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Get the whole family celebrating National Storytelling Week!

Feb 2017
National Storytelling week
National Storytelling Week runs from 1 to 8 February

National Storytelling Week (1 Feburary - 8 February) is in full swing; many of you may be planning your celebrations or may have already held your celebrations.

To help you celebrate the festivities, we have considered some great stories for the whole family to enjoy.

For Dad
Experiencing a revival in popularity thanks to the BBC's recent television adaptation, John le Carr's The Night Manager is a modern classic of the espionage genre.

The story follows Jonathan Pine, former British solider, now the night manager of a luxury hotel. When he discovers details of an international, underworld arms trade, Jonathan becomes preoccupied with bringing down the crime lords involved, prompting him to offer his services to the British Intelligence.

The Night Manager is a fascinating, fast-paced read, full of action, intrigue and exotic locations; all the ingredients to keep dad enthralled.

For Mum
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is an autobiographical memoir by Cheryl Strayed, which details her 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, in order, she says, "to save myself".

Wild is an entertaining read about survival, self-discovery, and the redemptive nature of travel. The reader follows Cheryl on her three-month trek, as she crosses nine mountain ranges spanning from Mexico to Canada, and faces everything from extreme heat and snowstorms, to rattlesnakes, injuries and much more.

Cheryl's memoir was turned into a film in 2014 and starred Reese Witherspoon in the lead role.

For Teens
Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy is a great series for teens to immerse themselves in. The series follows young heroine Tris, who lives in a dystopian world where citizens are separated into one of five factions based on their character traits.

With great and grave tensions between factions and amongst members of the same factions, there is lots of action to keep the reader engaged and eagerly speeding through the pages.

For Toddlers
Not Now, Bernard by David McKee is a classic picture-book all little ones are sure to enjoy; it also features on the Kumon Recommended Reading List. It tells the story of Bernard, a young boy whose parents are too busy to listen to his repeated warnings of a monster in the garden. Even when the monster eats Bernard, his parents still don't realise he is missing!

It's a funny story they can easily read along with by repeating the book's familiar catchphrase: "Not Now Bernard", and the illustrations really help bring the story to life.

Why not encourage your family to end National Storytelling Week on a high by opening the pages of a new book and discovering its unique story?