This week, 12th-18th November, is National Short Story Week and we’re proud to announce that A Little, Aloud for Children has been included on the Recommended Reading List for children and young people.
Not only this, but one of our favourite short stories from the anthology, ‘Guess‘, by Philippa Pearce, has been published on the Guardian Children’s Book Website for this week only. ‘Guess’ is a mysterious tale about a strange girl who suddenly appears in Netty Barr’s school when an ancient tree is destroyed in a storm. Who is she? What does she want? Click here to read the story and find out. A new short story will be published on the website each day this week for you to enjoy.
National Short Story Week aims to get more people reading and listening to short stories, something we do lots of here at The Reader Organisation. We work to encourage reading for pleasure through our books and weekly read-aloud groups. Reading aloud is a great way to share the joys of reading with others and short stories are the perfect length to share before bed, on a long car journey, or on a rainy afternoon.
A Little, Aloud for Children includes lots of great short stories, including Michael Morpurgo’s ‘The Silver Swan’, ‘Broken Toys’ by Shaun Tan, and ‘The Girl of Silver Lake’ by Berlie Doherty. Which is your favourite short story? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter (@thereaderorg).