National Storytelling Week 2021

Join in with National Storytelling Week from 30 January until 6 February and celebrate the tradition that is storytelling! You can be as creative as you like – make up stories, read stories from books or even act them out.
Did you know our Winter Reading Challenge theme this year is Reading Together? If you haven’t already, why not sign up and cuddle up with a couple of books – if your child reads four books they earn a certificate.

Many of us grew up visiting the library as children; sitting down on a rug or cushion as story books were read out loud, that was always a highlight. After all, how lucky weren’t we that our visit coincided with the library’s storytime?
We now know it wasn’t always luck, most of the time our parents, grandparents or carers found out when the weekly storytime took place. Nevertheless, the magic that is listening to stories are just as incredible, and seeing children experience this wonder is just as magical as our own experiences. In the last year, our staff and volunteers have missed sitting down and reading stories to mesmerised children, and we’re sure parents and children alike are missing our storytimes as much as we are.
But a pandemic won’t stop us sharing stories with you all. Over the past ten months our staff have filmed themselves reading stories, which we have shared with you as videos on Facebook and YouTube.

As we all continue to do our part, we here at Hampshire Libraries are continuing to do our virtual storytimes. If you’ve missed them, catch up on our Storytime playlist on YouTube – where we are adding more every week.

If your child or your children enjoy listening to books, why not try eAudiobooks from BorrowBox – our eBook provider. Download the app to your smartphone or tablet, login with your library card, or your child’s library card, and you can download up to five eAudiobooks and eBooks at a time. Perfect to enjoy while crafting, walking or doing chores together.

If they haven’t tried audiobooks before, why not give our bedtime stories a go? Our staff read and recorded reading some of their favourite chapter books, and you can find them, like our other videos, on our YouTube channel.

If you are looking for some books to read together, or to read at bedtime, we can recommend these five titles. All available as eBooks, as well as physical books that you can reserve, for a small charge, and collect from your local library.

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 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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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.

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.

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.

What is a book you remember reading as a child with your parents? Or a book you always wanted them to read to you at bedtime? Let us know in the comments below!

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