National Storytelling Week 2020

Join in with National Storytelling Week from 1 February until 8 February and celebrate the tradition that is storytelling!
You can be as creative as you like – take part in storytelling activities, make up stories, read stories from books or even act them out.

Make sure to join us for some great storytelling activities:

Storytime Sessions

Storytime sessions the perfect time to relax and listen to stories being read out loud, aimed at under 5’s the stories are all age appropriate, and the wide range of picturebooks means these sessions are enjoyed by all ages.


miniChatterbooks is an after school group for children age 4-7, it’s a chance to listen to stories, talk about books, do crafts, play games and much more! It’s a great opportunity for young children to get excited about books and learn to share their love for stories with others.


Chatterbooks is an after school group that meats monthly in the library to discover new books, read and write reviews, find new authors and take part in quizzes, activities, crafts and lots more! Suitable for ages 8-12, these groups are perfect for young bookworms to meet like minded children and make new friends.

Reading Groups

Reading Groups are a friendly way to explore new books each month and share thoughts and ideas.
If you can’t make it to the meetings, why not try our digital reading group?


Rhymetime is sure to get everyone singing and moving through songs and rhythm! Suitable for under 4’s, all ages are welcome to take part and are bound to have fun!

VIP Reading Group

VIP Reading Group allows people who are visually impaired to come enjoy and relax at a reading group without having to worry about their sight loss. All titles chosen in the reading group are available in large print and audio.

You can also borrow books from any Hampshire Library branch or download eBooks and audiobooks using BorrowBox.

Looking for some books to read at bedtime? Check out these wonderful books:

Image result for Aalfred and Aalbert / Morag Hood.

Aalfred and Aalbert
by Morag Hood
Age: 0+

An adorable love story between aardvarks. Aardvarks Aalfred and Aalbert both need a pal. But Aalfred sleeps in the day, and Aalbert sleeps at night. How will they ever get the chance to meet? Bird conjures up a series of sillier and sillier schemes to get the two aardvarks into the same place, but their paths simply refuse to cross. Until one day, when they find each other in the most unexpected way – and now Aalfred and Aalbert will never lose each other again.

Image result for Princess Sleepyhead and the night-night bear / Peter Bently, Laura Ellen Anderson.

Princess Sleepyhead and the night-night bear
by Peter Bently and Laura Ellen Anderson
Age: 3+

Night has fallen on the castle, and all the people and animals in the kingdom are snuggled up and snoozing. All except Princess Sleepyhead – she’s tried running, jumping, counting and chasing, but it’s no use – she just can’t get to sleep! Luckily the night-night Bear is on hand to help.

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The Snatchabook 
by Helen Docherty
Age: 4+

In every house, in every bed, A bedtime book was being read. But then, one night, all the animals’ bedtime story books start disappearing. Is there a book thief? And who could it be? One brave little rabbit sets out to solve the mystery.

Good night, Little Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
Age: 4+

When Little Rainbow Fish can’t fall asleep, there is only one thing that can help: his mommy! Little Rainbow Fish’s mom promises to watch over him, no matter if he is in the ink cloud of an octopus, lost in the deep blue sea, or simply having a bad dream. It works. Little Rainbow Fish is soon sound asleep.

Ivy and Bean series
by Written by Annie Barrows
For ages 6+

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn’t be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quick Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humour make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean.

The treehouse series
by Andy Griffiths
Age: 6+

Laugh-out-loud adventures in the wackiest treehouse ever!

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Happy times in Noisy Village
by Astrid Lindgren
Age: 6+

In the middle of the countryside, there are three farms, all in a row, where Lisa, her two brothers, and their friends live. There’s never a quiet day for the children of Noisy Village!

The sheep-pig
by Dick King-Smith
Age: 7+

When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the local fair, Mrs Hogget thinks of fattening it up for the freezer. But the old sheepdog, Fly, takes him under her wing and starts to train him up as a sheep-pig, whose methods of getting the sheep to do what he wants are rather unconventional.

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The midnight gang
by David Walliams
Age: 7+

When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward. But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime! ‘The Midnight Gang’ tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward – and on a quest for adventure. It is a story of friendship and magic – and of making dreams come true.

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by Roald Dahl
Age: 8+

Matilda’s parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she’s a genius and they’re the stupid ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, as well as discovering that she has a very special power.

The unforgotten coat
by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Age: 9+

Julie tells the story of the unexpected arrival at the school of Chingis and Nergui, two brothers from Mongolia. When they ask her to become their “Good Guide”, Julie gets completely caught up in their stories, and it is hard to tell the imaginary from the horribly real dangers they face.

The 1,000-year-old boy
by Ross Welford
Age: 9+

Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. Obviously no one believes him, so when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, he embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live – which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

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by Nicola Skinner
Age: 10+

A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older, ‘Bloom’ is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives.

Journey to the river sea
by Eva Ibbotson
Age: 10+

Maia, orphaned at 13, is unhappy to be staying with relatives hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She becomes friends with an English boy who lives with the locals. They are forced to flee upriver, pursued by an assortment of eccentric characters.

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Hour of the bees
by Lindsay Eagar
Age: 12+

The relationship between grandchild and grandparent isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, so it’s refreshing to come across this novel in which 12-year-old Carol isn’t exactly thrilled about being hauled away from friends and pool parties to move her mentally ill grandfather into a care home. But what follows in this skilfully written, debut, coming-of-age novel is Carol surprising herself as she sees glimmers of something special in what her parents dismiss as her grandfather’s madness.  

Skulduggery Pleasant
by Derek Landy
Age: 12+

Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

Floored: when seven lives collide
by Sara Barnard
Age: 13+

When they got in the lift that morning, they were strangers. Sasha, who is at the UK’s biggest TV centre desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s by far the richest – and best-looking – guy in the lift; Velvet, who regrets wearing the world’s least comfortable shoes to work experience; Dawson, who isn’t the good-looking teen star he was and desperate not to be recognized; Kaitlyn, who’s slowly losing her sight but won’t admit it, and Joe, who shouldn’t be there at all, but who wants to be there the most. And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

by Josh Martin
Age: 14+

Aula and Joomia have been chosen to decide the fate of their people. On their eighteenth birthday, the girls will compete in a mysterious and dangerous trial to prevent a war between their two nations.
Now, with just a year left, Aula and Joomia must prepare. There’s no time for friendship, no space for love. But how can you train for a deadly challenge you know nothing about?

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