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Q&A with Shane Hegarty

On what was publication day of his fourth instalment in his Darkmouth series, Just Imagine were lucky enough to once again take Irish author Shane Hegarty out to visit schools in Essex. Following an exciting day of library-opening & children-rousing, we pinned him down for a quick "Q&A" on those questions everyone wants answers to...…

Beautiful Books: Banded and Ready to Read

By Dawn Morris: Education Consultant for Just Imagine For many years schools have sought ways to band Key Stage One books for progression and appropriate challenge. Many schemes support schools in doing this by providing pre-banded books. At Just Imagine, we want to offer schools the highest quality books in a banded form that is…

What’s Your Story? By Sylvia Crowder

What’s your story?   Using a Book Bench project to facilitate creative approaches to reading for enjoyment. By Sylvia Crowder Senior Lecturer in Primary English, Edge Hill University   Like many of us my heart skipped a little when I saw that Reading for Pleasure appeared in the ‘new’ National Curriculum however I could see…

Our Class Loves This Book: The John Downing Award

For the second year running, Just Imagine were delighted to sponsor the Our Class Loves This Book: The John Downing Award. Vicky Edge-Baron, from Just Imagine, presented the award at the UKLA International Conference in Glasgow on 1st July 2017. Reporting on their decision-making, the UKLA panel said they had found it impossible to decide between the final…

“Guiding Reading – Layers of Meaning” Wins 2017 UKLA Academic Book Award

Co-authors Wayne Tennant, David Reedy, Angela Hobsbaum and Just Imagine’s Nikki Gamble received the award at a Champagne reception and Gala dinner at the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, in the West End of Glasgow on Saturday 2nd July, during the UKLA’s Annual Conference. Panel chair, Guy Merchant wrote: “The committee was impressed by…

Shirley Hughes at 90

Shirley Hughes will shortly be celebrating her 90th birthday. It's hard to believe because her creative output shows no signs of slowing down. As part of our special edition newsletter to celebrate Shirley Hughes, we wanted to include some thoughts and messages from people who have fond memories of Shirley's books and work, either professional or childhood…

William Grill and The Wolves of Currumpaw

Can you say something about your background and any other experiences that have fed into your work? I grew up in a rural part of Hampshire, so spent a good deal of time outdoors making dens and the like, I think that’s why I’m now so interested in stories that take place in wild places.…

Celebrating Diversity with Alice Curry

(Transcript of a conversation between Alice Curry & Alison Hughes, for Just Imagine...) Could you give us an idea of your back ground & why you have an interest in children’s literature? I started off as an academic, did a PhD in Children’s literature & ended up lecturing in children’s literature in Australia! I then…

Reading Gladiators™ Welcomes Year 2 to the Programme

By Sam Keeley, Reading Gladiators™ Year 2 Programme Leader It is extremely exciting to be expanding the Reading Gladiators programme for 2017-18 to include Year Two. My experience as a Year Two teacher and as a parent to my daughter who is coming to the end of KS1 has made me very aware that higher…

Walking this ‘Tender Earth’ in empathy shoes By Sita Brahmachari

  To mark ‘Empathy Day’ with Empathy Lab – 13th June 2017 This article is dedicated to all those who have lost those they love in recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, and all the children and young people around the world who are forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict, environmental…