Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.
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At the heart of Seven Stories is a treasure trove of original artwork and manuscripts which records the creative process involved in making a children's book and provides an insight into the working lives of authors and illustrators.

Seven Stories is the only place in the UK which is actively collecting original artwork by British writers and illustrators for children. Generous donations of work have been received from many leading figures in the world of children's literature.

Our aim is to make the collection accessible to a wide audience - from school children participating in education programmes and families visiting exhibitions through to researchers from around the world.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Closed For Refurbishment Until 19th July 2015

Admission charges

Adult Single: £7.00
Adult Annual: £26.00
Child/Concession Single: £6.00
Child/Concession Annual: £21
Family Single: £19
Family Annual: £60

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Seven Stories Closed for Refurbishment : Reopening Sunday 19 July 2015

  • 19 April — 19 July 2015 *on now

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books will close while we undergo major refurbishment work and will reopen on Monday 20 July 2015 - just in time for the Summer Holidays!
Seven Stories has been open every day and after 10 years in in need of investment. The refurbishment will make your visitor experience even more magical for children of all ages, improve functionality and make the building more energy efficient.
Seven Stories will open with 3 brand new exhibitions, Painting with Rainbows –A Michael Foreman Exhibition, Rhyme Around the World and A Bear Called Paddington.
While our visitor centre is closed we are still bringing the magic of children's books to life across the North East. Visit www.sevenstories.org.uk to find out more.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

StoryParty On the Road: Bears StoryParty

  • 29 May 2015 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm *on now

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene. Bring to life the wonderful world of children’s books in this glorious setting with interactive storytelling and multi-sensory activities ideal for inspiring your little booklovers.

When you go down into the woods today…keep your eyes open for bears. Little cubs are invited to join in with storytimes, activities and singing.

Additional sessions:
Friday 5 June Creepy Crawlies StoryParty
Friday 12 June Farmyard StoryParty
Friday 19 June Julia Donaldson StoryParty

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Where

Pet’s Corner, NE7 7BQ
Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre,
Red Walk, Jesmond Dene,
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE7 7BQ

Admission

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. Suitable for children ages 18months-4years.

Jungle! Armchair Journey

  • 30 May 2015 10am-5pm
  • 31 May 2015 2-4pm

Become an explorer this Summer as we head deep into the jungle of Sunderland Winter Gardens. Join in a jungle parade and listen to all your favourite animal stories together before making some ROAR-some crafts to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Sunderland
SR1 1PP

Admission

Free event, no booking required.

Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

*Author Event* Off the Page with Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

  • 3 June 2015 6-8pm

Meet internationally best-selling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer at their only North East event.
Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including Between The Lines and new YA novel Off the Page, co-written with her daughter Samantha Van Leer. Join Jodi and Samantha as they discuss their critically acclaimed books, how they work together and answer your questions.
Following the success of Between the Lines, Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, have teamed up for their second young-adult novel, Off The Page. Off The Page is a tender and appealing romantic YA novel filled with humor, adventure, and magical relationships. A witty commentary about life, Off The Page is a stand-alone novel as well as a companion to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending.
Followed by a book signing. Jodi and Samantha will sign 2 books - a copy of Off the Page and one other. Jodi's back catalogue will also be available from our Bookshop at the event.

Where

Tyneside Cinema
10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 6QG

Admission

Booking essential. £16 per person, includes event ticket and a copy of Off The Page.
Suitable for ages 12+.

StoryParty On the Road: Creepy Crawlies StoryParty

  • 5 June 2015 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene. Bring to life the wonderful world of children’s books in this glorious setting with interactive storytelling and multi-sensory activities ideal for inspiring your little booklovers.

Little mini-beast explorers will be looking under every rock after taking part in Seven Stories’ interactive StoryParty all about Creepy Crawlies.

Additional sessions:
Friday 12 June Farmyard StoryParty
Friday 19 June Julia Donaldson StoryParty

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Where

Pet’s Corner
Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre,
Red Walk, Jesmond Dene
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE7 7BQ

Admission

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. Suitable for children ages 18months-4years.

The Snorgh and The Sailor (Part of The Iron Age Festival 2015)

  • 6 June 2015 12-4pm

A miserable, marsh-dwelling Snorgh and an adventurous sailor have washed into town to help children from Cullercoats Primary create a fabulous display inspired by best-selling book The Snorgh and The Sailor by Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty. Join Seven Stories for an afternoon of storytelling and craft inspired by all your favourite seaside stories.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Iron Age Festival, Cullercoats Community Centre, Cullercoats.
Cullercoats Community Centre,
Cullercoats.
NE30 4QX

Admission

Free event, no booking required.

Jesterval

  • 7 June 2015 11am-4pm

Bogies! Pants! Everyone loves a good giggle. Join us on an Armchair Journey and listen to some hilarious stories for all the family. Decorate your own pair of wacky specs and start the summer with a smile.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Jesterval, Baltic Quay, Newcastle
NE8 2JR

Admission

Free event, no booking required.

StoryParty On the Road: Farmyard StoryParty

  • 12 June 2015 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene. Where better to bring to life all your favourite farmyard stories than in this glorious setting with interactive storytelling and multi-sensory activities ideal for inspiring your little booklovers.

Additional sessions:
Friday 19 June Julia Donaldson StoryParty

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. Suitable for children ages 18months-4years.

Wild Rumpus!

  • 13 June 2015 From 11am, From 1pm

Let the wild rumpus start! You are invited to join Max for a Wild Rumpus at Gibside this June.

