"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 six 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.

 

Our 2021 Programme
 

We're delighted to share our programme for October 2021:

 

Bookwandering with Anna James: Pages & Co – The Book Smugglers 

Tuesday 5 October, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4 & Y5

Imagine a bookshop with doors to different worlds: if one day your favourite book character came out of their book to chat… if they invite you to wander into their story… what would you do? Join author Anna James as she reveals the world of Pages & Co, revel in the true magic of getting lost in a good book and hear her read from the latest book in the series. We'll also be taking Anna on a bookwandering adventure into Seven Stories' incredible archive of manuscripts, notebooks, sketches and designs by some of her favourite children's authors.


A counting book with BITE – Ten Delicious Teachers with Ross Montgomery and Sarah Warburton 

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: R, Y1 & Y2

Ten teachers have missed the last bus home. But LOOK – a shortcut through the forest! They'll be back in time for tea! Off they skip, unaware that in the woods a hungry horde of mischievous monsters is waiting… Join children’s author Ross Montgomery and illustrator Sarah Warburton for a laugh-out-loud event that will have both teachers and students on the edge of their seats!
Children will hear the story, find out more about the making of the book and then it’s time for students to do their very own scribble monster drawing activity!

 

 

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister with Pooja Puri

Thursday 14 October 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6

Esha Verma, her snotty apprentice Broccoli and his cunning pet tortoise have a dream. They are going to win the legendary Brain Trophy – the ultimate inventing prize. This year's entry: A TIME MACHINE. But the day before the competition, Esha's IGNORAMUS big sister hijacks the time machine and is lost in the Cretaceous age. With help from a new recruit for The Office of Time, Esha and Broccoli will have to face hungry dinosaurs, mysterious black holes and malfunctioning inventions to get them back in time. Pooja will be guiding you on how to create your very own time machine in her wonderfully wacky writing workshop!
 



Dragon Adventures with Cornelia Funke and Katie & Kevin Tsang

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5 & Y6
Join bestselling authors Cornelia Funke and Katie & Kevin Tsang for a high-flying event celebrating their new books Dragon Rider: The Aurelia Curse and Dragon City! In this fun and interactive event you hear all three authors talk about their dragon adventures, each read a snippet from their novels, and have the chance to ask them your burning questions.

 



Bethan Woollvin and The Three Little Vikings

Thursday 21 October 2021, 1.30pm

Recommended age: R, Y1 & Y2

Bethan Woollvin talks about girl power and getting your voice heard in her new feisty picture book about three brave little Viking girls who save the day in this funny adventure story for little rebels. Once upon a time in a Viking village, everything seems to be going wrong. Chickens are disappearing, trees are falling down, and there's lots and lots of crashing and bashing. The silly Chieftain won't listen to the three littlest Vikings, but can they work together to solve the mystery and save the day? Plus you will be able to create your very own Viking just like Bethan in a very special draw-along!