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15th June 2018

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…
2nd June 2018

Ewa Jozefkowicz – The Mystery of the Colour Thief

The Mystery of The Colour Thief is a story that touches on grief, guilt, anger and sadness, but more than any of these things, it is a story of hope and new beginnings. I wrote it thinking that if it resonates with even one child who is currently going through a difficult time, then I…
19th May 2018

Jim Smith – Step-by-Step “How to Draw Bunky!”

  Jim Smith is the keelest kids’ book author in the whole wide world amen. He graduated from art school with first class honours (the best you can get) and went on to create the branding for a sweet little chain of coffee shops. He also designs cards and gifts under the name Waldo Pancake. Jim is…
12th May 2018

Cressida Cowell – The Wicked Young Writer’s Awards 2018

This interview was transcribed from a recorded conversation between Cressida Cowell & Just Imagine on 25th April 2018. JUST IMAGINE: What do you think makes these awards so special? CRESSIDA COWELL: Well, I love the fact that it’s an open competition and that children can write about anything at all. I think that there is…
27th April 2018

Diversity by Chitra Soundar

In India, thunderstorms are frequent and every time thunder struck during the monsoon season, my grandmother made us chant “Arjuna Arjuna” loudly. While as a Hindu we had an incantation for pretty much everything, as a rebellious teenager, I questioned it. I was given a scientific explanation for the chanting and that sowed the seeds…
18th March 2018

Allan Sanders – The Alphabet of Alphabets

The Alphabet of Alphabets was a great project to work on. When Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley first approached me with the idea I knew immediately that it would be lots of fun. Mandy and Mike have made some great books together so I jumped at the chance to work with them and Wide Eyed…
10th February 2018

World Book Day Ideas from the Just Imagine Team…

To help you make the most of World Book Day in your school, we've come up with a few different ideas that the children (& you!) might enjoy trying: Have a  "real" World Book Day Challenge the children to find & read books by authors from other countries (not the UK). Eg; Pippi Longstocking by…
2nd February 2018

Five Good Reasons for Reading Classic Texts by Bob Cox

Five Good Reasons for Reading Classic Texts By Bob Cox Flood the Mind with Magic Reading famous literature from the past floods the mind with a legacy of narratives, wonder and culture. It’s going to be a journey for life, like visiting a gallery of art which twists and winds its way on, taking many…
12th January 2018

Wicked Young Writers

By Pam Gough, Literacy Standards and Progression Manager at Leys Primary School Pupils at Leys Primary School, Dagenham, embrace our school motto of ‘resilience to achieve; aspiration to succeed’, in many, many ways on a regular basis but perhaps our united effort in participating in the 2017 Wicked Young Writers Competition tops the lot for…
23rd October 2017

Teaching Macbeth to Tom

‘We’re not reading that, are we? It looks so old-fashioned,’ says Tom as he returns to class after break time. ‘Just look at the cover- it’s not my type of book.’ Well, it seems some members of my inner city Year 5 class are not as keen to study the story of Macbeth as I had hoped.…