"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.

 

June & July 2021 Programme

Below you will find all of events for June & July 2021. 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?

 

FABULOUS FRANKIE with Simon James Green and Garry Parsons

Thursday 10th June 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: R, Y1 & Y2

Discover the key to being FABULOUS with Simon James Green and Garry Parsons, the creators of FABULOUS FRANKIE and LLAMA GLAMARAMA. This will be an interactive and hilarious session with plenty of storytelling and live drawing! Simon and Garry will be discussing the importance of kindness, empathy and what it truly means to be FABULOUS like Frankie the flamingo!

 

 

Future Friend with David Baddiel

Wednesday 16th June 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7

Comedian and award-winning author David Baddiel’s wildly entertaining adventure stories for young readers have sold over 1.5 million copies in the UK and been translated across the globe. David will be talking about his latest blockbuster Future Friend, a terrifically entertaining time-slip adventure that combines action, friendship, laugh-out-loud humour, talking animals and militant chickens!

 

 

Discovering Twitch with M. G. Leonard

Thursday 17th June 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

Join bestselling author M. G. Leonard as she shares what she discovered about birdwatching when writing her brand new book Twitch. Always engaging and humorous, M. G. Leonard will introduce the birds who’ve become characters in the story, and Twitch, a twelve-year-old boy who prefers the company of birds to that of humans. Can Twitch use his talent for bird-spotting to track down an escaped robber who’s hiding in his local nature reserve? This book is a glorious mystery adventure about friendship, bravery and the wonder of birds! The event is perfect for young nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers and detectives in the making.

 

Discover the Moonchild duology with Aisha Bushby  

Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5 & Y6

Join Aisha Bushby as she introduces her enchanting Moonchild duology. Set in a Middle Eastern fantasy world of deserts, souks and moon magic, follow the adventures of three moon children and their jinni (animal companions). Inspired by the storytelling traditions of Arabian Nights, Aisha will read a short story from The Voyage of the Lost and Found – then she will set two short activities to equip you with all you need to write your own magical adventure with your chosen jinni.

 

The Time-Thief - Patience Agbabi

Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7

Elle is back! This time she's leaping almost three whole centuries back in time, to catch a thief, help her friend and save our future…

 
It’s mid-summer’s day and thirteen-year-old Elle and her Leapling classmates are visiting the Museum of the Past, the Present and the Future. But on the day of the school trip, disaster strikes, and the most unique and valuable piece in the museum, the Infinity-Glass, is stolen! And worse still, Elle’s friend and fellow Infinite, MC² is arrested for the crime!
 
Hear the brand-new Leap Cycles, The Time-Thief book brought to life by author Patience Agbabi. An event about creativity, self-expression, and how we all have the power to be heroes.
 
This event is produced by Renaissance One in partnership with Canongate.

 

Meet The Fowl Twins with Eoin Colfer

Thursday 24th June 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6 & Y7

Join global bestselling author and creator of Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer as he talks about his new series The Fowl Twins. Artemis’s younger twin brothers are back in their second adventure Deny All Charges and naturally there are explosions, dwarf trolls and gadgets galore – hold on tight!

 


 

Welcome to FACTopia! Enter a wonderland of crazily connected facts, guided by author Kate Hale

Thuesday 29th June 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6

The FACTopia! Quiz Show is based on the brand new nonfiction book FACTopia! Follow the Trail of 400 Facts. With your host and author of the book, Kate Hale, dive into this world of hilarious facts with a series of 3 multiple choice quizzes and find out what inspired her to write FACTopia!, from the spider crawling up her wall, to her favourite donut!  

 
Kate Hale is a former executive for National Geographic Kids’ Books and she also co-created and hosted the award-winning kids radio program The Weird But True Show! on SiriusXM.

 

News Hounds: The Puppy Problem! with Laura James

Wednesday 30th June 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y1, Y2 & Y3

Join author Laura James as she tells you all about her HILARIOUS new illustrated fiction series that’s perfect for any budding writers and journalists! Ever wonder what dogs get up to when humans aren’t looking? In News Hounds, Gizmo is a dog with a nose for a good scoop… Laura will discuss how to craft a great story as well as discussing her favourite four-legged friends. Watch your paws!

 

 

The Plesiosaur’s Neck: A Prehistoric Puzzle

Thursday 1st July 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y1, Y2, Y3 & Y4

“There’s one thing about her that’s hard to ignore,

THAT RIDICULOUS NECK! What on Earth was it for?”
 
Poppy the plesiosaur had a preposterously long neck - but what was it for? Did she use it to pluck off pesky parasites, zap predators or ambush prey? Join palaeontologist and plesiosaur expert Dr Adam S. Smith and children’s author Jonathan Emmett for a playful exploration of the explanations scientists have suggested for this fascinating evolutionary enigma.  

 

Claire Cashmore: Paralympian, MBE and Author of SPLASH 

Tuesday 6th July 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: R, Y1 & Y2

Claire Cashmore, MBE and Paralympic Gold medallist, will be talking all things swimming with you! Featuring a reading from her brand-new picture book SPLASH and how it was inspired by her own experiences, this is a Summer event not to be missed!

 
Inspired by the lack of representation of people with a disability in literature, SPLASH is Claire Cashmore’s debut picture book and based on her real-life experiences of being scared of the water. Brimming with positivity, SPLASH includes Claire’s inspirational growth mindset message.