I think Seven Storiesnofollow, the National Centre for Children’s Books, may actually be one of my favourite places in the world. I spent a morning there exploring on a recent trip to Newcastle. There’s loads going on from story times, craft activities, exhibitions and special events and there’s even a bookshop and a café. Here are seven of the reasons why it’s such a great place.
The exhibitions I saw were fascinating and well-designed. There are fun, interactive activities for children as well as the chance to see fabulous original artwork and manuscripts. The three exhibitions were Enid Blyton, a Judith Kerr Retrospective and Picture books in Progress (showing how picture books are created) but they change throughout the year.
Tea time with a tiger
Judith Kerr wrote and illustrated many wonderful books including the Mog series and, one of my all-time favourites, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. The author donated her complete archive to the Centre in 2008. Besides looking at her original artwork, my favourite part of the Judith Kerr exhibition was seeing some small children busily feeding tins of ‘Tiger Food’ to a huge toy tiger.