National Share a Story Month 2019


Looking at Travelling Tales

The theme for 2019 is open to lots of opportunities as so many books include elements of travelling through the landscape, the universe or through life.  Enclosed 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.  Why not try an event in an unusual place – like a Heritage Railway, or a transport museum – great for stimulating ideas and discussion around travelling stories!

There are ideas for competitions – and lots of lovely book related prizes generously donated by many publishers.  The winners will be celebrated on our website – 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 to many of you joining in and sharing your stories this May.  You can get in touch with us by email at or

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!

Alana Max                               Bloomsbury                             Chicken House

Dorling Kindersley                  Faber & Faber                         Graffeg

Hachette Children’s Group incl. Orion Children’s Books

Macmillan Children’s             Nosy Crow                               Old Barn Books

One World                              Otter-Barry Books                   OUP

Pauline Hazelwood & Saddletank Books

Penguin Random House incl. Puffin                                       Rock the Boat



1. Mind Map for Travelling Tales NSSM 2019

2. Competitions Competitions

3. NSSM Eye Catching Titles Eye Catching Titles

4. NSSM Reading Lists Booklists NSSM 2019

5. Sami’s Silver Lining by Cathy Cassidy – featured title Reading Notes (Download only) Samis Silver Lining Resource

6. Polar Bear Explorer’s Club by Alex Bell – Chapter by Chapter resources The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club resource

7. Sami’s Silver Lining by Cathy Cassidy, hard back (hard copy supplied to member groups)

8. Opposite of Always by Justin a Reynolds, proof (hard copy supplied to member groups)

9. Enchantee by Gita Trelease, sampler (hard copy supplied to member groups)

10. How to Draw an Engine by Pauline Hazelwood How to Draw an Engine by Pauline Hazelwood

11. BookTrust Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate with these Laureate books with a travelling theme…Booktrust Laureate List

12. Macmillan Moon Landing 50th Anniversary pack (hard copy supplied to member groups)

13. Macmillan Out of this World Activities Poster (hard copy supplied to member groups)

14. DK Around the World in 80 Ways poster (hard copy supplied to member groups)

15. Postcards – Skylarks’ War, A Long Walk to Water, Boy at the Back of the Class, Once Upon a Wild Wood (hard copy supplied to member groups)

16. Bookmarks – Skylarks’ War, Explorers on Witch Mountain, Cathy Cassidy, Nevermoor, Running on the Roof of the World. (hard copy supplied to member groups)