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Call for Diversity Titles

Seven Stories is inviting UK Publishers to submit titles to be considered for a list of the best culturally diverse children’s books.

Seven Stories Celebrates 25 Years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Seven Stories is delighted to celebrate 25 years of Michael Rosen’s children’s classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by hosting a brand new musical adaptation from composer Duncan Ward

NEW EXHIBITION NOW OPEN: Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books is launching an exciting new exhibition, Moving Stories – Children’s Books from Page to Screen. Co-curated with the National Media Museum in Bradford.

National Success for Seven Stories Touring Exhibitions

Seven Stories’ exhibitions are unique. They are recognised across the UK for their cultural integrity and the opportunity the present for families to playfully engage with the best of British children’s books.

World Book Day Success for Seven Stories

During World Book Day 2014 celebrations, Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s Books engaged over 8500 children across the UK with a love of reading, adventure and stories in their most popular World Book Day season to date.

Last Chance to have tea with the Tiger and take a ride in Noddy's car

This weekend is the last chance for visitors to explore two exhibitions by the most loved authors of children’s literature Judith Kerr and Enid Blyton.

Ann Key

Seven Stories is saddened to hear of the passing of Ann Key

Top Ten Tips for Sharing Picture Books

Discover our Top Ten Tips for sharing stories at home

The Biggest Book Show on Earth comes to Newcastle

Making its debut in the region on Friday 7 March, this live event for schools brings with it seven incredible illustrators and amazing authors.

Something Special at Seven Stories

We were thrilled to have Justin Fletcher film Something Special here at Seven Stories!

Spring into a new term with Seven Stories

A New Year heralds inspiring workshops, excellent exhibitions, imaginative performances and author events from Seven Stories’ award-winning learning programme.

We Love Picture Books

Seven Stories launches a series of events and exhibitions celebrating why picture books are important to everyone.

Storylab reinvented for the first time as exciting exhibition space is launched at Seven Stories

Seven Stories’ multipurpose space, Storylab, is being reinvented for the first time in eight years into a dedicated gallery space to inspire older children and young adults alike.

Sunderland University and Seven Stories work together to share the power of children's books.

Books stay with you – they excite you, make you cry, make you laugh and they inspire you. Students from Sunderland University BA Hons in Childhood Studies course visited Seven Stories to discover the power of books.

Seven Stories Joins Forces with Borderline Books

Borderline Books is collecting books for children who haven't got books of their own.


NewcastleGateshead’s leading cultural venues have been awarded the highest accolade in the country for equality and diversity; The Equality Standard Gold Award.

Local Students to Meet Award-Winning Illustrator

Illustration students from Sunderland University will join award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold as he talks about his inspiration, creative process and stunning illustrations this Thursday.

Next Chapter for Seven Stories' Success Story

Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, will collect their National Lottery Award at a glittering awards ceremony broadcast on BBC One this week.

National Black Writers & Publishers Conference

Those who love literature won’t want to miss out on the 7th National Black Writers and Publishers conference, taking place on Saturday 19th October 2013 at Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester.

Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit - A Judith Kerr Retrospective Opening at Seven Stories

Seven Stories presents an exhibition that explores the life and celebrates the work of one of Britain's best-loved illustrators

Seven Stories Launches Innovative Digital Exhibition

Seven Stories is excited to announce the launch of their new Digital Exhibition.


Mollie King, from The Saturdays, today broke the fantastic news to children and staff at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, that they have been named the UK’s favourite education project.

Malala Day: A Message from Sarah Brown

Today, Malala Yousafzai will spend her 16th birthday fighting for others.We’ve raised our voices to support her fight, but let’s not let her own incredible strength and bravery go uncelebrated.

Cramlington Students take on Bookshop Challenge

Year 7 & 8 pupils at Cramlington Learning Village have joined forces with Seven Stories in a project to promote reading and literacy and raise money for charity.

Announcement of the winner of The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award 2013

Tariq Mehmood has won the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award 2013 for 'You’re Not Proper'.

Childrens' Art Work Goes on Exhibition at Seven Stories

Children from Newcastle launch an exhibition of new art work at Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s books.

Young illustrators win opportunity for inclusion in Over the Hills and Far Away Nursery Rhyme collection

Talented young illustrators, Pippa Curnick, Sian Jenkins and Holly Sterling have won Seven Stories’ Over the Hills and Far Away illustration competition, each for illustrating one of three sets of rhymes.

A World at School

The problems children around the world face simply trying to get an education were highlighted in The Fickling Lecture with Sarah Brown.

Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts - the Many Adventures of Enid Blyton

Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts, the first ever major exhibition celebrating the life and work of Enid Blyton will be unveiled at Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, from 4th May 2013.

Grimm Books Go on Display.

Seven Stories is currently showcasing a collection of Grimm books belonging to Brian Alderson in the StoryLab.

What do the proposed public sector cuts mean for us?

Find out what the proposed Newcastle City Council Cuts means to Seven Stories

National Accreditation for Seven Stories

Seven Stories is to be officially known as the National Centre for Children's Books.

Seven Stories' response to the cuts

Kate Edwards, Chief Executive at Seven Stories responds to the proposed cuts from Newcastle City Council

Sharing Stories, Making Memories with St Oswald's Hospice

Seven Stories and St Oswald’s Hospice are working together for Sharing Stories, Making Memories.

Celebrating Leila Berg 1917 - 2012

On Wednesday 19 September, Seven Stories celebrated the life and work of awatrd-winning author Leila Berg

Event News from Seven Stories

Internationally acclaimed illustrator Petr Horácek visits Seven Stories

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books is delighted to be welcoming internationally acclaimed picture book author and illustrator Petr Horacek to the North East for two events which will enchant young fans and inspire aspiring illustrato

Celebrate Stories from Page to Screen this Easter!

Come join Seven Stories in celebrating this Easter with a plethora of events to champion the art of storytelling from page, stage and screen.

Author Event with Erin Lange

American journalist turned YA author Erin Lange, will be discussing her critically acclaimed books Butter and Dead Ends in an event which aims to inspire a young generation of writers at Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.

Meet the Creators of The Snorgh and The Sailor

Visitors are invited to go on an adventure packed with friendship, solitude and soup with author Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty.

Film Screenings Galore at Seven Stories this Spring

Daily film screenings and popular events for the under5s at Seven Stories between 17 March and 3 April.

Celebrate Picturebooks with Seven Stories this February Half Term

The National Centre for Children’s Books celebrates February Half Term with a plethora of events to champion the art of the picture book.

You are invited to Christmas at Seven Stories!

Festive magic will be sprinkled liberally over Seven Stories in the run up to Christmas. The whole building will be bursting with Christmas cheer as the centre is transformed into a wonderland of twinkling lights and yuletide decorations to celebrate

Step into a Dream World this October Half Term

Mog the Forgetful Cat loves to dream. Visitors of all ages are invited to join in events and activities inspired by her hilarious twilight adventures, part of Juice Festival 2013.

An Evening of Ghost Stories with William Hussey

William saw the ghost on only two occasions, but he often heard her footsteps passing his window. He hears them still... in his dreams…

Seven Stories celebrates with 30 years of The Witches by Roald Dahl

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books will be celebrating the wonderfully wacky world of Roald Dahl in a weekend dedicated to his best-selling novel, The Witches.

What a busy Summer!

The summer is drawing to an end and Seven Stories is getting its pencil case sorted for the new term. We had visits from so many wonderful authors, illustrators, comic book heroes and mysterious figures.

Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart in sell out You Choose event

Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books is celebrating 10 years of You Choose this August in a sell-out event with best-selling illustrator Nick Sharratt and author Pippa Goodhart.

Amazing Authors at Seven Stories this August!

August is filled with fantastic events at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, including an event with best-selling illustrator Nick Sharratt and author Pippa Goodhart who will celebrate 10 years of You Choose in a sell-out event.

You are invited to Summer at Seven Stories!

Seven Stories is ready for an adventure this season with a busy programme of sizzling summer events.

Lashings of fun this May Half Term

Visitors can discover the great outdoors and have an adventure of their own this May Half Term as Seven Stories celebrates the launch of their brand new exhibition; Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts, the Many Adventures of Enid Blyton.

Seven Stories Waves Goodbye to The Gruffalo this Easter.

This Easter Holiday Seven Stories is waving goodbye to The Gruffalo and friends as their popular exhibition, A Squash and a Squeeze, Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson comes to an end.

Illustrator of ‘The Gruffalo’ Shares Top Tips for Perfect Picture Book Creation

Axel Scheffler, award-winning illustrator of The Gruffalo, Zog and Superworm will be at Seven Stories at 6.30pm on Wednesday 6 March for an interactive session to discuss the art of creating picture books.

Into the Wild this February Half Term

Are you feeling brave? Take a walk on the wild side with some beastly events this February Half Term.

Brand New Spring Events Programme

This season is packed full of events for the whole family.

World War 1 Centenary Event at intu Metrocentre

2014 marks the Centenary of the beginning of World War 1. To commemorate this, intu Metrocentre are holding a 4 day event