Exploring Children’s Literature is now in its 4th edition. This introduction to children’s literature explores the rich and varied world of children’s literature and how it can be used in teaching to promote reading for pleasure and create lifelong readers. 

The fourth edition has been completely updated to include: – 5 brand new chapters covering Knowledge & skills, Classics, Illustrated fiction & graphic novels, Non-fiction, and Humour – New expert voice features providing commentaries from educators, literary experts and authors – Up to date book lists featuring recent and more diverse literature and authors – New practical activities and case studies showcasing children’s books and how to use them in the classroom-

About the Author

Nikki has 40 years of experience in education as a teacher and teacher educator, providing literacy training and resources for schools, colleges and universities. Nikki has worked extensively in schools across the UK and internationally. She is the author of Exploring Children’s Literature (4th edit) (2019) and co-author of Guiding Readers (2016) and Poetry by Heart. Nikki is a KS2 reading advisor and series consultant for Oxford University Press and content creator for the Oxford School Improvement and Oxford Owl websites. 

As well as overseeing the development of Just Imagine’s programmes and resources, Nikki has a portfolio of literature based activity including:

Workshops and Courses

A series of workshops on different aspects of children’s books and reading that are open to anyone interested in children’s books and reading

Best Books for Schools

A monthly online presentation highlighting some of the best new books. An occasional series of special presentations on specific themes or genres.

An Audience With…

A hosted conversation series with outstanding children’s writers and illustrators. Recent guests include David Almond, David Wiesner, Chris Van Allsburg, Paul Jennings, Hilary McKay, Michelle Paver, Sita Brahmachari, Alex Wheatle, Patience Agbabi and Yaba Badoe.