"The event was really well organised and such a joy to take part in, as we are a school who likes to get out or have visitors in, and under the current situation we feel very frustrated that this can't be done. Well done to Seven Stories and to [the authors] who brought some of the 'outside, in'. It makes the purpose for writing much more meaningful. Thank you everyone."

Bailey Green Primary (Newcastle)

 

Digital Authors into Schools

Seven Stories Authors into Schools events bring inspirational authors and illustrators to your school. Over 12,000 children in 62 schools across the U.K. took part in one of our Authors into Schools events between September and December 2020. With our digital programme it's easier than ever to have an author or illustrator come in to your classroom to enthuse children, encourage reading for pleasure, and enhance your curriculum.

In our recent* Authors into Schools evaluation survey;

  • 98% of teachers and librarians said children are more likely to pick up a book to read for pleasure as a result of a Seven Stories Author into Schools event
  • 96% of teachers and librarians said the event supported their school's approach to the curriculum
  • 100% of teachers and librarians would recommend a Seven Stories Authors into Schools event to a fellow teacher

*Survey results compiled December 2020

"Thanks for all your hard work in setting up this event - and the superb interviewing skills in keeping things flowing. School are already asking about the next event and excited about the potential of virtual visits!"

Cramlington Learning Village (Northumberland)

 

Seven Stories Authors into Schools programme is delivered in partnership with First Class Supply, the North East's leading independent Supply Teaching Agency. Seven Stories and First Class Supply have been working in partnership for 6 years, with a shared belief in the importance of providing inspirational moments for children, and encouraging a love of reading to improve literacy.
 

How Do Digital Events Work?

Events are live streamed through a private YouTube link. This means you can have multiple classes join in different rooms at the same time, allowing children to have a shared experience, despite distancing and bubble restrictions. Events last approximately 45 minutes and include a presentation and talk form the author or illustrator, and a Q&A section at the end. We ensure every school joining the event has a question asked and answered. 

You will be able to enjoy the event for up to 24 hours after it has aired, just in case the live stream time doesn't fit neatly in to your school day. We provide resources around the books that can be used before and after the events.

Here is some of the feedback from schools that have taken part in our digital events:

"A brilliant event. Great that we can continue with these special events in the current climate. Thank you."

Newcastle Prep School (Newcastle)

 

Home Learning

Our digital author events are planned in a way that allows your pupils to join both from school and from home either live or on catch-up. We want these events to be fully accessible to your school during these unpredictable times and will support you in integrating them into your school day, whether or not your pupils are able to attend school in person.

"The children were able to join in whether they were at school or learning from home, and it really allowed us to bring the elements of school and home learning together. A really, really positive experience for everyone involved.”

 Fulwell Junior School (Sunderland)

 

How Much Does an Event Cost?

We ask all participating schools to buy a set of the author's books to the value of £70 in order to take part in each event. These books are yours to keep and use as you wish. Schools often use their Pupil Premium to purchase these books and distribute them to children as gifts, or place them into their library for all to enjoy.

 

April & May 2021 Programme

Below you will find all of events for April & May 2021. For more information, and to express interest in any of the below events, please email learning@sevenstories.org.uk with:

Which events you are interested in, listing up to three events in order of preference?

How many children and from which year groups will be taking part in this event?

Are you happy to circulate a letter (provided by Seven Stories) informing parents and carers of the possibility to purchase a book, and can your school coordinate book orders?

 

Celebrate Earth Day with Hannah Gold in conversation with author, vet and conservationist Jess French 

Thursday 22nd April 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Join author Hannah Gold in conversation with World Book Day author, vet and conservationist Jess French and prepare to be enthralled by the 2021 debut sweeping the nation. The Last Bear is a celebration of the love between a child and an animal, a battle cry for our world, and an unforgettable adventure. Hannah Gold will be hosted by Jess French, who most recently released children’s nonfiction title Earth's Incredible Oceans. Hannah and Jess will introduce you to beloved characters April and Bear, offer creative writing tips to spark children’s imagination, showcase the stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold, share fun polar bear facts and also reveal top eco-tips to prove how no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference in the fight to heal our planet from the climate crisis.
 

