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Book Fair Planning Tips. Book Fair Companies. Scholastic Book Fairs. Junior Editions. Barnes and Noble. One month before:. Schedule volunteers - primary grade students need the most help . Copy “wish lists” forms at Print Shop - fill in student name and teacher. One month before:.

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Book Fair Companies

Scholastic Book Fairs

Junior Editions

Barnes and Noble


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One month before:

Schedule volunteers - primary grade students need the most help

Copy “wish lists” forms at Print Shop - fill in student name and teacher


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One month before:

Request a sampling of titles to booktalk and/or display


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One month before:

Begin posting notices in school newsletter


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One month before:

Visit Scholastic’s Book Fair website for decorating ideas, forms to download, more tips

www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/chair


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Two weeks before:

Post flyers around the building with dates

Set-up a display in a showcase or a bulletin board


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One week before:

Obtain $100 in petty cash

2 rolls each of pennies, nickels, quarters

1 roll of dimes

3 - $5.00 bills

3 - $10.00 bills

25 - $1.00 bills


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One week before:

Borrow tape adding machine from front office

Locate a cash box


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Nice to have . . .

Create a reorder form for popular titles - have Print Shop copy onto carbonless paper


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Nice to have . . .

Self inking stamps

Last Copy - Not for Sale - See Cashier to Order

Book Fair - to stamp on the memo line of checks


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Extra supplies . . .

Pens and pencils

Sticky notes

Soda boxes/paper box lids to hold wish lists for the day or extra supplies


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When the book fair is set-up . . .

Check over titles - remove inappropriate ones

Highlight titles received on master list - keep master list by cashier


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When the book fair is set-up . . .

Hold a staff preview party - with snacks! Encourage staff to create wish lists for parents to buy books for classrooms.


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During the book fair . . .

Have all classes browse before any purchases are made

Encourage parents to shop or send in a check with the order in a sealed envelope


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During the book fair . . .

Place a note on the last copy of popular titles


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During the book fair . . .

Secure money frequently

Move slow moving titles to eye level

Recommend titles as alternatives to popular ones


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More tips . . .

Consider NOT sending home the book fair newsletter


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More tips . . .

Have extended hours for working parents

Provide snacks for volunteers

Send volunteers a hand-written thank you note at the end of the fair



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Thank You . . .

Dawne Royo, Media Specialist, Tridelphia Ridge Elementary School, for allowing me to use and revise your presentation.


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