Hosting a Fair is the best way to support your school’s reading efforts. Students, parents, and teachers love Book Fairs for a number of reasons, including:
- A Book Fair connects kids to the books they want to read.
- They feature a terrific assortment of books, hand-selected by book experts.
- Book Fairs help build school, classroom, and home libraries.
- They generate community involvement.
- A Fair is one of the easiest ways to raise funds for the school. (Scholastic website.)
The parent-teacher organization at the LWW's school hosts a book fair during its P/T conferences each fall and spring. The attractive displays are bright and inviting. The goals of the event are fantastic - to encourage personal ownership of books and raise a little money for classrooms and the library. As an indulgent grandfather, it is all I can do to keep my checkbook in my pocket...
Here are a few shots of the offerings...
Notice anything unusual about this "book" fair? Where are the books in these shots?
OK, I'll admit I was somewhat selective in my photo shoot. Not shown are cases and displays of actual books that were there as well. But I think the toys are taking over. Even a high percentage of "books" are combo books-games-activities.
This shift from print to multi-media is not just visible at school book fairs, but in the children's section at the Barnes & Noble as well. I wonder how many kids will get real books as gifts this holiday season?
We have nobody ourselves to hold responsible for creating a postliterate society...
Are book fairs really about reading anymore?