Valerie Bloom

writer and performance poet

Book Week bookings!

Just a reminder to get in touch sooner rather than later if you’d like me to visit your school this March. Every year I have to disappoint people wanting a session to celebrate Book Week, since the week, and March in general, always fill up very quickly. I already have several visits lined up, so please don’t leave it too late!

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50 Best

From handbags to kitchen appliances our family has taken great pleasure in perusing the Guardian’s “50 Best” feature over the years. So I was delighted to discover not only that their latest edition looks at such an important topic as culturally diverse children’s literature, but to see one of my own books make it into the list!

The Guardian’s Diverse Voices: the 50 best culturally diverse children’s books looks at the best children’s and teenagers’ books celebrating cultural and ethnic diversity since 1950. My picture book, Fruits is the second in the list, in the “Early Years” section. Celebrating Children’s Book week, the article sits among various features exploring children’s literature and diversity.

Speaking of the latter, it was good to see a wide array of cultures featured, albeit what one would expect!

Have a read, and maybe discover an old treasure from your childhood, or a new one to share! What books would you have added to the list?

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My latest collection “claws” its way into the new year…

It’s here; after a month of writing, editing, re-writing, and running poems-in-the-making past my family, my latest collection is finally out! Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings is a collection of animal-inspired poems for children, illustrated by Matt Robertson. (I had one month to write and deliver this one, making it the fastest book I’ve ever written!)

Publishers Collins Educational said about the collection,

Imaginative, clever and often humorous, this beautifully illustrated poetry collection…is inspired by the strange and wonderful creatures of the natural world.

Jaws and Claws (I’m taking the liberty of shortening the title for the rest of this post!) is part of their Collins Big Cat series, a range of fiction and non-fiction books designed to help primary school children develop their reading skills.

You can find out more about Collins Big Cat at their website.

Just to give you a taste of what’s under the covers of Jaws and Claws, I’m including a taster poem from the collection below. (This is one of my grown-up daughter’s favourites; imagine her singing it in delighted, child-like tones!)

The Mouse’s Song

If there is a mouse you are longing to please

Give him cheese, give him cheese,

If you want to put a small mouse at his ease,

Give him cheese, give him cheese,

Don’t hug him, don’t kiss him, don’t give him a squeeze,

Don’t tickle his nose it will just make him sneeze,

Don’t feed him on parsnips, or porridge, or peas,

Give him cheese, give him cheese, give him cheese!

Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings is available from bookshops and online booksellers such as Amazon or Waterstones, or direct from Collins.

If you’ve been bought a copy, been given one as a gift, or used it with your class, let me know what you thought!

-Val

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Val

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A new start for the new year

So my revamped site is now live, complete with an updated gallery, links to some well-respected fellow authors and friends, and (coming soon) a page to buy books, audio and collections. The previous site just sat, but I’ll be posting updates on what I’m up to (and other things of interest) from time to time here. There’ll also be information on upcoming events and performances. Enjoy the new pages, and keep in touch!

Val

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