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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…
28th October 2018

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…
13th October 2018

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…
13th October 2018

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,…
27th June 2018

Reading Gladiators™ : Group Funding Options

Reading Gladiators™ groups can be funded in several different ways.  Ideally the fee is covered by the school budget, whether that be monies allocated to developing Literacy, English, the Library stock or Gifted and Talented, (those working above the expected level). Ultimately you are purchasing good quality books for your whole school book stock. It…
23rd June 2018

CLiPPA Awards 2018

By Just Imagine's Library Adviser, Caroline Bradley. What a privilege to witness the CLiPPA awards this year in the Olivier Theatre at the National. Self proclaimed bookworm and literary legend, Grace Nichols opened the proceedings with her beautiful poem 'Bookheart', celebrating a well thumbed read. From almost 200 video entries submitted from schools across the…