We Love Book Campaign - the results are in!

Where better to spend your World Book Day 2016 than at The National Centre for Children’s Books?

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March 2016.

Families have been choosing the books they would like to be included in Seven Stories' much-loved story times over the World Book Day weekend as well as take part in an event to celebrate 30years of Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy.

To coincide with World Book Day 2016, families have been voting for their favourite stories from a list of thirty titles compiled by Seven Stories.  The  winning Top Ten Titles will form the basis for lively story times running throughout the weekend of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March as The National Centre declares "We Love Books!". 

Thank you to everyone who entered our poll the top ten looks like this: 

  1. Banana! Ed Vere
  2. Good Little Wolf by Nadine Shireen
  3. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr 
  4. Vegetable Glue by Susan Chandler
  5. Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure by Thomas Docherty
  6. The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle
  7. Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob by Simon Bartram 
  8. Hoot Owl by Sean Taylor 
  9. When A Monster is Born by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt
  10. Wild by Emily Hughes 

Alison Gwynn, Programme Director at Seven Stories said: "This list is a great mix of old and new titles and we're really pleased to see some of our favourite storytimes reads have made the top ten. Banana! By Ed Vere was a clear winner and firm favourite with our voters, it's such a great colourful picturebook about the importance of sharing. We hope visitors are pleased with the top ten and look forward to hearing these stories over our World Book Day weekend." 

It goes without saying that Seven Stories just loves books. The National Centre believes books and reading for pleasure are an invaluable part of family life whether that is sharing stories together, devouring the next, much anticipated title in a favourite series or rereading a dog-eaten classic. Over the first weekend in March, bookworms of all ages will also be able to celebrate the love of a good book with Seven Stories by exploring their exclusive exhibitions and taking part in creative activities in the Studio.

Children are invited to come dressed as their favourite book characters and share photos of their marvellous fancy dress on social media #sevenstoriesWBD for a chance to win a £5 Bookshop voucher. 

Families are in for a treat with the addition of professional story teller Vanessa Woolf to the weekend's line up.  Fans of the picture book classic Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy (Walker Books) will be surprised to learn the title celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  To celebrate this milestone, on Saturday 5 March families are invited to sneak up to the Attic for a not-so-peaceful storytelling extravaganza full of singing, actions and fun props as Vanessa Woolf retells this delightful tale.  The event coincides with Mother's Day weekend and busy mums, carers, grandparents and dads sympathetic to Mrs Large's search for Five Minutes Peace are tasked with sharing their photos and videos on Seven Stories' social media sites.  Professional story teller Vanessa Woolf has led the campaign by sharing how she manages to snatch #FiveMinutesPeace. 

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For more information contact:

Kathryn Row, Marketing and Programming Manager 

E: kathryn.row@sevenstories.org.uk