Go HOPPING Mad with Seven Stories this Easter.

Seven Stories will be bouncing this Easter with all your favourite bunnies.  Celebrate the arrival of Spring with stories from much loved rabbity books in fabulous, daily storytime sessions. The National Centre teams up once again with talented papercraft artist, Ellen Giggenbach who has designed a delightful Easter Bunny origami for visitors to make in the Creation Station throughout the holidays. Families are invited to take part in creative activities based around brand new book WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury).   Ralfy Rabbit is WANTED! He loves reading so much that he has started to steal the books from Arthur’s shelf until he is introduced to the wonders of his local library.  Visitors can make their own WANTED! poster, take their picture against the police line-up and put together a surveillance kit to catch the pesky rabbit in the Creation Station.

Author and illustrator Emily MacKenzie will visit Seven Stories on Friday 10 April for an event to celebrate her debut picture book WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar.  Children can hear first-hand from Emily how she created the cheeky rabbit and add their own bunny to the police line-up wall.  Make a bunny bandit mask and enjoy this fabulous event as a family.


Timeless classic, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram (Walker Books) celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year.  Families can follow a special treasure hunt around the Visitor Centre which may lead to an EGGcellent reward!  Join in with fun activity sheets, wear a pair of hare ears and even take a selfie with Big Nutbrown Hare.  Under4s can take part in a delightful Guess How Much I Love You StoryParty on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays throughout Easter.  Little Nutbrown Hares can listen to a story and take part in multisensory activities in a wonderful session which shares a love of reading.  The much-loved picture book Guess How Much I Love You has also been adapted into a popular animated series.  Settle down and enjoy this idyllic collection of animated tales with your little one with regular film screenings at Seven Stories.

Hop along to the screening of star-studded and hilarious animated film for the whole family, HOP!  On Easter Island, a young rabbit named E.B. is intended to succeed his father, Mr. Bunny, as the Easter Bunny.  But E.B. has other ideas and runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer.  You might catch sight of the White Rabbit with a basket of chocolaty treats if he is not too late for his final Mixed-Up Fairytale Performances before Seven Stories closes on Monday 20 April for exciting refurbishmentThe Easter holidays are the last chance for visitors to meet the Gruffalo at Seven Stories as well as explore the intricate artwork from popular ballet series, Angelina Ballerina in the Twists and Tales: A Story of Angelina Ballerina exhibition.  Bid farewell to the Moving Stories: Children’s Books from Page to Screen which will close its doors at the National Centre this April.



Media Contact:

Hannah Lambert, Programming and Marketing Assistant

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books

30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

E: hannah.lambert@sevenstories.org.uk


Notes to Editor:

  1. Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books based in Newcastle. Their aim is to save, celebrate and share artwork and manuscripts, from first scribbles to finished books, to create their innovative programme of exhibitions and events. 

  2. *Seven Stories will be closed on Easter Sunday 5 April.  Open hours on Good Friday 3 & Easter Monday 6 April: 10am-4pm.

  3. Illustration credits: Emily Mackenzie, WANTED Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar (Bloomsbury) and Anita Jeram, Guess How Much I Love You (Walker Books).