a different person or creature. 

Entries must be submitted by the closing date of 12 noon on 30th June 2020 to  The winner will be chosen by judges from FCBG, who will compile a shortlist,  and the final winner will be chosen from that shortlist by Amber Lee Dodd. 

Why not try your luck?

Meanwhile, enjoy sharing stories…

Tricia Adams

NSSM Coordinator


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