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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.…
23rd October 2017

Breathe Fresh Life into Poetry

Poetry in the Classroom If you are reading this blog or newsletter, the chances are that you have an interest in literacy, reading and children’s books. It is very likely that you have some favourite poetry books in your special ‘teachers’ collection’ and that you share poems regularly with the children in your class. Your…
23rd October 2017

Fractured Fairy Tales: comparing versions of Red Riding Hood

We are often approached by schools for different versions of classic and favourite tales, often referred to as fractured fairy tales. It is great to look at retelling of well-known stories as part of a classroom topic as it helps children to think critically about text and pictures, which will then support their writing. Illustrator…
27th September 2017

Just Imagine talks about….Cats

It was hard to narrow it down, but the Just Imagine team have selected some of our favourite cat books to share with you: Sam Keeley's Choice: I love cats (I have two of my own) and I love reading stories featuring our feline friends with my children. We can't help but chuckle when we…
17th September 2017

Cressida Cowell – “The Wizards of Once”

Once there was Magic.... ... and so begins the first chapter of the eagerly awaited new book by one of the UK's favourite author-illustrators, Cressida Cowell. Already many years in the planning, the book began life with a map Cressida drew, inspired by memories of the ancient landscapes which she used to explore as a…
2nd September 2017

Just Imagine Website

Since setting up our original book supply website many years ago, Just Imagine has spread our wings far & wide in the services offered to our customers. With this in mind, a new umbrella website has been created to showcase all elements of the business. Everything 'Just Imagine' can now be found in one place at www.justimagine.co.uk…