Diary Dates: February 2022

19 January 2022

There may still be a chill in the air, but the days are definitely getting longer, and there’s plenty of excitement to warm up the imaginations this month!

Chinese New Year

The first of the month sees the celebration of Chinese New Year and 2022 is the year of the tiger according to the Chinese zodiac. Introduce different customs and raise cultural awareness by sharing this occasion in your school.

LGBT+ History Month 

February is LGBT+ History Month, which aims to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of everyone and this year sees the 50th anniversary of the very first gay pride march in 1972. Start the conversation in your classroom with our book list featuring a wonderful array of titles for all ages.

National Storytelling Week

Already underway, this year’s theme for National Storytelling Week is 'Your Story - My Story’, running from 29th January to 5th February. Find out more on the Society for Storytelling's website and start the story with your class using our collection of writing prompts to help children tell their stories. For even more inspiration, join Jamie Littler as he helps children 'Build an Adventure' in this how-to video.

Children’s Mental Health Week

Place 2 Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 7th -13th February. This year they will be encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow, under the theme of ‘Growing Together’. Find out more on their website.  We’ve put together some tips on how to support wellbeing through reading and creativity to help you in the classroom here with links to a whole host of useful activities and resources.

St Valentine’s Day and Book Giving Day

TWO exciting events take place on the 14th February with both St Valentine’s Day and #BookGivingDay celebrated around the world. Join in the fun and share the love of books and reading, starting with inspirational Auggie Pullman who features at the heart of R J Palacio’s Wonder? Find out more and inspire children to share the love and #choosekind with our resource packs.

Puffin Virtual Visits - Spring 2022 Programme

Save the date! Coming soon are our Spring Virtual Visits! On Friday mornings throughout the term, Puffin authors will once again be streaming directly into classrooms via Zoom, giving behind-the-scenes insights into their creative processes, and setting your class exciting activities. Head to our Virtual Visits page for more information on dates and how you can sign up for these free events.

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