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JAMES CARTER’S FIVE TOP POETRY TIPS

How do you teach poetry? I haven’t a clue! How do you do poetry? Well, that’s another matter…  ONE – There’s a lovely school just down the road from me, a big Primary school, with two classes per year group. Every single morning in every single class every single teacher READS THEIR CLASS A POEM.…

Crazy About Cats

Owen Davey talks to Just Imagine to share some behind the scenes facts...  From Sharks to Monkeys & now to Cats...was there any particular reason you chose cats as your theme this time around? I find cats fascinating. I was interested to find out about the wild cousins of our (semi) domesticated internet-hogging feline friends…

Francesca Sanna on Journey

How was your journey to Italy to the refugee camp? Can you tell us about the two little girls you mentioned on your book? I visited three refugee centres, two in Switzerland and one in Italy. While I was in these centres, I met very different people from very different countries. The two girls I…

Reading Gladiators Booking 2017 – 18

ASPIRATION   CHALLENGE  ENGAGEMENT  COLLABORATION Just Imagine’s Reading Gladiators™ challenges are annual school-based reading programmes designed to challenge and motivate the highest-attaining readers in the year 2, year 4 and year 6. FLIER AND BOOKING FORM Requirements of the  reading framework are now much more rigorous, requiring deeper engagement and response to texts. Reading Gladiators™ can…

Non-Fiction for the Classroom: webinar with Caroline Bradley

Top Tips from Amy McKay, School Librarian of the Year 2016

Just Imagine congratulates, Amy McKay on winning the School Librarian of the year Award 2016. Our Libraries Adviser, Caroline Bradley attended the ceremony and afterwards talked to Amy about her top tips for developing the school library. Read on to find out more about it. It is testament to the especially high quality of nominations…

Friendship Matters

For most human beings, friendships, whether transitory or long lasting, are hugely important and vital to well-being. The importance of friendship to children’s emotional health is well documented. Children who are isolated and have no friends, are at the highest risk of falling into depression in adolescence. Having one childhood friend (not necessarily a close…

Wicked Young Writers Awards

The Wicked Young Writer Awards are back! Just Imagine... is delighted to be a partner for this inspiring award, which  encourages excellence in writing and is open to all young people  aged between 5 and 25. About the Awards This is the seventh year of the awards, which were, created and sponsored by the award-winning…

Nicholas John Firth wins Klaus Flugge Prize

Nicholas John Frith has won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. He won for his book Hector and Hummingbird (Alison Green Books), about a spectacled bear and his noisy best friend. ‘The shortlist featured six skilful and talented illustrators but Hector and Hummingbird is…

The Longest Journey

On the Essex coast between the village of Chelmbury and the ancient Saxon oyster-fishing hamlet of Wickaeldroth, lies the Great Marsh . It is one of the last of the wild places of England, a low, far-reaching expanse of grass and reeds and half-submerged meadow. Thus begins Spike Milligan and Ed Welch’s haunting audio and…