National Storytelling Week, a storytelling extravaganza takes places between the 27th January to 3rd February and encourages all ages to celebrate the joy of telling and listening to stories.
Hannah from The Little Bookshop in Chapel Allerton shares her ‘Top 7 Picks’ if you are looking for new books to enjoy during National Storytelling Week.
1. A Miffy Board Book
This super tactile board book is a great introduction to the much-loved character Miffy. The shape makes it easy to hold and cuddle and inside Miffy explores first words in Dick Bruna’s signature illustration style. A great gift for a baby.
2. Hats of Faith
We are real fans of this book in the shop. A simple, but beautifully illustrated look at head coverings associated with different faiths and cultures. This book really is a celebration of diversity and curated by a team of formidable women.
3. Little People, Big Dreams. Frida Khalo
The Little People, Big Dreams series have been huge sellers for us and we’re so inspired that our local community are passionate about sharing the stories of these great women with their children. The inspiring stories are supported by a lovely non-fiction piece in the back with photographs and timeline of their achievements.
4. My Dad Used to Be So Cool
This beautifully illustrated picture book by Keith Negley speaks to children who question what life was like before they arrived! It’s a beautifully written, tongue in cheek story of motorcycles, tattoos and playing in a rock band. A great bedtime book to share with Dad!
5. The Story of Life: Evolution
Big Picture Books are a publisher we love to stock in our growing non-fiction section. The topic of Evolution is brought to life by stunning illustrator Katie Scott. These books make beautiful gifts and are sure to be revisited year after year as your child’s interest and curiosity grow.
6. Turtles All the Way Down. John Green
John Green’s highly anticipated new novel does not disappoint. For fans of his other works (Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars), his latest work will resonate. Young readers are sure to connect with his latest protagonist, sixteen year old Aza and her lifelong, fearless friend Daisy.
7. Parenting the sh*t out of life. Mother Pukka
Anybody who follows Anna (Mother Pukka) on social media will know she delivers her take on parenting in a frank and hilarious manner. However funny, her posts are also full of empathy and a determination to improve the lives of parents. Her book is no exception to the aforementioned, a funny and at times emotional read. This is the ultimate companion for the modern parent.
The Little Bookshop stocks books for babies up to teenagers but you can order ANY book.
The Little Bookshop is open 7 days a week and holds a free story time every day at 11.30am as well as one-off events which can be found on the What’s On section of the website.
They also serve wholesome breakfast, lunch and snacks seven days a week.
Mumbler will be a hosting a ‘Mumbler Meet-Up’ at The Little Bookshop on Tuesday 20th February, pop along for a free storytime session and enjoy a coffee, lunch and catch up after. We look forward to seeing you.
For up to date details of events at The Little Bookshop follow on social media @thelittlebookshopleeds
The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD. Tel: 0113 212 3465
For more information on National Storytelling Week and how you can get involved visit https://www.sfs.org.uk/national-storytelling-week.
* National Storytelling logo credit www.sfs.org.uk