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Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children's Books. We select original artwork and manuscripts - from first scribbles to finished books - to create our innovative exhibitions and popular events.

Seven Stories celebrates children's books. How books are made, where they come from and how we can enjoy and share them. It's a great day out for the whole family!

Seven Stories will be closed for refurbishment from Monday 20 April - Monday 20 July 2015. Click here to find out more.

Everyday is Story Time 

We love sharing and telling stories - and there are thousands to choose from! Every day our  storytellers captivate young and old with tales from our favourite books (10.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm). We bring books to life through playful activities and exhibitions, displaying real artwork and manuscripts from famous children's authors and illustrators.

Join in with creative craft activities and make your own special creations to take home seven days a week.

Exciting Events 

While our visitor centre is closed we will still be bringing the magic of children's books to life across the North East. Click here to download our On the Road Programme.

Annual Pass 

An Annual Pass is great value, you can visit Seven Stories as many times as you like! Pass holders are the first to hear about special events and offers. Click here to find out more.

We need your help to bring the joy of reading to as many children as possible. Seven Stories is a charity - all the money we raise is used to save, celebrate and share the wonderful world of children's books.

 

Events

Off the Page with Jodi Picoult and Samatha Van Leer

03/06/15

Meet internationally best-selling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer at their only North East event.

Seven Stories Closed for Refurbishment

20/04 - 20/07/15

Seven Stories is currently closed for major refurbishment.

Joking Jesters

09/05 - 10/05/15

at Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham

StoryParty On the Road: Into the Woods

15/05/15

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

15/05 - 16/05/15

part of The Late Shows 2015

StoryParty On the Road: Ponds StoryParty

22/05/15

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene.

StoryParty On the Road: Bears StoryParty

29/05/15

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene.

Jungle! Armchair Journey

30/05 - 31/05/15

At Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

StoryParty On the Road: Creepy Crawlies StoryParty

05/06/15

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene.

The Snorgh and the Sailor

06/06/15

Part of The Iron Age Festival, Cullercoats

Jesterval

07/06/15

At Baltic Square, Newcastle

StoryParty On the Road: Farmyard StoryParty

12/06/15

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene.

Wild Rumpus!

13/06/15

At Gibside Hall and Landscape Gardens

StoryParty On the Road: Julia Donaldson Stories

19/06/15

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene.

Into the Woods Armchair Journey

28/06/15

with The Children's Foundation at Kirley Hall

Paws and Claws

03/07 - 04/07/15

Join in an interactive storytelling session and create your own tiger masks to take home as we celebrate one of our favourite picture books, The Tiger Who Came to Tea which will be brought to life at Theatre Royal.

Exhibitions

*Last Chance to See* 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

*Last Chance to See* 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.

*Coming Soon* Painting with Rainbows - A Michael Foreman Exhibition

From 20/07/2015

Through the exhibition we will use Michael books to ask readers to consider the consequences of conflict, the fragility of our environment and the importance of friendship, empathy and tolerance through his storytelling and illustrations

*Coming Soon* Rhyme Around the World

From 20/07/2015

This lively & colourful exhibition invites families to step straight into their favourite nursery rhymes and discover new ones from around the world.

*Coming Soon* A Bear Called Paddington (A StoryLab Exhibition)

From 20/07/2015

Grab your duffle coat and your marmalade sandwiches and discover how Michael Bond brought Paddington Bear to life.