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Exploring Children's Literature Summer School


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 our own lives as well as the lives of the young people we work with. The webinars will be presented by Nikki Gamble with expert 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 and 7 p.m (choose when booking). Recordings can be watched at any time after the live event. The first session is on the 21st July.

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?  
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?  

The sessions last for 1 hour. Participants will receive an up-to-date booklist of curated titles with suggestions for children 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 standalone, participants will have the best experience, if they have a copy of Exploring Children's Literature, which can be purchased at a discounted price when booking the summer school.

Student places are available at £40. Please enquire assistant@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

If you would like to add a book to your order - you can purchase one here