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28th February 2019

Q&A with Fleur Hitchcock

How do you begin to plot your books? Could you talk us through your writing process? I tend to know how it’s going to start, and have a rough idea of how it’s going to end.  Then I spend a lot of time with the characters on the back burner until I have them formed…
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…
4th January 2019

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…
10th November 2018

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…
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…
18th October 2018

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…
13th October 2018

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…
13th October 2018

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,…