Share a Story Calendar
‘Stories tell us who we are. They teach us empathy so we understand who others are. They give us the power to imagine and create the future.’ – Jackie French
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Oh look! Here is me gushing about Jackie French again. But come on, my gushing is justified, did you see that she just won Senior Australian of the Year. Her acceptance speech was beautiful and powerful – you can see it here.
In her role as the Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French has just launched her ‘Share a Story’ calendar and all the important details and a fabulous poster to download and print are on the Australian Laureate page here. One of my favourite illustrators, Ann James, has created the images for the calendar, and Judy Watson has designed it with flair – it’s going to look gorgeous in homes, schools, libraries and community halls.
I have of course already hung up several of these posters at the entrance to the Junior School Library, and will be including it in our school newsletter this week. Initiatives which promote sharing stories – amongst families, communities and peers, are an absolute winner in my books. Stories bind us together and connection and community are so important for young and old alike.
Each month in the Share a Story calendar has a theme and Jackie is encouraging us all to connect with the monthly themes in whatever fashion appeals to you – no complicated forms to fill out here! For this month of February the theme is ‘Hunt a Story’ and my children and I are going to be leaving books at our local train station and donating books to a local refugee community centre for International Book Giving Day. The books we leave can be hunted down by others! At school we will be hunting down books we adore, in celebrating Library Lovers’ Day. There are more ideas in the February newsletter here.
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March’s theme ‘Navigate a Story’ invites children to seek out adventure stories and will follow Jackie’s trip to the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy where she will participate in the second International Children’s Laureate Summit.
Share your ‘Share a Story’ adventures with others on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #shareastorycalendar
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