"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 November and December 2021:

Stuntboy, In The Meantime with Jason Reynolds

Wednesday 17 November, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y5, Y6, Y7 & Y8

 

Stuntboy. Otherwise known as Portico Reeves. He’s the newest superhero in town – or at least in his own head. All he wants to do is keep the other residents of Skylight Gardens safe; by protecting his best friend Zola from their arch-nemesis, Herbert Singletary the Worst, learning to beat ‘the Frets’ (his anxiety), and trying to stop his parents from fighting all the time.

Inspired by Reynolds experience of his parents’ separation, Stuntboy In The Meantime explores issues that children find difficult to talk about, including bullying and anxiety.


 

Meet Andy Griffiths, author of the 13 Storey Treehouse Series!

Wednesday 24 November, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6

Come and meet Andy Griffiths, the bestselling author of the hilarious and wacky 13-Storey Treehouse series who will be talking live about the latest book in the Treehouse Series all the way from Australia.

In the latest Treehouse adventure, The 143-Storey Treehouse, Andy and Terry have added ANOTHER thirteen new levels! Andy's been a bit stressed, so Terry has decided the perfect way for them to relax is to head up to their new camping ground level for a much-needed holiday. But it turns out to be not quite as relaxing as Terry originally planned... 

 


The Very Merry Murder Club

Tuesday 30 November, 1.30pm

Recommended age: Y4, Y5, Y6 & Y7

The Very Merry Murder Club is a collection of wintery mystery stories from thirteen of the bestselling, award-winning and exciting authors: Abiola Bello, Annabelle Sami, Benjamin Dean, E.L. Norry, Elle McNicoll, Dominique Valente, Joanna Williams, Maisie Chan, Nizrana Farook, Patrice Lawrence, Roopa Farooki, Serena Patel and Sharna Jackson.

Join the Very Merry Murder Club as some of the authors lead you on a snow-covered wintery journey of Christmassy crimes, festive foul play and murderously magnificent mysteries. The authors will also share their top tips for writing your own festive mysteries, and Harry Woodgate will share their inspiration for the incredible cover.


Clarice Bean Think Like an Elf  with Lauren Child

Friday 3 December, 11am

Recommended age: Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6

Award-winning author and illustrator, Lauren Child has created some of children’s books’ best known characters including Charlie and Lola, Ruby Redfort and Hubert Horatio. 

This year, Clarice Bean the much-loved, irrepressible star of books that have sold over 6 million copies worldwide, returns in a brilliantly funny festive book, Clarice Bean Think Like an Elf. Find out what’s in store for Clarice and the Bean family this Christmas and also where Lauren gets her inspirations from and how she creates her unique books and artwork.