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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…

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…

Beside the Seaside

We're feeling summer is just around the corner, so our blogger Kate Hancock has picked her favourite seaside books for children aged 3 - 6. The seaside and seashore is a topic with great scope, whatever your location and the weather outside. There are lots of things for children to discuss and explore with 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…

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…

Celebrating Diversity with Alice Curry

(Transcript of a conversation between Alice Curry & Alison Hughes, for Just Imagine...) Could you give us an idea of your back ground & why you have an interest in children’s literature? I started off as an academic, did a PhD in Children’s literature & ended up lecturing in children’s literature in Australia! I then…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…