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News, opinions, interviews with educators and authors and practical advice for practising teachers and school librarians.
Festivals and Celebrations
Books about festivals and celebrations open the world, but don't forget to ask what they mean to ourselves and others.
An interview with Peter Brown, author of The Wild Robot series
We’ve Got This!
Rashmi Siredeshpande and Miranda McKearney discuss the development of empathy
Mariajo Illustrajo, Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize
Mariajo Illustrajo reflects on the steps that led to her being awarded the Klaus Flugge Prize.
Reading Gladiators 2023- 24
Find out about the books on this year's Reading Gladiators list
Nicola Davies and Petr Horacek
Petr and Nicola invite us to a special preview of their stunning poetry collection
Annelise talks about her thrilling Roman equestrian adventure
Being a Boy
The Great School Libraries Campaign
Alison Tarrant and Mary-Rose Grieve introduce the Great School Libraries Campaign
How to Read A Picture Book
Shelley Ann Jackson gives us some tips for reading picture books
Talking Graphic Novels
Jerry Crafy, Sylvie Kantorovitz and Thomas Flintham join Nikki Gamble to talk about graphic novels.
Graphic Novels for the Classroom
Getting Your Library Ready
Getting the school library ship shape for the new academic year.
Double Acts and Children’s Graphic Novels
A close look at the comedy double acts in children;s graphic novels
Books to Read Aloud in Class
Just Imagine reviewers talk about some of their favourite books to read aloud to a class
Choosing Books to Read Aloud
Storytime with a read-aloud is the part of the day which can be the most enjoyable, most memorable, most accessible, and arguably, the most beneficial too.
Ele Fountain interview
Kate Wakeling and Eilidh Muldoon interview
Kate Wakeling talks to Nikki Gamble about her collection A Dinousaur at the Bus Stop
Book Blast: April 2023
Nikki Gamble shares her favourite books published in April 2023
Michael Rosen interview: first chapter fiction
Nikki Gamble interviews Michael Rosen about first chapter fiction,
Garden Wildlife Week
Children's books which help educate the importance of garden birds, and how we can support our local environments and ecosystems.
The Creative Process and Working Together
James Mayhew on what collaboration means to him and Roy share some thoughts on The Frog's Kiss.
Words and Art in Picturebook Poetry
Illustrating verse isn't about telling readers what to think about a poem. It's about teaching them how to think about poetry.
Poetry for Primary Schools
Food and Farming in Children’s Books
When teaching, the question 'where does our food come from?' can be a complex, divisive and sensitive issue, which requires carefully considered honesty.
Welcoming Spring into your Classrooms
Bring a bit more spring into the classroom with some poetry, painting, folklore and music.
Annelise Gray – Circus Maximus
I Spy, Bletchley Park
Keeping Girls Doing Sport
With girls' interest in sports dropping after primary school, can books help keep a passion alive, or fuel another in face of outside pressure and socially constructed expectations.
Rivers and Activism in the Classroom
Rivers and activism in the classroom doesn't have to be a one-off. You keep at it. Not just until change happens, but to make sure it stays that way too.