Luna Loves Art with Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers

Monday 26th April 2021, 1.30pm
*FULLY BOOKED*

Recommended age: R, Y1, Y2 & Y3

Come on a virtual school trip to the art gallery with Luna and Finn, and discover that there are so many ways that a family can look like... Join author Joseph Coelho and illustrator Fiona Lumbers as they bring their brand-new book Luna Loves Art to life with an interactive reading from Joseph, live drawing from Fiona and surprises along the way.
 
PLUS: follow along with the illustrator to create your own piece of art!
 

 

Charlie Higson’s Worst. Holiday. Ever

Thursday 29th April 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7

Charlie will introduce pupils to his hilarious new novel Worst. Holiday. Ever, following the antics of main character Stan as he embarks on his first holiday without his parents, a trip to Italy with his fifth-best friend Felix. Charlie will reveal some laugh-out-loud tales from his own holidays, both as a youngster and father himself, before opening up about his own shyness growing up and how he has learnt to overcome this. The event will offer lots of laughs as well as some reassurance to any children feeling uncertain of themselves and the world at the moment.
 

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre present ... Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit

Wednesday 5th May 2021, 1.30pm
*FULLY BOOKED*

Recommended age: Y3, Y4 & Y5


Join Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre as they introduce you to the world of Roly-Poly Flying Pony Kevin, and his best friend Max. You'll have chance to share your drawings, have your questions answered and join them to build an interactive story game inspired by their books. 

 

 

Writing Fabulous Fantasy with Liz Flanagan

Friday 7th May 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7

Join award-winning fantasy author Liz Flanagan to dream up dragons and set your imagination free. Liz will lead you step by step through creating a magic adventure, inviting you to imagine a map, a mythical creature and a character of your own. She will demystify the process of making a book – sharing her page proofs and the notebook of doodles where it all began! 

 

 

Noah's Gold with Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Tuesday 11th May 2021, 1.30pm
*FULLY BOOKED*

Recommended age: Y4, Y5, Y6 & Y7

What would you do if you were marooned on a deserted island with five of your classmates, no teacher and no internet? Award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce has some ideas as he introduces you to his exciting new novel, Noah's Gold, packed with mystery, adventure and laughs. 

 

 

The curious case of a Hip Hop poet

Thursday 13th May 2021, 11am & 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6, Y7 & Y8

Hip Hop Artist Karl Nova has been inspiring children to create their own poems and express themselves through verse for years. His debut book, Rhythm and Poetry, won the prestigious CLiPPA Award in 2018 and last year he was awarded the Ruth Rendell Award for outstanding services to children's literature. He was the first poet to ever receive this award. He will be talking to audiences about his new book 'The curious case of Karl Nova' and will be performing poetry as well as helping participants create their own poems. Karl will show students poetry is not boring and everyone can do it, as he takes them on a journey showing them how to take the raw material of their experiences to build verses.

 

My Dad is a Grizzly Bear with Swapna Haddow and Dapo Adeola

Tuesday 18th May 2021, 1.30pm
*FULLY BOOKED*

Recommended age: R, Y1 & Y2

"He might have the fuzziest fur that scratches and scritches and a very loud roar, but I know he’s the perfect dad for me.”

Take artistic inspiration from Swapna Haddow and Dapo Adeola’s lively new picture book ‘My Dad is a Grizzly Bear’ and make your very own grizzly bear dad in this interactive storytelling and drawing event! 

 

 

Writing The Wilderness with Jess Butterworth

Tuesday 25th May 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Jess Butterworth has lived and worked all over the world, and it’s her amazing experiences while travelling that inspire and inform the tremendous sense of ‘place’ in her books – from the peaks of the Himalayas to the wilds of Wales. Jess recounts the amazing places, people and animals she has seen on her travels, as well as the importance of protecting and nurturing our beautiful – and inspirational - planet.