Last week Seven Stories hosted a very special event at Gateshead Central Library to celebrate our Living Books project. Families had lots of fun together at “The BIG Party”; an interactive, sensory exploration of the picture book Mr Big by Ed Vere.

“Living Books” is being delivered at various Early Years settings in Gateshead and Sunderland, supporting Early Years practitioners to immerse children in stories and encouraging families to enjoy books together. The project is just about to start its fifth cycle and has seen over 600 children and practitioners joining in so far.

The programme was generously funded by the Ballinger Trust and culminated in a celebration event that was made possible by funding from the Big Lottery. We send our thanks to these funders alongside Penguin Random House who generously supplied copies of Max and Bird and Max the Brave, also by Ed Vere, so that every child could take a book home with them to continue their reading journey. Thanks also go to all our volunteers who helped on the day.