Welcome to the

Children's Book Festival - June 26th and 27th 2021

hosted by Independent Thinking 


Post lockdown, it is even more vital to help children develop their reading skills – and that all-important love of reading.

The Roving Bookshop is pleased to work with many of the Festival Authors to provide books with personalised dedications.

It's so easy

Click below to browse the books.

Click on your chosen book then select Book Festival as the event sponsor from the drop down list.

Type in the dedication in the box before clicking ‘Add to basket’

There is Free Shipping on all orders over £15.00.

Some authors are despatching their books directly to you. Other books are despatched by Roving Books. So,  you may receive multiple deliveries on different dates.


Please note the event closing date. Dedications are accumulated up to this date before sending in a block for signing.

Authors are often very busy and will try to be prompt but this does need to fit round their other commitments.

Please be assured that your books will be despatched to you as soon as we have the personalised dedications.

What is the Roving Bookshop?

A book event like no other – we can bring the Roving Bookshop into schools  anywhere the country – from Kent to Tyneside, Lancashire to Cornwall and everywhere in between – spreading the Reading For Pleasure message.

It’s a real bookshop of around 3000 titles, with fiction ranging from board and picture books, to graphic and challenging novels, plus poetry. The extended bookshop has even more, 5000+ titles, with non-fiction books

All the books individually selected for their quality to give a rich browsing, experience, with  never toys, gimmicks or other merchandise.

For educationalists, we can support your inset training, conferences or motivational events with a customised on-site bookshop – introducing your attendees to a superbly curated book collection and, of course, your featured texts.

Access to books has never been more important.

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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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