Book Fair Bliss

November 9th, 2011 by melissa g

School book fairs are an amazing thing. All over the country, volunteers come together to set up the most incredible “temporary bookstores” in their schools.

With the greatest attention to detail, parent and teacher “wish lists” are created.  Emails fly.  Spreadsheets are set up.  A masterpiece – the book list – is finally produced.

Soon after, the boxes arrive. Gymnasiums and lunchrooms are transformed.  Displays are created.


And then the customers arrive.  Hundreds of students and parents pass through and enjoy the opportunity to browse for books in the convenience of their own school.  The excitement is in the air – and it’s all because of books.  It is incredible.

And three days later, it’s ALL OVER.

Within hours of closing, the books are gone as if they were never there.

Sounds a little crazy, right?

I’m sure most bookstore owners wouldn’t want to set up and break down their stores every week, so why do parents commit themselves to this daunting task?

Maybe it’s about the fundraising, but I think it’s something more than that.

I think it’s about the books.

Tell us about your school book fair and let us know what inspires you to make it happen.

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