Last week we were lucky enough to go up to Newcastle and visit two lovely primary schools with Seven Stories. We jumped at the chance because Newcastle is one of our favourite cities and we were keen to visit Seven Stories too. It’s the National Centre for Children’s Books and is a truly wonderful place, which also has one of the best children’s bookshops we’ve ever seen.

But our first stop was out in Sunderland at Northern Saints Primary School – they are still in the middle of extensive building work but we could already tell what an amazing place it’s going to be when it’s finished. We were especially blown away by the fantastic library they are building – how wonderful to have a new library at the heart of their expansion, which will be shared with the community too. The children gave us a very warm welcome and looked very smart in their uniform! We thought they did a great job of acting out the parts of various characters in Spaghetti with the Yeti and seemed to know an awful lot about yetis in general!

After Northern Saints we had a whistle-stop tour of Seven Stories, taking in the fabulous Judith Kerr and Enid Blyton exhibitions. We loved the enormous tiger sitting at a tea table and Charlotte had a few flashbacks to her childhood in the Famous Five part of the exhibition…

After lunch we hotfooted it to St Marys RC Primary School, where some very enthusiastic children, who had already been whooped up by their Halloween lunch, were more than ready to get into character as monsters!We had lots of fun but  almost stumbled in the Q & A, when we were asked “Can you spell antidisestablishmentarianism?” – Charlotte made a brave attempt but decided to change the subject halfway through…

Thanks to everyone who made us so welcome, especially Steve from Seven Stories. We hope to come back again.

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