Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle

This is the place to go if you love children’s books. It’s called Seven Stories (because it’s in a building seven storeys high) and is situated on the outskirts of Newcastle-upon- Tyne. cloud phone case iphone 6 Dedicated entirely to children’s books, it houses some of the rarest collections of children’s writers and illustrators manuscripts outside the British Museum, as well as curating exciting exhibitions and having a wonderful bookshop. iphone 7 case rainbow I went there earlier this week along with twenty or so members of the Society of Authors. Talk about coals to Newcastle… books                           The attic room on Floor 7 where we heard about the history of the museum. rose gold iphone 8 case personalised Genius design idea with the suspended books, no? kerr                                 The current exhibition is a celebration of Judith ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ Kerr’s work, to coincide with her 90th birthday. hard iphone 7 case Here the curator is showing us some of the drawings Judith did as an 8-year old. The attention to detail was incredible – you could see how talented she was even at that age edid b diary                           Enid Blyton’s diary from 1934: ‘February 16th Worked till lunch…’ was on display alongside letters, drafts, photographs and so on. iphone 6 stich phone case A must-see for all Blyton fans.   edward a                   Love, love, love Edward Ardizzone’s drawings. viv           The effervescent Viv French got to sit in the Storyteller’s Chair and finished the visit off with tips on author visits. If I talk about washing lines next time, you know where I got the idea from.     Seven Stories is well worth a visit. It’s a ten minute taxi ride from Newcastle Station but once you’re there you can spend all day exploring. There’s a cafĂ© and, as I mentioned, a well-stocked bookshop. There’s always a full programme of events with plenty of author visits and creative activities to keep the whole family occupied. I wish it had been open when my kids were little.

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