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Q&A With Sean Taylor

Q&A with Sean Taylor   Just Imagine: The snowy setting of your new book “The Snowbear” must be very alien to your children after life in Brazil. Is this book inspired by your own childhood memories? Sean Taylor: I wrote The Snowbear when we were living in Brazil. I remember it was a very hot afternoon…

Lauren Child – Children’s Laureate 2017

Just Imagine: Congratulations on becoming the latest Children’s Laureate! How have the first few months of your Laureateship been and what are your plans for your time in the post? Lauren Child: It has been a busy time but really interesting one. I am enjoying the chance to think about and discuss ideas, particularly the…

Q&A With “Team Illegal”: Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin & Giovanni Rigano

Eoin Colfer: Just Imagine: Your books range from to fiction to graphic novels and cover a wide range of age groups. Do you have a favourite genre &/or age group to write in/for or do you just enjoy the variety? Eoin Colfer: I enjoy writing in a variety of genres. It keeps the process interesting…

Q&A with Alexis Deacon

Just Imagine: What is your favourite thing to draw & why? Alexis Deacon: I like to draw all sorts of things but I do have some favourites. I love drawing rocks and trees because people have less of an idea what they should look like. You can just relax and enjoy making twiddly marks. I also love drawing crocodiles. They have…

Teaching Macbeth to Tom

‘We’re not reading that, are we? It looks so old-fashioned,’ says Tom as he returns to class after break time. ‘Just look at the cover- it’s not my type of book.’ Well, it seems some members of my inner city Year 5 class are not as keen to study the story of Macbeth as I had hoped.…

Breathe Fresh Life into Poetry

Poetry in the Classroom If you are reading this blog or newsletter, the chances are that you have an interest in literacy, reading and children’s books. It is very likely that you have some favourite poetry books in your special ‘teachers’ collection’ and that you share poems regularly with the children in your class. Your…

Fractured Fairy Tales: comparing versions of Red Riding Hood

We are often approached by schools for different versions of classic and favourite tales, often referred to as fractured fairy tales. It is great to look at retelling of well-known stories as part of a classroom topic as it helps children to think critically about text and pictures, which will then support their writing. Illustrator…

Q&A with Laura Knowles

Hello Laura, A few quick questions from Just Imagine… Just Imagine: You have a background in children’s publishing. Did it feel like a natural progression for you to become an author yourself? Laura Knowles: Yes, it did, and it happened without me really planning it. As a child, I always wanted to ‘make books’ even before I…

Steve Antony Talks to Just Imagine

  Just Imagine: We love your new character, Blip! How long has she been in the planning & can we expect lots more adventures from her in the future? Steve Antony: Thanks! To be honest, it doesn’t seem all that long ago when I was inspired to write UNPLUGGED. I remember it well. I was…

A quick chat with Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart

Just Imagine: You’ve just celebrated 13 years of collaboration on children’s books. Congratulations! Could you talk us a little bit through the process of how you work together? Pippa: I’m lucky enough to get to work with Nick on ideas for the pictures, and that’s not something that always happens with picture books.  Some publishers like…