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Chadwell Primary School

Valerie Bloom ‘Live on Screen’ in your school

Monday 4th October 2021


Valerie Bloom

Valerie Bloom is the prize-winning author of poetry for adults and children, plus picture books, pre-teen and teenage novels and stories for children. She has presented poetry programmes for the BBC, among others.

Valerie is a performance poet, originally from Jamaica, and writes poetry both in English and Jamaican patois. Many of her performances include a “crash course” in patois for audience members unfamiliar with the language.


We are pleased to work with Valerie Bloom to provide books with signed bookplates for fans enjoying the virtual class sessions organised by Chadwell Primary School.

Would you like a personalised bookplate?
Valerie is happy to write a personal dedication

Click on your chosen book then select “Chadwell Primary School” as the Event Sponsor from the drop down list.

Your school will be distributing the bookplates with your ordered books. Please fill in a Name and Class in the boxes before clicking ‘Add to basket’

Don’t forget to add your personal dedication in the “What Message” box

At Checkout, choose “Collect from your School” and Select “Chadwell Primary School” from the drop down list.

Click below to browse Valerie’s books.

The closing date for orders is 11th October.

Please be aware that many authors are very busy and it may be several days after the event before the dedicated bookplates and books arrive at the school for distribution.

“If we don't learn to love books, we don't read. And if we don't read widely, we don't think deeply.” Michael Rosen


“Our new research, published today*, shows that the more books a child owns, the more likely they are to do well at school and be happy with their lives.

“Based on a survey of 44,097 children aged 8-18 in the UK, our Book ownership, literacy engagement and mental wellbeing report found that:

  • Children who have 60 or more books at home are 5.5 times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than their peers who have fewer than 10 books
  • Children who read above the level expected for their age have twice as many books as those who read below the expected level
  • Children who have a book of their own at home have higher levels of mental wellbeing than those who don’t have any books

“However, children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are at risk of missing out on the educational and health benefits of book ownership:

  • 1 in 8 disadvantaged children in the UK don’t own a single book, compared to 1 in 11 children nationally
  • Of children who own books, those from disadvantaged backgrounds have 25% fewer books on average than their more affluent peers”

*Owning books boosts children’s literacy and mental wellbeing –  National Literacy Trust – 07 Dec 2018

I travelled once around the world

On stars with flaming tails,

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When de July sun hot like fire,

Den I have jus’ one desire,

Click to Buy

How much fruit do you think one small girl can manage to eat?

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Joy has spent her life in Jamaica

But London in December is a shock

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What Our Customers Say

I just wanted to say thank you for bringing the Roving Bookshop to St Greg’s yesterday. It was lovely to meet you – you were so friendly and helpful, and having real, live actual books in the hall for the children to buy really added to the excitement and impact of the day. There was no fuss or stress for our staff either as everything was taken care of – win-win!
We’re looking forward to welcoming you back in September and seeing the whole Bookshop in all of its glory!

Daniel Woodrow

Headteacher, St Gregory CEVC

Thanks many times to


who attend my bookings all over the country with a huge display of nearly all my titles so at a conference people buy both my children’s and adult books: Bear Hunt, Zola,Uncle Gobb, Good Ideas etc etc

Michael Rosen

Poet and performer who needs no introduction

Thank you to


for providing the most wonderful start to our book week and to


for making it possible for every child in the school to use their world book day


Hallsville Primary

Thank you all for such a wonderful day at the book fair. The children loved coming to peruse the books and, thanks to your generosity, we raised lots of money to buy new books for the school. Hope the children are enjoying their new purchases.
Thank you

Warren Road Primary


Thanks for your sterling work flogging my books at Rushey Mead Academy today.

Very much appreciated.

Dave Shelton


Thank you to @RovingBookshop

for putting on a wonderful spread today! The children at


loved buying their books and the buzz around school was fantastic-some were even reading them in the line at the end of the day! #RFP

Emily Crumbleholme

Assistant Principal: (Evidence Lead in Education and Specialist Leader of Education Literacy), Peover Superior Endowed Primary School

We had the


in school today. I know it’s not a library visit, but the engagement from children and parents alike was incredible. A must have for parents evenings especially.

Mr Mclugash

Assistant Headteacher, Rothley C of E Primary Academy

If you need a bookshop for a conference, or in school, then contact Rob @robmcaulay

and the wonderful Roving Bookshop.


Pie Corbett

Creator the Talk for Writing approach

      The amazing Roving Book Shop here today at #TTTaT Cornwall.

   The best book shop in town!

                       Can you spot Rob?                       MariaInfinityLiteracy

Maria Richards

freelance Education Consultant, In-Finity Literacy

I just wanted to thank you for making our Roving Bookshop today a huge success.

From the initial set up this morning by Mike Eastwood, and then throughout the day we, on behalf of all the staff here at Wingrave C of E School, just wanted to say a huge thank you. Mike was truly wonderful with all the children and staff and did such a great job. Thank you Mike.

It was such a wonderful day for the children and the BEST bookshop which we have ever had at our school. The children were excited to be-able to buy a book and take it home in their little gift bags. We were so impressed with the whole organisation of the Bookshop and will definitely be booking another date for this amazing shop for the children and we’ll highly be recommending the Roving Bookshop to other colleagues and schools.

Many thanks again for bringing a real buzz to Wingrave.

Mrs Beth Brown

Deputy Headteacher, Wingrave C of E School,

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed having Mike here yesterday with your fantastic selection of books. Praise from everyone – children, parents and teachers.

I will be in contact after half term to hopefully book a date for the summer term and for next academic year.

Thank you

Karina Thompson

Greenleaf Primary

It was absolutely brilliant and totally surpassed my expectations. The kids loved it, parents enjoyed the choice and teachers were amazed at the quality of the texts. I genuinely feel that today a love of reading was sparked.

Your sales person Mike was also excellent: he was enthusiastic and knowledgable and had some great reccomendations. I could go on and on with this complimentary tone…a big thanks.

We have booked for next year and will see you then. Until then, keep up the great work.

Dave Bowden

Headteacher, Lyncrest Primary
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