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Cressida Cowell – “The Wizards of Once”

Once there was Magic.... ... and so begins the first chapter of the eagerly awaited new book by one of the UK's favourite author-illustrators, Cressida Cowell. Already many years in the planning, the book began life with a map Cressida drew, inspired by memories of the ancient landscapes which she used to explore as a…

Book Review – Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll When selecting books for Reading for Pleasure in its widest sense, and by that I am referring to fulfilment as well as enjoyment, you need look no further than the delightful writing of Emma Carroll. You may be familiar with the award winning Frost Hollow Hall or the more…

Just Imagine Website

Since setting up our original book supply website many years ago, Just Imagine has spread our wings far & wide in the services offered to our customers. With this in mind, a new umbrella website has been created to showcase all elements of the business. Everything 'Just Imagine' can now be found in one place at www.justimagine.co.uk…

Q&A with Shane Hegarty

On what was publication day of his fourth instalment in his Darkmouth series, Just Imagine were lucky enough to once again take Irish author Shane Hegarty out to visit schools in Essex. Following an exciting day of library-opening & children-rousing, we pinned him down for a quick "Q&A" on those questions everyone wants answers to...…

Beautiful Books: Banded and Ready to Read

By Dawn Morris: Education Consultant for Just Imagine For many years schools have sought ways to band Key Stage One books for progression and appropriate challenge. Many schemes support schools in doing this by providing pre-banded books. At Just Imagine, we want to offer schools the highest quality books in a banded form that is…

What’s Your Story? By Sylvia Crowder

What’s your story?   Using a Book Bench project to facilitate creative approaches to reading for enjoyment. By Sylvia Crowder Senior Lecturer in Primary English, Edge Hill University   Like many of us my heart skipped a little when I saw that Reading for Pleasure appeared in the ‘new’ National Curriculum however I could see…

Our Class Loves This Book: The John Downing Award

For the second year running, Just Imagine were delighted to sponsor the Our Class Loves This Book: The John Downing Award. Vicky Edge-Baron, from Just Imagine, presented the award at the UKLA International Conference in Glasgow on 1st July 2017. Reporting on their decision-making, the UKLA panel said they had found it impossible to decide between the final…

“Guiding Reading – Layers of Meaning” Wins 2017 UKLA Academic Book Award

Co-authors Wayne Tennant, David Reedy, Angela Hobsbaum and Just Imagine’s Nikki Gamble received the award at a Champagne reception and Gala dinner at the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, in the West End of Glasgow on Saturday 2nd July, during the UKLA’s Annual Conference. Panel chair, Guy Merchant wrote: “The committee was impressed by…

Shirley Hughes at 90

Shirley Hughes will shortly be celebrating her 90th birthday. It's hard to believe because her creative output shows no signs of slowing down. As part of our special edition newsletter to celebrate Shirley Hughes, we wanted to include some thoughts and messages from people who have fond memories of Shirley's books and work, either professional or childhood…

William Grill and The Wolves of Currumpaw

Can you say something about your background and any other experiences that have fed into your work? I grew up in a rural part of Hampshire, so spent a good deal of time outdoors making dens and the like, I think that’s why I’m now so interested in stories that take place in wild places.…