The ‘Seven Stories’ centre is the National Centre for Children’s Books. The building has indeed seven floors (each a storey!), playing on the theory that there are seven basic plots, or story themes, on which all stories are based. Well known for its excellent exhibitions, it is a wonderful place that celebrates all elements of children’s literature.
There were lots of duffle coats and marmalade sandwiches on the sixth floor in the Paddington exhibition.
The next floor down holds the Michael Foreman 'Painting With Rainbows' exhibition. What a treat to see so many examples of this amazing artist's work in one place- I went round this gallery twice! Everything is laid out beautifully and presented with great care and attention to detail.
On the seventh floor, in the attic, there were Hallowe'en story telling sessions taking place, based on the 'Funnybones' books. There was also a display of the new artwork from the Harry Potter books. Large scale pictures made a great backdrop for children to play around- and there were lots of very happy children enjoying themselves when I visited!
Seven Stories is an amazing place which is safeguarding so much of our children's literature heritage for future generations. It is an exciting place to visit- no matter what age you are- and I would encourage everyone to make at least one trip to enjoy the wonders it holds!