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The Reading Journey is Just Imagine’s resource for supporting Reading for Pleasure in the junior years.

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In a nutshell…

  • Focussed approach to developing reading for pleasure
  • Develops teachers’ book knowledge and saves time
  • At a glance overview of children’s reading histories and preferences
  • Customisable reporting for different groups of children
  • Encourage and reward positive reading behaviours
  • Free app for children to browse over 200 books in each phase
  • App for iPad, Chromebook and other Android tablets
  • Can be used at school and at home with a personalised virtual bookshelf
  • Online Reading Journal for children to record their responses
  • Meaningful challenges to complete after reading
  • Curated book collection selected by Nikki Gamble and the Just Imagine team
  • Subscription packages or bespoke service available

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The Books

Create a book buzz in school with Just Imagine’s Reading Journey. Our book collections and accompanying resources are designed to create engaged, independent readers who love reading, enjoy discovering new books and sharing their enthusiasms.

  • A collection of curated books for replenishing reading areas and school libraries.
  • Discounted prices on all book packs (applied to web prices).
  • Easy purchasing options to suit a range of budgets.
  • New books introduced on a termly basis to keep your collections fresh and exciting.
  • Supported by a free app

Our app, which is free for schools, allows children to discover exciting new books from a specially curated collection designed to appeal to a wide range of interests.

Children visit the world of The Reading Journey to discover thrilling adventure in the Pagoda of Peril, mind blowing nonfiction in the Curiosity Caves, and powerful poetry in the Volcano of Verses.

The App

  • A FREE app for schools.
  • For best impact use the app with the curated book collections.
  • Children can browse collections and read samples online.
  • A personalised bookshelf with the books children have read provides an ‘at a glance’ reading history.
  • Teachers can create their own bookshelves too and share their reading with children.
  • Built-in challenges and rewards for the books read.
  • Built-in multi-modal reading journal to record responses to books.
  • Teacher – pupil messaging to set challenges and make recommendations.
  • Author of the month, to generate interest in new books.
  • Teacher dashboard to show a picture of individual and class reading preferences and history.
  • Individualised challenges set by teachers to promote positive reading behaviours such as adventurous reading.

The Support

  • Half termly newsletter for schools signed up to the app.
  • Ideas to support reading for pleasure.
  • Author and book news.
  • Opportunities for your class to feature in the app.
  • And of course lots of lovely competitions and giveaways.

Looking forward

  • There’s much more to come!
  • Kindle Fire, Chromebook and other Android devices supported soon.
  • Website with additional resources for reading corners and library displays.
  • Further app developments.

Just Imagine Training

Developing a Culture of Reading

If you want to develop a reading school and are seeking inspiration and research informed practices to boost reading for pleasure and wider reading in your school, then our Developing a Culture of Reading course could be exactly what you are looking for.

This participative course draws on the many rich examples from our 30 years of experience, working alongisde teachers in UK classroms  and internationally.

This day course is available for schools conferences and other organisations to book. You may also find that we have a course running at one of Just Imagine’s regional hubs near you.

What the training involves:

  • Outline of the impact of reading for pleasure on children’s reading and attainment.
  • Reading for pleasure pedagogic approaches.
  • Using The Reading Journey resources (optional).
  • Managing book talk.
  • Developing positive reading behaviours.
  • Different kinds of book clubs for different purposes.
  • Reading environments – beyond fairy lights and scatter cushions.
  • Involving parents and carers.
  • Copy of Nikki Gamble Exploring Childrens Literature (4th Edition) for each participant.