Hosting a Book Fair is one of the easiest ways to support your school’s reading efforts. Not only is there an excellent range of books on offer for the children, but a Book Fair also generates parental involvement and is a great way to raise funds.
Book Fairs can run for one day or as long as a week depending on your individual requirements. Usually they are run by the school, but if the services of a local bookseller have been obtained a representative may run it for you
There are also organisations that specialise in book fairs. They provide everything you will need to make your Book Fair a successful literacy event e.g.
The Travelling Book Company has been a very popular provider of book fairs to many LIPSSEE member schools over the years, mainly because they offer such good rates of commission – usually 60% on all sales. However, in September 2015 Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, bought out Troubadour Ltd (The Travelling Book Company). Hopefully this should not make any difference to users as it is intended that The Troubadour team will continue to deliver their excellent book fairs to schools while Scholastic reviews the business side of things
Organising a Book Fair using an organisation such as The Travelling Book Company could not be simpler. You usually have the fair for a week (from Thursday to Thursday). Once it has been booked, a planning kit will be sent to you several weeks before the fair is to be held. This kit will include everything you need to run a successful book event – posters, leaflets, instructions etc.
Once the books have been delivered, setting up and putting away takes just a few moments every day. There are no extra boxes or displays to deal with, just mobile bookcases which open out to form an attractive display, and can be closed up, locked and wheeled out of the way at the end so that the normal running of the school can continue.