Make your own Wild Thing mask and create a musical instrument before following Max through the woods in a fun and noisy event celebrating classic picture-book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Join us as we bring this favourite story to life in Gibside’s historic landscape gardens with stories, songs, crafts and more.

Please Note: This event will take place approx. 1 mile (30 minute walk) from the main gates. Please leave enough time on arrival to make your way to event area.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Gibside
Rowlands Gill
Gateshead
NE16 6BG

Admission

Booking essential. £4 per person or £8 per person including a copy of Where the Wild Things Are. Entry to Gibside is free for all event ticket holders.

StoryParty On the Road: Julia Donaldson Stories

  • 19 June 2015 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm

Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene. Bring to life the wonderful world of children’s books in this glorious setting with interactive storytelling and multi-sensory activities ideal for inspiring your little booklovers.

Fee Fi Foo Fum, the Smartest Giant needs help! Listen to Julia Donaldson’s classic picturebook and join in with fun activities for under4s.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. Suitable for children ages 18months-4years.

Into the Woods Armchair Journey

  • 28 June 2015 11am-4pm

Adventure into the deep, dark woods at Kirley Hall and discover storytelling, games and more. We will be bringing your favourite children's books to life at Kirkley Hall to celebrate The Children's Foundations 25th anniversary. Take part in livey storytelling sessions, join in with our Mixed - Up Fairy Tale Performance and make your own animal mask to take home surrounded by beautiful woodland. Who knows who you might bump into!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Kirkley Hall and Gardens, Ponteland, Newcastle, NE20 0AQ
Ponteland
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE20 0AQ

Admission

Free Event. For more information about The Children’s Foundation, visit www.thechildrensfoundation.co.uk .

Paws and Claws

  • 3 July 2015 9:15-10am, 11:45am-12:30pm, 12:45-1:15pm, 2:45-3:30pm, 5-5:30pm
  • 4 July 2015 9-9:45am, 11:15-11:45am, 1:15-2pm

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Join in an interactive storytelling session and create your own tiger masks to take home as we celebrate one of our favourite picture books, The Tiger Who Came to Tea which will be brought to life at Theatre Royal.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Theatre Royal
100 Grey Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 6BR

Admission

Free additional event. Tickets must be purchased from Theatre Royal for performances of The Tiger Who Came To Tea www.theatreroyal.co.uk . A Relaxed screening can be booked at 4pm on Friday 3 July. Those attending showings of the production must make sure to be in their seats with enough time before the performance starts.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Story Party

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/events

Story Party has a different theme every week. With beautiful picture books, songs, rhymes, hands-on activities and making time, sessions encourage children aged 0-5 years and their adults to enjoy stories together in an active, fun way and promote a love of books from an early age. Choose from Tuesday 11.00-12.00 or Wednesday 11.00-12.00 every term time week.

How to obtain

Adults can buy an annual pass for £20 which allows unlimited entry to the whole building for 12 months. Story Party costs £2 per child, per session. Children 4+ will also need an annual pass, £15.

Bookworm Babies

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/events

Bookworm Babies meet at Seven Stories to share the best baby books with their grown ups. Together we explore new ways to play with books, singing, moving about and having lots of fun in a relaxed group. Sessions are suitable for babies until they start to walk. Sessions are in blocks of six and two blocks of six make up a full Bookworm Babies course. Choose between booking for one or two blocks of six sessions. Sessions take place on Thursdays 10.15-11.15.

How to obtain

Bookworm Babies (either one or two blocks of six) must be booked and paid for in advance. Six sessions costs £15 per participating baby and £20 for an adult annual pass. Book online at http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/bookworm-babies-6-week-block-booking-tuesday-pm-e1139 or for more information call 0845 2710777 ext 715.

CPD Opportunites at Seven Stories

We provide training and development for all practitioners working with children, including teachers, librarians, Children’s Centre staff, Private Day Nursery teams and childminders. All our training is suffused with our love of and passion for children’s books, our knowledge of classic and unusual titles and our creative approaches to learning. Our in-house programme provides a variety of options for you.
For more information visit www.sevenstories.org.uk/learning/cpd or to discuss your training and development requirements, please contact: Shane Smith, 0845 271 0777 ext. 719
shane.smith@sevenstories.org.uk

Hooks into Books at Seven Stories

Let Seven Stories lead you directly to the books that will stimulate and animate your teaching and, in doing so, motivate and inspire young readers.
If you would like more information on opening a school account, Hooks Into Books or need help with selecting books for your school, fill in the form at http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/shop/books-for-schools. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the bookshop team by calling 0845 271 0777 Ext 712.

School and Group visits to Seven Stories!

Session times at Seven Stories
Seven Stories school and group visits can be booked Monday - Friday during term time, subject to availability, and last two hours. Sessions are available 10am - 12noon OR 12.30pm - 2.30pm. You can also add a trip to the Bookshop to your visit.
What is involved in a school or group visit?
All visits to Seven Stories are led by a member of the learning team. A facilitated school or group visit lasts for two hours and incorporates a session in one of our galleries; Mr Gumpy and Other Outings - Celebrating 50 Years of John Burningham's Work or There's Nuffin Like a Puffin - Celebrating 70 spectacular years of Puffin Books. Sessions also include a creative workshop

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books
30 Lime Street
Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE1 2PQ
England

Website

www.sevenstories.org.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

info@sevenstories.org.uk

School Bookings

lisa.moll@sevenstories.org.uk

Collection Infomation

collections@sevenstories.org.uk

Media Enquiries

lauren.regan@sevenstories.org.uk

Events

lorna.duncanson@sevenstories.org.uk

Telephone

0845 271 0777

Fax

0191 276 4302

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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