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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.


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!

Mix it Up!

02/10 - 02/11/14

Craft activities inspired by Herve Tullet's stunning picture books

Little Story Explorers


Explore our galleries together

Mixed - Up Fairy Tale Performance

04/10 - 05/10/14

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

Baby Boogie Woogie


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

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


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

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!

Grimm Tales with Adam Gidwitz


The Grimm tales were nearly lost before they were ever published.

Diverse Voices Launch Weekend

18/10 - 19/10/14

Seven Stories’ Diverse Voices Season culturally diverse children’s books and their readers a with a weekend of music, storytelling and art.

Storytelling Adventures with TUUP

18/10 - 19/10/14

Join storyteller TUUP (The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher) as he takes you on a storytelling adventure.

Zombies Vs Ghosts with Jeff Norton and Dave Shelton


Author Event with Jeff Norton and Dave Shelton.

In Conversation with David Almond


Join Juice Festival’s Artistic Advisor David Almond for a very special event for emerging writers.

Terror-ific Events this October Half Term

25/10 - 02/11/14

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

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.

Creepy Comics and Cartoons with Art Heroes


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

Room on the Broom Story Time Spooktacular

26/10 - 02/11/14

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

3 Day Build-a-Book Workshop


Do you have loads of stories in your head that are desperate to get out?

Bookworm Babies


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

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


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

Creating Coraline with Mark Shapiro


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.

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


Calling all Junior Detectives!

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


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+)


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


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

Angelina's Christmas


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

29/12 - 30/12/14

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

New Years Eve Party


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

Yasmeen Ismail - Artist in Residence


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


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

**Seven Stories will close early**


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

Ink and Drink with Sara Ogilvie


Join us for an evening of serious colouring in!


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.