As the nights start drawing in that can only mean one thing – it’s National Non Fiction November! This event shines a light on the brilliance of non-fiction and all those readers that have a passion for information and facts. Founded by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, events will be taking place in schools and libraries across the country throughout the month. You can celebrate in style with some fabulous new resources, highlighting some equally fabulous non-fiction such as Blue Planet II, a book which focuses on the wonder of our oceans and features a foreword from Sir David Attenborough. Delve into the world of Charles Darwin with our resource pack centred on the Origin of the Species by Sabina Radeva. All of these books showcase the wonder of the natural world and are the perfect accompaniment to non-fiction celebrations, in school or at home.
It’s Bonfire Night on 5th November, and whilst the usual events might not take place, you can still use it as an opportunity to spark imaginations. Part of the ever popular Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens, Jolly Foul Play, features mystery and intrigue after a Bonfire Night celebration. Encourage budding storytellers to bring to life their own murder mystery with this brilliant writing prompt and hear Robin Stevens herself share how it’s done here.
November also is a time for Remembrance with the annual commemoration of wartime service and sacrifice taking place on 11th November. The Royal British Legion has some fantastic teaching resources to help children understand this important event available here. At Puffin, we are honoured to have published a book in celebration of Captain Sir Tom Moore, The Story of One Hundred Steps as well as some fantastic supporting activities which can be used to celebrate the heroes in our every day lives.
Throughout November, Puffin will be encouraging young readers to dream big during what is sure to be a strange school term for all. Schools from every corner of the country will be able to book a virtual author visit from Puffin authors Robin Stevens, Jamie Littler and Humza Arshad. Taking place over Zoom, the 30-minute sessions will feature a live presentation including a reading and exclusive look behind their books, characters and writing processes. Sign up to participate and you'll receive resources ahead of the event, as well as the chance to submit questions for pupils to have answered – live!
Not only this, on 13th November Puffin will be celebrating 80 years of dreaming big in a star-studded Puffin Story Makers Show. Featuring some much-loved Puffin authors, from Adam Kay and Tom Fletcher to Jeff Kinney and Cat Doyle, this epic celebration will inspire children to discover a love of reading and dream big. It will also star the next generation of Puffin authors, as children from primary schools taking part in Puffin World of Stories talk about their work published in The Puffin Book of Big Dreams. Viewers will also get an exciting first look at the Into Film and Puffin Big Dreams on Screen competition winner, as 12 year old Faith reveals the storyboard for her dream about ‘The World’s Strongest Girl’, which she submitted during lockdown school closures.
Finally, we're celebrating music royalty with a brilliant Hey Grandude competition inspired by the fabulous picture book by Sir Paul McCartney. WIN a personalised video message from Sir Paul McCartney himself! Encouraging children to stay in touch with their loved ones, they can enter by simply sending a digital postcard to their grandparent and share on a grown-up in their lives social media account using #GrandudePostcard, for a chance to win this exclusive prize. Find out more here.
If your school is doing something inspiring to celebrate stories this month that you'd like to tell the world about, please contact PuffinSchools@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk with 'Inspiring Ideas' in the subject line.