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Marvellous monthly resources!

Want to plan a special topical lesson and need to find some interesting resources?  Maybe you want to know what's happening with our fun events calendar, or maybe you just like our 'Whose Birthday is it' section for famous authors?

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Resources for whats on in April

April is a busy month with Easter ( see our easter accessibl images), Autism Awareness week (1-7 April) and of course the Bard's birthday (William Shakespeare) on 23 April. 
  • 1 April: World Autism awareness week shines a bright light on autism; increasing and sharing knowledge about the condition. RNIB Bookshare is available to learners with a Print Disability and this includes Autism.
  • 02 April:  It's Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, he is famous for his fairy tales, his most famous fairy tales include 'The Emperor's New Clothes', 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Snow Queen', 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'Thumbelina'. 
  • 11 April: Vaisakhi is an ancient Sikh harvest festival marking the beginning of a new year and new harvest season. Have a look at our Sikh resources.
  • 14 April: As it's Palm Sunday, we thought we'd check if you are ready for egg hunting? Here's our tactile image of a basket of decorated eggs to get you in the mood!
  • 19 April: It's Good Friday, so here is our accessible tactile image of the three crosses on Calvary Hill in readiness for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the two thieves.
  • 21 April: Charlotte Bronte celebrates her birthday today, famous author and sister, we thought Jane Eyre would be our choice of the day! 
  • 22 April: Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter. Hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of chocolate eggs! Find more fun accessible images
    23 April: Not only is it St Georges Day, it is also William Shakespeare’s birthday. We have so many of Shakespeare works available in an accessible format, it would be a shame not to dip in and give it a go! Here is our accessible image of the famous Bard! Happy Birthday Bill!

Resources from previous months

Resources for what's happening in March?

March is a really busy month! Fantastic World Book Day is one of our favourite days, are you dressing up? What book will you share? Why not check out our reading for fun page for some inspiration.

  • 1 March. As its St David’s Day why not find our accessible image of their national flower, The Daffodil.
  • 2 March. Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday (1904), author of 'Cat in the Hat'. We love this quote by this wonderful children’s author, "You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”
  • 5 March. It’s Pancake Day! Otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday. Before you start flipping, why not check out a recipe book from our .. We are more than just curriculum books!!
  • 7 March. Woo Hoo its World Book Day! Pick your most fun and favourite book to read!
  • 7 March. World Maths Day is one of the world's largest global educational events aimed at lifting numeracy standards in a fun and meaningful way. Why not celebrate with your own fun maths teaching - take a look at our lovely supporting resources!
  • 8 March. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. We love Rebel Girls, and some Great Girls and Wonderful Women check them out!
  • 9 March. British Science Week. Shine a light on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics relate to our everyday lives and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists.
  • 17 March. How will you celebrate St Patricks Day today?
  • 20 March. Yippee it’s the first day of Spring at last!
  • 21 March. World Poetry Day promotes the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and we have a huge collection of Poetry.
  • 31 March. Mothers Day
  • 31 March. The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was completed on 31 March 1889 and took two years, two months, and five days to build! Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. The tower stands at 324 m (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. It was the tallest structure in the world from its completion until 1930, when it was eclipsed by the Chrysler Building in New York City. The Eiffel Tower is built of pure iron. Find our accessible image the Eiffel Tower!

Resources for what's happening in February

It's February, are you in the mood for love? Valentines Day is 14th February for all things romantic!

We also celebrate this month as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) History Month.  This year's theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation. We have a wonderful selection of accessible titles, for all educational stages in our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender subject category.       

Authors birthdays in February include a man with 'Great expectations' this month, another who loves an adventure in 80 days and someone who should not be 'miserable' on his birthday.

  •   5 February: Celebrate Chinese New Year with our accessible large print and tactile images of  a traditional Chinese Dragon in a street procession        
  •  7 February: Charles Dickens's birthday (born 1812), a British institution as the author of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and so many more. We have so many of his titles in so many editions, all of them accessible. Who could ask for more? … ‘You want more?!!’
  • 8 February: is Jules Verne's birthday (1828), author of ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’. Why not have an adventure with Filius Fogg?
  • 12 February: It’s Charles Darwin's Birthday. He was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He authored the revolutionary 'The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection'. Ever read it? Here is an accessible format of the title.  
  • 14 February: As its Valentines Day, maybe you are in the mood for romance? Check out an accessible title from our romance section.
  •  21 February: Shrove Tuesday … Pancake Day! Before you start flipping, why not check out a recipe book from our Cooking, Food and Wine section.     
  •  26 February: Victor Hugo's birthday, born this day in 1802. Most famous as an author of Les Misérables, which was recently produced as a major BBC drama.      

Resources for what's happening in January

January is National Braille Literacy Month as it is also is the birth month of Louis Braille. Visit our Braille Central pages for braille resources, how to use our titles in braille formats, Braille Teaching Resources and much more…
  • 13 January: The author of 'Paddington', Michael Bond was born, on this day in 1926. Enjoy a Marmalade sandwich and have a read on RNIB Bookshare!      
  • 14 January: It's famous author Lewis Carroll's birthday. He wrote the wonderful 'Alice' books in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, why not enjoy a trip down the rabbit hole!  
  •  18 January: We know Christmas is over, but it is Raymond Briggs birthday, so we are 'Walking in the Air' with the Snowman
  • 21 January: Martin Luther King Day, celebrating the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr, the influential American civil rights leader. On RNIB Bookshare we have books and this wonderful accessible image of the great man   
  • 27 January: Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust in World War 2. We have lots of resources to help you discover more.
    We love 'The Diary of Anne Frank' who was a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl. Its of the most famous accounts, of living under the Nazi regime of World War II. 
  • 28 January:  On this day in 1813 - Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen was published, is it one of your favourites? Indulge on RNIB Bookshare!