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National Share-a-Story Month

Every year, National Share-a-Story Month celebrates the importance of stories and the power of storytelling. The theme for 2020 is The Planet We Share and the cats at Banjo HQ have put together a list of some of their favourite books about the things which make our earth incredible and what we can do to look after it. Happy reading! 

Picture Books

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts. This rhyming book celebrates empowerment, community action and the importance of green spaces. 

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty, book cover.

Charlie and Lola: Look after your Planet by Lauren Child. Learn about recycling with two of the loveliest characters around. Watch the animated version here!

Charlie and Lola: Look after your planet by Lola Child, book cover.

The Variety of Life by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Lorna Scobie. This stunning book is bursting with facts about the animal kingdom.

The Variety of Life by Nicola Davis and illustrated by Lorna Scobie, book cover.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. A wise and wonderful guide to life on earth with glorious illustrations. Here’s Oliver talking about creating the book!

Here We Are: Notes for living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers, book cover.

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet by Kate Pankhurst. A beautiful retelling of the stories of amazing women from Jane Goodall to Anita Roddick and how they contributed to the conversation about the natural world. 

Fantastically Great Women who Saved the Planet by Kate Pankhurst, book cover.

The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon. A magical story about a polar bear’s adventures when the ice caps start melting. 

The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon, book cover.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. This almost 50-year old book about protecting our environment is still as relevant as ever. 

The Lorax by Dr Seuss, book cover.

Kenya’s Art by Linda Trice, illustrated by Hazell Mitchell. A joyful celebration of recycling and art! 

Kenya's Art by Linda Trice and illustrated by Hazell Mitchell, book cover.

Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker and Zoe Persico. A gorgeously illustrated retelling of Greta Thunberg’s story, sure to inspire children of all ages.

Greta and the Giants by Zoe tucker and Zoe Persico, book cover.

And for bigger kids…

A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kelly Louise Judd. Each of these monthly poems reflects the beauty of the environment, but are also unafraid to pose difficult questions. Here’s Joseph his reading Poem for May.

A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Kelly Louise Judd, book cover.

If you can, why not celebrate National Share-a-Story Month with a new book for your little one? PLUS enter in to our Facebook competition to be in with a chance of winning one of these gorgeous books! Simply comment below our Facebook post with the story you think your child would most love to read. We will select one lucky winner at random on the 03.06.20. This give away in is no way endorsed by Facebook.


Did you know that lots of independent bookshops are still fully stocked and sending out deliveries? Many of them are also happy to give advice on the phone if you’re not sure what book your child might like, and you can’t browse in person as you might normally. Check out one of Banjo’s best places- award-winning independent bookshop The Book Nook for inspiration!

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