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Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. We save, celebrate and share the wonderful world of children’s books. We explore how stories are made – from first scribbles to finished books – to create our innovative exhibitions and lively events.

Seven Stories is a registered charity and relies upon grants and voluntary donations.

Events

Creepy Comic Book Workshop

26/10/14

Join local comic book publishers, Art Heroes, for tips on developing your own spooky stories.

Baby Blop!

06/11/14

Experiment and explore with paints and colours in an event designed to encourage creative play.

Terror-ific Events this October Half Term

26/10 - 02/11/14

Don’t be a scaredy cat - visit Seven Stories this October Half Term for some spell-binding storytimes and activities.

Mix it Up!

26/10 - 02/11/14

Craft activities inspired by Herve Tullet's stunning picture books

Room on the Broom Story Time Spooktacular

26/10 - 02/11/14

Meet our resident witch and enjoy a Halloween themed story time spooktacular.

Mixed - Up Fairy Tale Performance

01/11 - 02/11/14

Wander into the wood with the White Rabbit and meet some traditional characters doing some very un-traditional things!

Baby Boogie Woogie

04/11/14

Go on a musical story adventure and get down with a good old baby boogie woogie!

Bookworm Babies

04/11/14

Join us at Bookworm Babies for imaginative, exploratory play with books for babies up to 18months.

Little Story Explorers

07/11/14

Explore our galleries together

Seven Stories Winter Wonderland

08/11 - 03/01/15

Step into the pages of Ellen Giggenbach’s beautiful new paper craft Christmas book.

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas with Abie Longstaff

08/11/14

Meet author Abie Longstaff for a fabulously festive event perfect for fans of Frozen.

Creating Coraline with Mark Shapiro

18/11/14

Join Mark as he talks about adapting Neil Gaiman’s Coraline for the big screen, the art of creating Coraline’s world and shares behind the scenes visuals and vignettes from the film.

Brian Alderson Lecture Series: Looking at Children’s Books: Part 5

19/11/14

Brian Alderson offers a fascinating and expert exploration of the history of picture books.

The Gruffalo is BACK!

22/11 - 01/04/15

To celebrate the end of his tour, The Gruffalo has hot footed it back to Seven Stories!

Me and My Cat Theatre Show

23/11/14

Calling all Junior Detectives!

Me and My Cat? Manga Workshop (Ages 6+)

23/11/14

Join A Thousand Cranes for a manga inspired workshop to accompany their new show Me and My Cat?

Me and My Cat? Manga Workshop (Ages 10+)

23/11/14

Join A Thousand Cranes for a manga inspired workshop to accompany their new show Me and My Cat?

Father Christmas

06/12 - 07/12/14

Visit Santa’s Grotto and meet Father Christmas.

Late Night Christmas Shopping Evening

11/12/14

Browse our well stocked shelves and discover beautiful books and exclusive gifts perfect for all the family.

Relaxed Santa Session

14/12/14

This relaxed session is perfect for families with children who have learning disabilities, specific sensory and communication needs or those who are on the autistic spectrum but everyone is welcome.

Angelina's Christmas

16/12/14

Listen to a magical Christmas story in our Angelina Ballerina gallery, make your own mouse ears and play Christmas games inspired by Angelina’s festive adventures.

Sing - a - Long Frozen Spectacular

28/12 - 30/12/14

For the first time in forever enjoy a special sing-a-long screening of Frozen.

Relaxed Frozen Session

28/12/14

This relaxed session is perfect for families with children who have learning disabilities, specific sensory and communication needs or those who are on the autistic spectrum but everyone is welcome.

New Years Eve Party

31/12/14

Wear your best party frocks and ring in the New Year in style

Yasmeen Ismail - Artist in Residence

10/01/15

Rising star Yasmeen Ismail joins us as our Illustrator in Residence this January.

Inside, Outside, Upside Down

10/01 - 15/03/15

Add your mark to Yasmeen Ismail's beautiful installation.

Illustration Master Class with Yasmeen Ismail

11/01/15

This is an exclusive opportunity for aspiring illustrators to find out more about how Yasmeen works.

**Seven Stories will close early**

21/01/15

Seven Stories will close early at 1pm today for full staff training

Ink and Drink with Sara Ogilvie

05/02/15

Join us for an evening of serious colouring in!

Exhibitions

Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen

From 05/04/2014

This exciting new exhibition showcases innovative and influential film and television adaptations inspired by children's books

Twists and Tails - the Story of Angelina Ballerina

From 19/07/2014

Perfect your pirouette and prance down to Seven Stories to discover the world of Angelina Ballerina.