Newcastle's Children's Literature Unit was established within the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University in 2005. Our aim is to foster teaching and research in children's literature. We collaborate closely with Seven Stories and aim to offer our students the opportunity to work with archives and special collections from the Seven Stories Collection and other children's literature collections in the area.
There are four core staff working within the CLU: Professor Kimberley Reynolds, Professor Matthew Grenby, Professor Kate Chedgzoy, and Dr. Lucy Pearson. Several other staff in the School of English work on related areas, including nonsense poetry, and child performers.
The School of English offers opportunities to study children's literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels: see the CLU homepage for more details.
Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. Our mission is to champion children’s books as an essential part of our childhood, our national heritage and our culture. We want to inspire a love of reading across generations.
Seven Stories is the only place in the UK dedicated to the art of children’s books, and one of just a few such places in the world. Everything we do inspires children and adults to choose, share, read and enjoy the best children’s literature. We attract some of the biggest names in children’s literature to work with us to stage exhibitions and to take part in events.
We are also custodian of the only collection in the world dedicated to telling the story of British children’s literature from the 1930s to the present day. Seven Stories is a prestigious home for the original manuscripts and illustrations of many writers and artists who entrust us to care for their work. Our treasure trove of children’s literature represents over 100 authors and illustrators, including Judith Kerr, Enid Blyton, Philip Pullman, Kaye Webb and David Almond. It reveals the creative imagination behind the children’s book – from first scribbles to dummy books, roughs to final artwork, letters and correspondence to the finished book. We draw upon these special archives to curate playful exhibitions, to inspire lively events, child-centred learning and offer a unique resource for researchers.
Our exhibitions are carefully designed to immerse children and families in book and story, encouraging exploration and inspiring our young visitors’ creative imaginations. Since we were founded we have curated almost 30 exhibitions working with some of the best known names in children’s literature, as well as many rising stars. Over ½m people have visited Seven Stories since we opened in 2005, and a further 800,000 people have enjoyed our exhibitions on tour across the UK.