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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…

Q&A with Laura Wood

We’re big fans of your “Poppy Pym” series, so it was lovely to meet another strong female character in Effie Kostas. Can you tell us what inspired you to write Effie’s story? Thank you! There were lots of things that inspired Effie’s story – it’s really so much of its moment. I was meeting lots…

Q&A With Catherine Rayner

Hello Catherine, You studied Art at Edinburgh College of Art, but did you always know that you wanted to illustrate children’s books? I have always loved all kinds of books - from children’s picture books to atlases! There is something about a whole world of information being held but two covers that excites and fascinates…

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…

Just Imagine Blog: Join the Club

Join the Club Thinking of setting up a book group? This month, we are sharing some of our top tips to get you started. Joining a book group is a natural thing to do as a keen adult reader. They give you the opportunity to discuss your reading with other book lovers. They give a…

Q&A with Christopher Lloyd

We love the fold out concept of the “What on Earth?" books. Can you tell us a little about how this came about? Well, after writing my first world history book What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury, 2008) I found myself giving a lot of lectures in schools. The book, which ran to 180,000 words, wasn’t…

Just Imagine Blog: Libraries & Displays

As Libraries Week 2018 draws to a close, I hope you have had time to reflect on what your Library says about your school. Does it reflect the school’s core values and does it invite children to really make the most of the resources it houses? Effective display is the quickest and easiest method of…

Interview with Emma Suffield, SLA Librarian of the Year 2018

Although her official title is Learning Resources Centre Manager, Emma Suffield is seen more as a member of the family by many of the 1400 students at Saint Wilfrid’s C of E Academy in a diverse area of Blackburn, thanks to her personalised, thoughtful and supportive approach to engaging all readers across the school. Innovative,…

Q&A with Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow is your first title aimed at a younger readership. What made you decide to write for this age group? I have actually written for this age group before, but certainly my more recent books have been Young Adult. It was a great delight to return to a younger readership, and have fun with…

Q&A with Lou Carter & Nikki Dyson

Lou Carter and Nikki Dyson are the author and illustrator of the newly published title Oscar the Hungry Unicorn (Hachette). They have also previously collaborated on the popular title Pirate Stew. Lou's other titles include There is No Dragon in This Story.  LOU CARTER - AUTHOR We gather that writing wasn’t your first choice of career……