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News, opinions, interviews with educators and authors and practical advice for practising teachers and school librarians.

21st December 2023

Rhianna Pratchett and Gabrielle Kent

Rhianna Prachett and Gabrielle Kent on staying true to Terry Prachett in their anniversary celebration of Tiffany Aching

21st December 2023

Books to Share on Christmas Eve

A festive edition of our mini Book Blast programme

8th October 2023

Festivals and Celebrations

Books about festivals and celebrations open the world, but don't forget to ask what they mean to ourselves and others.

6th October 2023

Peter Brown

An interview with Peter Brown, author of The Wild Robot series

4th October 2023

We’ve Got This!

Rashmi Siredeshpande and Miranda McKearney discuss the development of empathy

2nd October 2023

Mariajo Illustrajo, Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize

Mariajo Illustrajo reflects on the steps that led to her being awarded the Klaus Flugge Prize.

2nd October 2023

Reading Gladiators 2023- 24

Find out about the books on this year's Reading Gladiators list

9th September 2023

Nicola Davies and Petr Horacek

Petr and Nicola invite us to a special preview of their stunning poetry collection

7th September 2023

Annelise Gray

Annelise talks about her thrilling Roman equestrian adventure

23rd July 2023

Being a Boy

8th June 2023

The Great School Libraries Campaign

Alison Tarrant and Mary-Rose Grieve introduce the Great School Libraries Campaign

5th June 2023

How to Read A Picture Book

Shelley Ann Jackson gives us some tips for reading picture books

3rd June 2023

Talking Graphic Novels

Jerry Crafy, Sylvie Kantorovitz and Thomas Flintham join Nikki Gamble to talk about graphic novels.

3rd June 2023

Graphic Novels for the Classroom

31st May 2023

Getting Your Library Ready

Getting the school library ship shape for the new academic year.

29th May 2023

Double Acts and Children’s Graphic Novels

A close look at the comedy double acts in children;s graphic novels

25th May 2023

Books to Read Aloud in Class

Just Imagine reviewers talk about some of their favourite books to read aloud to a class

21st May 2023

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.

19th May 2023

Ele Fountain interview

18th May 2023

Kate Wakeling and Eilidh Muldoon interview

Kate Wakeling talks to Nikki Gamble about her collection A Dinousaur at the Bus Stop

18th May 2023

Michael Rosen interview: first chapter fiction

Nikki Gamble interviews Michael Rosen about first chapter fiction,

15th May 2023

Garden Wildlife Week

Children's books which help educate the importance of garden birds, and how we can support our local environments and ecosystems.

11th May 2023

The Creative Process and Working Together

James Mayhew on what collaboration means to him and Roy share some thoughts on The Frog's Kiss.

26th April 2023

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.

26th April 2023

Poetry for Primary Schools

12th April 2023

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.

7th April 2023

Welcoming Spring into your Classrooms

Bring a bit more spring into the classroom with some poetry, painting, folklore and music.

25th March 2023

Annelise Gray – Circus Maximus

5th March 2023

I Spy, Bletchley Park

18th February 2023

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.