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Exploring Children’s Literature: Online Summer School (6 sessions)

21st July 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, £60



If you would like to be one of the first to receive details about the 2021 summer school, please email nikki@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Exploring Children’s Literature, now in its 4th edition, is a text to support teachers, student teachers, librarians…. in fact, anyone with a professional interest in children’s books… to develop their knowledge of children’s books, reading, thinking and learning.

This webinar series has been devised to extend ideas introduced in the book, to provide space for discussion and dialogue, and to consider how knowledge and understanding of children’s books can enrich the lives of everyone who reads them. The webinars will be presented by Nikki Gamble with special guests to give us new insights.

Each session looks at a genre or issue and presents a central provocation to generate discussion. Sessions are designed to extend subject knowledge and criticality, but also consider the implications for teaching, reader development and how the issues relate to young people’s lives.

Weekly live sessions are on Tuesdays at 11. am or 7 p.m (we will email to ask your choice when we receive your booking). Recordings can be watched at any time after the live event. The first session is on the 21st July.

You will also be invited to participate in a summer school discussion forum where the issues raised can be further discussed with participants sharing similar interests.

Topics covered in this summer school are:

21st July Children’s books and wellbeing Can reading really heal our children? Guest Joanne Bowers, Associate Dean, Partnerships, School of Education and Social Policy.
28th July Challenging subjects and taboos Where should the boundaries lie in children’s books? Guest James Clements, Independent consultant and founder of Shakespeare and More
4th August Rewriting Fairy Tales Do revisions destroy their metaphorical power? Guest Alastair Daniel, Principal Lecturer Early Years and Primary Education, University of Roehampton
11th August Poetry Can you live without it? Guest Jonny Walker, Otherwise Education
18th August Humour Is it serious or funny? Guest Mary Anne Wolpert formerly Cambridge Faculty of Education
25th August A ‘Golden-Age of Nonfiction Time for more criticality? Guest Christopher Lloyd, publisher What on Earth Books?

The sessions last for 1 hour. Participants will receive an up-to-date booklist of curated titles with suggestions for children of all ages.

In the event that you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will be sent a recording 24 hours after the session.

The webinars also provide an opportunity to highlight some of the great new books that have been published since Exploring Children’s Literature (4th edit.) was published in 2019.

Although the webinars stand-alone, participants will have the best experience, if they have a copy of Exploring Children’s Literature.

Introductory price £60 for the summer school.

Student price £40 on application to assistant@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk Please e-mail us using your university email or proof of student status. We will then send a discount code so the £20 is deducted from your order at the checkout.

On receipt of payment, we will email to ask if you would prefer the 11.00 a.m. sessions or the 7.00 p.m. sessions.

Access codes for the sessions will be sent to you a week before the summer school starts with a suggested reading list for each of the sessions (not too onerous). The reading isn’t compulsory but we know many of you would like to make the most of the opportunity.


21st July 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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