"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 5,400 children in 45 schools across the U.K. are taking part in one of our Authors into Schools events between September and October 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;

  • 100% 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
  • 100% 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 October 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)


How Much Does an Event Cost?

We ask all participating schools to buy a set of 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.


November & December 2020 Programme

Below you will find all of events for November and December 2020. For more information, and to express interest in any of the below events, please email mariana.mouzinho@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?


Amelia Fang and The Trouble With Toads with Laura Ellen Anderson

Thursday 5th November 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y2, Y3 & Y4

Hop along for this TOAD-ally FANG-tastic event with best-selling children’s author Laura Ellen Anderson! 

Laura Ellen Anderson is the creator of the Amelia Fang series, an Official 2020 World Book Day Author and the Official 2020 Summer Reading Scheme Illustrator.

Find out all about Laura’s inspiration for the Amelia Fang series, learn how to draw just like Laura and listen to a reading from the new book, Amelia Fang and the Trouble with Toads. This event will featuring a draw-along, so have your pencils and paper at the ready. There will also be an exclusive author Q and A – pop your thinking caps on for the best questions to ask!


Writing and Reading Horror with Padraig Kenny 

Tuesday 10th November 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7

From the author of Tin comes a thought-provoking and chilling new middle grade story about a family of monsters who live quite happily, hidden behind a glamour which hides them from the world.  When the human world becomes aware of them, it is clear that the true monsters aren't always the ones you can see. Padraig will talk about how he wrote his book, the characters, the plot and how far he felt he could take the genre of horror.  

Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck with Simon James Green

Thursday 12th November 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7

Join award-winning author Simon James Green for a laugh-out-loud event celebrating his new middle-grade novel, LIFE OF RILEY. When 10 year-old Riley is cursed by a fairground fortune teller, he goes on a mission to get rid of his bad luck before Brad Chicago realises he’s just become mates with the unluckiest boy in the world. Simon will have your students in stitches as he recounts the awkward events and mishaps of his own school days which inspired the book, as well as explaining why funny books are so important to him, and how they can help us all through difficult times.

Simon will share his top tips to help students write their own funny stories, and will exclusively reveal his secret research about how to attract good luck into your life! Featuring comedy anecdotes, practical writing tips, a reading from the book, Q & A, and a fun interactive demonstration of one of the principles of ‘good luck’, this feel-good session contains an important message about learning to look for the positives in life, and will prove that laughter really is the best medicine.  

Bookwander with Pages & Co author Anna James

Tuesday 17th November 2020, 1.30pm
Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6
Imagine a magical book shop with doors to different worlds: if one day your favourite book character came out of their book to chat… if they invited you to wander into their story… what would you do? Join author Anna James as she reveals the world of Pages & Co, revels in the true magic of getting lost in a good book, and reads from her latest book in the series Tilly and the Map of Stories.



The Midnight Guardians with Ross Montgomery 

Thursday 19th November 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Join Costa-shortlisted author Ross Montgomery for an enchanting event as he whisks you back to the winter of 1940 and introduces to you Col and his magical Guardians... 

Col, an orphan and evacuee who’s been sent away from London to live with his aunt, discovers his forgotten imaginary friends - His Guardians, who have travelled from the Spirit World to warn Col that his sister is in danger from a terrifying raid on London. With Pendlebury, a Bengal tiger that can change size, Mr Noakes, a waist coat-wearing badger with a keen sense of smell and the fearless four-foot knight the King of Rogues, Col must embark on a perilous journey across the country to London.

Ross is an expert at events and an ex-teacher so will have imaginations whirring and children on the edge of their seats as they find out more about the real WWII history behind the story and the folklore creatures that inspired him.

Sona Sharma and the Story of Names with Chitra Soundar

Tuesday 24th November 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y1, Y2, Y3 & Y4

Every story has a name, and every name has a story. Find out how Chitra Soundar, author of Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister, got her name and how that inspired the book. Come prepared to find out more about the Elephant that doesn’t have a name and Sona’s bed that does have one! An event to inspire creativity. 

Brand New Boy with David Almond

Thursday 26th November 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Join master storyteller and multi award-winning author David Almond as he introduces his new book Brand New Boy. In this captivating event, you’ll discover more about David’s writing process and get a glimpse into his personal notebooks, where all his story ideas begin. An inspiring and unmissable event.

When a new boy joins the class, everyone thinks he’s a bit strange, but he’s brilliant at football and loves crisps, and that’s all that matters to Dan and Maxie. However, the truth about George is stranger than anyone could have imagined ... and more sinister, too. Can his new pals help him to become truly free?

Tinsel: The Girls that Invented Christmas with Sibeal Pounder

Thursday 10th December 2020, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

What if somewhere along the way we've all got the Santa story a bit wrong...? How did the world come to believe Santa Claus is a man? It’s all just one big misunderstanding! Join bestselling author Sibeal Pounder for a fabulously festive Christmas extravaganza where you’ll hear all about who Blanche Claus is, her best friend Rinki and their magical sleigh ride adventures. Be prepared for snow machines, a Christmas quiz and plenty of festive fun!