National Story Month: Best Books & Stories
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National Share a Story Month is celebrated in May and it's the perfect time to get lost in a good book! We love to share stories at World Book Day, as we're excited to be supporting National-Share-A-Story-Month, an annual celebration of the beauty and wonder of storytelling.
The Federation of Children's Book Groups is hosting this event, which is a fantastic chance for families to exchange tales and books, as well as read and write collectively.
Whether you're reading to your children or looking for a good read yourself, we've got some recommendations for the best stories and books to enjoy this month!
1. "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister - Recommended Age 4+
For those looking for a simpler story, "The Rainbow Fish" is another timeless classic that will hold your child's attention from beginning to end.
This award-winning book tells the story of a beautiful fish who learns the true value of friendship and community.
It's a great choice for younger children and families to read together, as it teaches important lessons in an engaging and fun way.
2. "Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis - Recommended Age 7+
This enchanting classic is one of the most beloved children's books of all time and a great way to get into National Share-a-Story Month.
This magical story follows four siblings who discover a magical wardrobe that leads them to Narnia, a land plagued by an evil White Witch. Full of fantasy and adventure, this book is perfect for both children and adults looking for something magical to read this month.
3. "Harry Potter" by JK Rowling - Recommended Age 9+
Whether you're a die-hard Harry Potter fan or are just getting started with this popular series, there's no better time than National Share-a-Story Month to dive into the magical world of Hogwarts.
This epic tale follows young wizard Harry Potter on his journey as he takes on dark wizards, dangerous creatures, and much more in his quest to defeat evil.
With its complex characters, thrilling plot twists, and incredible worldbuilding, this series is truly a masterpiece and perfect for anyone looking for an immersive and captivating read.
4. "Percy Jackson" by Rick Riordan - Recommended Age 9+
This action-packed series is perfect for readers who are looking for an adventure.
The story follows Percy Jackson, a demigod (half-human, half-god) who must stop the evil god Kronos from rising to power and destroying the world.
With great characters, humour, and non-stop action, this series is sure to keep you entertained from beginning to end.
5. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee - Recommended Age 13+
"To Kill a Mockingbird," is an American classic that depicts the narrative of racial inequality in the deep south as a good choice for something a bit more nuanced.
Atticus Finch is a white lawyer who offers to represent a black man charged with a criminal offense he did not commit.
This gripping novel tackles challenging themes in a way that is both thought-provoking and eye-opening, making it an excellent pick for readers yearning for a challenge this month.
6. "Carry On" by Rainbow Rowell - Recommended Age 13+
And last but not least, if you're looking for something a little more light-hearted and humorous, "Carry On" is a perfect choice.
This fan favourite follows Simon Snow, a teenage wizard who must fight off dark forces and save the magical world from ruination - while also trying to survive his final year at magic school.
With plenty of action, adventure, and romance, this book is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.
7. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins - Recommended Age 14+
Another great series for adventure lovers is "The Hunger Games", which tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a girl who is forced to fight for her life in a brutal and deadly competition.
Set in a post-apocalyptic future, this series takes readers on an epic journey from start to finish, as Katniss struggles to survive the trials of the games.
With its complex characters, thrilling plot twists, and exciting action sequences, this series will keep you captivated from beginning to end.
8. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth - Recommended Age 14+
If you're looking for something more dystopian in nature, then "Divergent" is the perfect choice for you.
This gripping novel tells the story of Tris Prior who lives in a world that is divided into five factions based on human virtues - but when Tris learns she's Divergent (able to exist in multiple factions), her life is thrown into chaos.
Filled with action, adventure, and romance, this series has something for everyone.
9. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas - Recommended Age 16+
For something a little more modern, "The Hate U Give" is a powerful and timely novel that addresses issues of race, justice, and family in today's society.
The story follows Starr, a black teenager who witnesses the shooting of her unarmed friend by a police officer. As she tries to make sense of what happened, she must also deal with the fallout from her community which threatens to tear her family apart.
This thought-provoking book is perfect for readers who are looking for a story that will make them think about the world around them.
10. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins - Recommended Age 18+
For a mystery novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, "The Girl on the Train" is an excellent choice. This gripping story follows Rachel Watson, a woman who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees every day on her daily commute to London and finds herself caught up in a dark and twisted mystery as she tries to uncover the truth behind their lives.
With its complex characters and twisting plot, this book is sure to captivate readers from beginning to end.
Spending a few minutes each day reading and discussing stories with kids can make a huge difference throughout their lives, and it's also a great deal of fun!
If you're searching for a fantasy or something more contemporary, National Share-a-Story Month is the perfect time to dive into some of the best books and stories around.
Now Get Your Books Ready!
Whether you're reading with your children or enjoying a good read on your own, these are just a few of the best stories and books for this month's celebration of storytelling.
So pick up your favourite book today and get lost in the magic!
We hope you enjoy these recommendations and have a great National Share-a-Story Month!
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