Seven Stories to mark Independent Bookshop Week 2016 with a story time vote

Bookworms are invited to vote for their favourite stories ahead of Independent Bookshop Week 2016.

Saturday 18 June – Saturday 25 June

To celebrate the 10th Independent Bookshop Week, families can vote for the books they want to hear during Seven Stories’ popular and lively story times between Saturday 18 - 25 June.  The National Centre has shortlisted twenty-five titles for voters to choose from with the option for bookworms of all ages to share their favourite reads too.

The list comprises books old and new from a range of well-known and much loved authors and illustrators including Oliver Jeffers, Catherine Rayner and Babette Cole.

Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books is proud of their Independent Bookshop, which has been recognised by the Booksellers’ Association as one of the biggest and best independent children's bookshops in the country.  Visitors to the Bookshop are overwhelmed by the wide range and choice, from baby and toddler to young adult. Seven Stories also prides itself on their expert staff who are on hand to offer great book buying advice, whether customers are buying for the most reluctant reader or are seeking a unique gift for a booklover.

Steve Robinson, Trading Manager at Seven Stories says: “Being an independent Bookshop means we’re more able to react to what our customers want.  We can tailor what we stock and what we recommend to our customers based purely on how good we know the books are.”

Voting goes live on Monday 6 June - start your voting on the form belowVoting will close on Monday 13 June.

Join the live voting on Twitter @7stories #sevenstories and share your favourites. You can also add your vote to our colourful book tally in the Bookshop.

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Media Contact

For images, quotes or interviews please contact:

Hannah Lambert – Marketing and Digital Coordinator

Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle. NE1 2PQ.

T: 0300 330 1095 ext 223


Notes to Editor:

Independent Bookshop Week (18th to 25th June 2016) is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, and seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.  Events, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting are all part of the activities to mark the occasion.  The purpose of the week is to highlight local bookshops and encourage customers to visit, try something new and celebrate with them. Check out our Twitter account – @IndieBound_UK – for regular updates on IBW events and bookshop happenings. - See more at:

Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Seven Stories is the only place in Britain dedicated to the art of children’s books and the joy of reading, and one of just a few such places in the world. Our work is enjoyed by over 150,000 people every year.

Everything we do aims to inspire children and grown-ups to be curious, imaginative and creative. We strive to ensure that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can take part to enjoy a lifetime of reading for pleasure.

Our home is a carefully converted Victorian warehouse in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. We opened in 2005 and our seven floors house galleries for exhibitions, performances and creative spaces, a specialist children’s bookshop and a café.

Seven Stories is widely recognised for our abilities and achievements. We have established an important collection of artwork, manuscripts and archives of Britain’s most acclaimed writers and illustrators for children from 1930s to the present day. We bring this unique treasure trove to life through playful and immersive exhibitions, an entertaining and informative public events programme and research opportunities.

Seven Stories was awarded National status by Arts Council England in 2012 in recognition of the significance of our Collection and its high standard of care, and the excellent way that we engage with our visitors and users. We were also awarded with a National Lottery Award in September 2013 after being voted the UK’s favourite education project.  

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