What Does a Publisher Do? A Children's Guide to Publishing (Part Two)

What Does a Publisher Do? A Children's Guide to Publishing (Part Two)

In our last blog we spoke about the relevance of libraries. While we delved into why libraries are still relevant today, we didn't answer the question of "Where do libraries get their books?" So, how does a book enter the public domain (in other words, get into our hands)? Getting an idea from an author’s imagination into the hands of the reader requires careful curating and a host of people are involved, but one of the most vital roles is that of the Publisher.  
September 15, 2023 — Ted Harris
Are libraries still relevant in the modern age?

Are Libraries Still Relevant? Um.... Yes! But Why?

Libraries have been with us since man first began writing. But has the digital revolution made them a thing of the past? After all, so much is available online. Have libraries become too ‘old school’ requiring far more effort than just plugging into a search engine?
June 13, 2023 — Ted Harris
How is Paper Made? A Children's Guide to Publishing (Part One)

How is Paper Made? A Children's Guide to Publishing (Part One)

There is something magical about paper, but it is something we take for granted. Present in so many forms, from rigid cardboard to toilet paper, it is an integral part of our lives. But what do we know about it? How is paper made? And what makes it so special, especially for those of us who love books. 
May 30, 2023 — Ted Harris
Why We Support Local Businesses: Keeping South African Books Lekker

Why We Support Local Businesses: Keeping South African Books Lekker

There's not much more to it, other than this thought, "How can we expect our readership to buy local books, if we don't choose local first?" We choose to lead the way. 
Kingsmead Book Fair's Young Writers’ Competition 2023

Kingsmead Book Fair's Young Writers’ Competition 2023

Kingsmead College, a leading girls’ school in Johannesburg, is proud to announce that entries are open for the second KBF Young Writers’ Competition.  Celebrating the talents of young writers across our country, the competition is open to children aged 6 – 18. 
The Science Behind Bedtime Stories for Kids

The Science Behind Bedtime Stories for Kids

Once upon a time... Those four words hold so much promise for young ears. A time for them to leave behind reality and allow their imaginations to take them to fantastic places, in the safe company of a parent or parents. How many of us remember, with fondness, these words?
September 23, 2022 — Ted Harris
Why Do Kids Love Dinosaurs? (Plus Our Fave Five Dinos)

Why Do Kids Love Dinosaurs? (Plus Our Favourite Dinos)

Big and scary! That's probably the first thing that kids think of when dinosaurs are mentioned. This begs the question, why are kids so fascinated by dinosaurs? There have been some learned opinions given as to why children find dinosaurs so intriguing*, and we dug into the evidence to come up with the most likely four reasons that kids love them. 
July 04, 2022 — Ted Harris
What is didactic writing for children

What is Didactic Writing and When to Avoid It?

Our focus at Imagnary House is on the kinds of stories that children and young adults enjoy. More so than older audiences, children are very quick to pick up when they are being preached to. That's why we would like books to put the story front and centre, to facilitate the development of imagination. 
June 08, 2022 — Ted Harris
Book Printing Near You: Discover the Printing Process

Book Printing Near You: Discover the Printing Process

How are books printed? Is there more than one way to print a book? You're probably asking yourself: Is printing books near me a possibility? Navigate this minefield with us and get assistance with book printing in South Africa through Imagnary House. But first, let's understand the printing process.
May 18, 2022 — Ted Harris
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Kingsmead Book Fair's Young Writers’ Competition 2022

Kingsmead Book Fair's Young Writers’ Competition 2022

Kingsmead Book Fair launches Young Writers’ Competition - open to all school children in South Africa. Kingsmead College, a leading girls’ school in Johannesburg, is proud to launch the inaugural KBF Young Writers’ Competition.  Celebrating the talents of young writers across our country, the competition is open to school children aged 6 – 18. 

April 12, 2022 — Brad Harris
The Comic Conundrum: Are Comic Books Good for Kids?

The Comic Conundrum: Are Comic Books Good for Kids?

Comic books, in the form we know them, are relatively new, first making their appearance in the 1930’s, having developed from comic strips in newspapers. In current times, comic books are becoming more accepted as a form of literature as well as a teaching tool, despite nagging naysayers. 
March 31, 2022 — Ted Harris
Wardle’s Wordle: From the Sator Square to the Mobile Phone

Wardle’s Wordle: From the Sator Square to the Mobile Phone

A love of word games inspired the romance we know as Wordle. Josh Wardle, Wordle’s creator, accidently delivered a commercial success and The New York Times has dug deep to join the ranks of Scrabble and Bananagrams.

February 25, 2022 — Ted Harris