National Share a Story Month 2020

The Planet we Share

The theme for 2020 is very wide and can include anyone or anything we share this planet with. Enclosed in the pack are some exciting and useful ideas on how book groups, schools, libraries and families can take part.

Anyone interested in joining in is encouraged to hold story sharing sessions, events encompassing art, craft, and cultural activity.  

There are ideas for competitions – and lots of lovely book related prizes generously donated by many publishers.  There is also the added excitement of a writing competition to win a school visit from an author – check out all the details on the website here. All competitions will close at noon on Tuesday 30th June 2020. The winners of all the competitions will be celebrated on our website and in our newsletters – but do also send news of your planned activities, too.  There will be interesting blogs from authors, illustrators and other bookish people on the website during May – check them out!

Included in the pack are booklists that highlight some of the themes and books that could stimulate discussion; as well as resources to use in your group and libraries.

Most of the resources will be available as downloads from the website too.

We look forward too many of you joining in and sharing your stories this May.  You can get in touch with us by email at

We want to express our huge thanks to the publishers who have supported this NSSM, either with prizes, proof copies, tasters, bookmarks, postcards, posters or reading list suggestions – all much appreciated!

  • Allen and Unwin
  • Bonnier
  • Campbell Books
  • Cicada Books
  • Faber and Faber
  • Hachette Kids
  • Macmillan Children’s
  • Penguin Random House
  • Scallywag Press
  • Scholastic
  • Simon and Schuster
  • The Reading Agency
  • Usborne


Hard copy only items –

  • Poster – Flyntock Bones, The Wonderful World of Different, Books are for Sharing, Fantastically Great Women Series
  • Bunting – Fantastically Great Women
  • Postcards – Birds, Me and my Sister, Talking is not my Thing, Life on Mars, The Wall in the Middle of the Book, Lion Lessons, Flyntock Bones.
  • Bookmark – Storm Keeper Series, 

Downloads only –