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Why I Love Fairy Tales and My Top Tips for Writing Your Own by Sophie Anderson

I love fairy tales for their ability to be read on different levels. They can be enjoyed as short, fun stories full of wonder and enchantment, or readers can find deeper meanings about the nature of the world, life, and what it means to be human. I love the fact fairy tales provide a safe…

Book Review: ‘Tin’ by Pádraig Kenny

TIN by Pádraig Kenny Reviewed by Lucy Timmons, Co Executive Head Teacher at Linton Mead Primary School   ‘Tin’ definitely gets under your skin... well if you’re a ‘proper’ sentient human. It’s a brilliant arrangement, through which children and teachers can really question what it means to be human. Contrasting worlds collide throughout: ornate historical and modern…

Q&A With Christopher Edge

JUST IMAGINE: Your recent novels have tackled some fairly big scientific ideas. Have you always had an interest in science & what made you want to include these theories as a basis for your stories? CHRISTOPHER EDGE: Can I tell you a secret? I only got a grade D in my GCSE Physics exam! My only…

Allan Sanders – The Alphabet of Alphabets

The Alphabet of Alphabets was a great project to work on. When Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley first approached me with the idea I knew immediately that it would be lots of fun. Mandy and Mike have made some great books together so I jumped at the chance to work with them and Wide Eyed…

50 Ways to Feel Happy by Vanessa King

50 Ways to Feel Happy   What made you decide to write a book for children? The publisher approached me! It’s based on the 10 Keys to Happier Living I’d developed in 2011 when we launched the social movement Action for Happiness. We wanted to have an easy way to communicate the areas in which…

Sir Michael Murpurgo – Q&A

Congratulations on your recent knighthood. JUST IMAGINE: How do you begin your planning for each new book? Are you able to write anywhere or do you always prefer to be in your tea-house at home? SIR MICHAEL MURPURGO: I spend time dreaming up my story and working out who my characters are and how they…

Book Review: Zinnia and the Bees by Danielle Davis

Zinnia and the Bees - Danielle Davis Reviewed by Jonny Walker, Assistant Head at Park Primary School, Stratford   This is a charming and peculiar story that celebrates the imperfections of family life, redemptive friendships and the pleasures of being an outsider. The tale follows Zinnia through a long and eventful summer, in which her…

Q&A with Sue Durrant

Hello Sue, JUST IMAGINE: Little Bits of Sky was your debut novel; were you surprised by the success of this? SUE DURRANT: I was very surprised. I thought it was probably too quiet a book so when Nosy Crow were so enthusiastic about it I was astonished.  Every reader who has enjoyed it since has been…

Q&A with Chris Higgins

JUST IMAGINE: You used to be a teacher. How & when did you make the transition to full time writing CHRIS HIGGINS: I was a full-time secondary school English teacher and had four children of my own so, though I loved writing, I never had the time to sit down and write a book. Instead…

World Book Day Ideas from the Just Imagine Team…

To help you make the most of World Book Day 2018, we've come up with a few different ideas that the children (& you!) might enjoy trying this year:   Have a  "real" World Book Day Challenge the children to find & read books by authors from other countries (not the UK). Eg; Pippi Longstocking by…