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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 work - to make our exhibitions, events and learning programmes.

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



Baby Blop!


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

*Author Event* Frank Einstein with Jon Scieszka


Frank Einstein is ALIVE!

Angelina Ballerina Story Time

03/09 - 30/09/14

Perfect your pirouette and enjoy a story in our Angelina Ballerina exhibition

Story Time!

03/09 - 30/09/14

Everyone enjoys a good story!

Diana Wynne Jones Memorial Conference


A conference to celebrate Diana Wynne Jones who was one of the most outstanding 20th-century writers of British children’s fantasy.

50% off for Great North Runners

06/09 - 07/09/14

Are you or a family member running in the Great North Run or Junior Great North Run this year?

Howl's Moving Castle at Tyneside Cinema


A special Book Club screening of Studio Ghibli's adaptation of fantasty writer Diana Wynne Jone's classic tale.

Little Story Explorers


Join our Little Story Explorers for fun-filled session in our Enid Blyton exhibition

Roald Dahl Day

13/09 - 14/09/14

“In the hole lived Mr. Fox and Mrs. Fox and their four small Foxes…”

Mini Illustrators

13/09 - 14/09/14

Dip your toe in the world of illustration and explore highlights of our Collection

Back to School Party @ Warehouse 34, Hoults Yard


Join us for school dinner at the start of the new school year! 18+

Heritage Open Day - FREE ENTRY


As part of Heritage Open Days 2014 we are opening our doors for free all day! Explore our exhibitions, join in with storytelling, craft activities and more all day.

Baby Boogie Woogie


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

Bookworm Babies


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

Good Ideas with Michael Rosen *SOLD OUT*


Join Michael Rosen as he discusses how to be your child’s (and your own) best teacher as he launches his new book Good Ideas.

**Seven Stories will close early**


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

Herve Tullet Artist in Residence


We are thrilled to welcome renowned illustrator Hervé Tullet as our first Artist in Residence this season.

Mix it Up!

27/09 - 02/11/14

Craft activities inspired by Herve Tullet's stunning picture books

*Author Event* Angelina Ballerina’s Big City Ballet with Katharine Holabird


Enjoy a brand-new Angelina story with author Katharine Holabird.

*Spotlight on the Collection* Ballet Stories with Katharine Holabird and Pam Knights


Be inspired by Seven Stories’ collection as it is brought to life by author Katharine Holabird and Dr Pam Knights, Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature at Durham University.

Baby Boogie Woogie


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

Star Wars Weekend

11/10 - 12/10/14

Grab your lightsaber and travel to a galaxy far, far away to discover Star Wars at Seven Stories this weekend.

The Science of Star Wars with Mark Brake & Jon Chase


In a galaxy far, far away two scientists will probe the fantastic frontier between movie magic and cutting-edge science.

Star Wars Workshop with Jake Steel


Not so long ago, in a studio not too far away…

This Event is Gay with James Dawson


Following on from his brilliant non fiction guide to puberty, Being a Boy, James Dawson is back with his guide for the LGBT youth, This Book is Gay!

The Worst Princess Theatre Show


In a lonely tower, Princess Sue waits to be rescued; she just wishes her loyal prince would move his royal bum.

Room on the Broom Story Time Spooktacular

26/10 - 02/11/14

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


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.