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24th January 2020

Library Lovers Month

The Heart of the School I am annually awed by the talents and commitment of the SLA Librarian of the Year honours list.  In the meantime you may find inspiration in the experiences of Ros Harding the current School Librarian of the Year from The King’s School in Chester.  SLA Librarian of the Year 2019 …
23rd January 2020

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health week runs from 3-9 February 2020. The aim of the week is to focus on the importance of looking after our emotional well being from childhood. This year the theme is FIND YOUR BRAVE. The organisers, Place2Be, explain: Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can…
14th January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day

“It was clear to each and every one of us that the things we had seen needed to be told, and should not be forgotten” Primo Levi, Auschwitz Survivor  “Stories hung in the air about great-aunts and uncles who’d gone” Michael Rosen, author, broadcaster Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on 27th January. It…
9th January 2020

Call for entries: 2020 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is now open!

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, the annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the Branford Boase Award, is now open. One of the most prestigious of UK children’s book prizes, the Branford Boase Award recognises a debut children’s author and their editor and was set up in memory of the outstanding children’s writer Henrietta Branford and…
7th January 2020

Chinese New Year

The Year of the Rat 2020 is the Year of the Rat. Far from being despised vermin, the rat is considered clever and charming, if sometimes manipulative and wily. In the origin story about the Chinese zodiac the rat wins the race by exploiting the Ox's natural advantage and outwitting the cat. The rat earns…
12th July 2019

“Invisible in a Bright Light” by Sally Gardner – Exclusive Cover Reveal

Just Imagine are thrilled to reveal the brand new cover of Sally Gardner's latest title Invisible in a Bright Light, launched today - 12th July 2019. (Cover art by Helen Crawford-White) To coincide with this, Sally has written a wonderful letter to share with her readers.   Dear Reader Children possess extraordinary imaginations that relish…
5th June 2019

Read For Empathy Blog Tour – By Lauren Wolk

As part of the Read for Empathy blog tour leading up to Empathy Day itself on Tuesday 11 June, we are very pleased to host Lauren Wolk, author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea:   Many things divide us. They’re obvious because they’re largely external. How we look. Where we live. The slogans…
14th February 2019

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: The importance of school and community in Will You Catch Me?

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children. Nelson Mandela I started my book Will You Catch Me? with Nelson Mandela’s powerful quote of truth that strikes at the very core of our community. Every February the charity Nacoa run a Children of Alcoholics Week to…
19th January 2019

Just Imagine Blog: Reading Gladiators Prize Visit

Following their success in a Reading Gladiators™ mini-challenge based on The Glassmaker's Daughter, St Matthias Primary School in London were thrilled to win an event with both the author Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrator Jane Ray. This title was the first in the Year 2 Reading Programme for this year and their winning entry showcased the…
7th November 2018

READING GLADIATORS™ ANNOUNCED AS BETT AWARD FINALIST

Just Imagine are thrilled to announce their reading programme Reading Gladiators™ has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Primary Content’ category at the 2019 BETT awards. The Bett Awards, est. 2013, are a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. Reading Gladiators™ brings together online interactivity…