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Reading Gladiators™ finalist for Teach Primary Resources Award!

We are delighted that Just Imagine's Reading Gladiators is a finalist for this award in the Literacy/English category. The winners will be announced at the end of the Summer break - watch this space! In the mean time you can read about the award here For further information about our Reading Gladiators programme for children…

Q&A with Lou Carter & Nikki Dyson

Lou Carter and Nikki Dyson are the author and illustrator of the newly published title Oscar the Hungry Unicorn (Hachette). They have also previously collaborated on the popular title Pirate Stew. Lou's other titles include There is No Dragon in This Story.  LOU CARTER - AUTHOR We gather that writing wasn’t your first choice of career……

Q&A with Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

Tracey: What is your favourite thing about being an author? I love the way that you can create something out of nothing at all. When you write you see a character come to life before your very eyes. You get to know them; what they like, what they find challenging, then you set them on…

Q&A with Mitch Johnson

Just Imagine: Congratulations on winning the 2018 Branford Boase Award for your debut novel “Kick”. After working in the book industry yourself & seeing so many other stories being published, did you ever give up hope that your own book would make it onto the shelves Mitch Johnson: Working as a bookseller certainly makes you…

Q&A with Pamela Butchart

Hi Pamela,   How did the opportunity to write the new ‘Secret Seven’ novels come about & how excited were you to do this? Alex Antscherl (Editorial Director of Enid Blyton Entertainment at Hachette) read my Izzy series of books and got in touch to say she’s like me to write a new Secret Seven…

Q&A with Catherine Doyle

Just Imagine: Although you initially studied Psychology at University, did you always know you wanted to be an author? Catherine Doyle: Even as a child, I loved reading and writing stories, but it took me a long time to gain the confidence to sit down and write a full length novel of my own. I think my…

Book Review: The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

Reviewed by Laura Lovelock   This fantasy novel tells the tale of a magical island and those chosen to protect it.   Set on the island of Arranmore, off of the west coast of Ireland, and inspired by the true story of the rescue of the SS Stolwijk in 1940, this book follows Fionn, an…

Q&A with Onjali Q. Raúf

Just Imagine: This is your first children’s novel. What inspired you to write this now? Onjali Q. Raúf: I’ve been travelling out to the refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk for the past 3 years with the aim of trying to help the women and children stuck there with emergency aid: but the thought of writing…

Reading Gladiators™ : Group Funding Options

Reading Gladiators™ groups can be funded in several different ways.  Ideally the fee is covered by the school budget, whether that be monies allocated to developing Literacy, English, the Library stock or Gifted and Talented, (those working above the expected level). Ultimately you are purchasing good quality books for your whole school book stock. It…

CLiPPA Awards 2018

By Just Imagine's Library Adviser, Caroline Bradley. What a privilege to witness the CLiPPA awards this year in the Olivier Theatre at the National. Self proclaimed bookworm and literary legend, Grace Nichols opened the proceedings with her beautiful poem 'Bookheart', celebrating a well thumbed read. From almost 200 video entries submitted from schools across the…

Q&A with Kita Mitchell

Where did the inspiration for Grandma Dangerous come from and did you plan all three books from the beginning? While I’d like to make it clear that most of my characters have no resemblance to people I know - living, dead, or teaching at my daughter’s school - the inspiration for Grandma Dangerous definitely came…