"What an amazing place, totally inspiring for all the children and staff!" Teacher, Carlton and Faceby CoE Primary School, North Yorkshire

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books saves, celebrates and shares children’s books. We have a nationally significant archive from the 1930’s to the present day and we collect all that goes into the making of a book from first scribbles to dummy books. Items from our archive can be seen at our exhibitions, workshops and author events available to children and young people at Seven Stories or in school.

Our exciting learning programme encourages children, students, practitioners and teachers to enjoy the very best children’s books, celebrate the creative process that goes into making them and develop unique and innovative their own responses to them. Reading for pleasure is crucial to the future success of all children, and we firmly believe in the power of books help confident and reluctant readers to achieve their potential. Why not see what Seven Stories can offer to your school or setting?

To find out more, complete our enquiry form or contact learning@sevenstories.org.uk 

Author & Illustrator Events

See the great line up of authors and illustrators we have lined up for schools in the North East this term...


Sharing books is a key experience, developing pre-reading skills & helping with language acquisition.


Raise the status of books and reading in your school with us.


Creating a culture where reading has a high profile helps to narrow the attainment gap for all children.


Keep your young readers loving books and increasing their literacy skills.

Reader in Residence

Our Reader in Residence Programme places a member of the Seven Stories team into your school every week.


Reading for pleasure, achievement for life.

World Book Day 2016

Celebrate World Book Day with a Seven Stories Travelling Book Show.