Scholastic Book Fairs

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Why Book Fairs?

To help all schools inspire a lifelong love of reading in all children

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Teryl McLane

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Each year Scholastic Book Fairs, in partnership with schools across the country, hosts more than 125,000 book-sale events that give more than 35 million students and their families’ access to thousands of affordable and educational products, helping foster a lifelong love of reading.

School and parent volunteers work with Scholastic Book Fair representatives to organize these weeklong events at school, where children can peruse and purchase their favorite books. From its nationwide network of more than 60 warehouses and customer service facilities, Scholastic delivers its fairs to schools, with the majority of books arranged in mobile, easy-to-access cases. Books are displayed face-front and grouped by age or grade-level, so it’s easy for kids to find characters and subjects they love and want to read about. Scholastic also provides planning materials, promotional tools and merchandising displays to help the school create an exciting bookstore environment.

Scholastic Book Fairs’ team of book experts – former educators, booksellers and book fair veterans – reviews thousands of titles from hundreds of publishers each year, and every Scholastic Book Fair offers a new assortment of books for the fall and spring seasons and consistently includes the latest award winners and most popular books, often in exclusive book fair-only editions.

At the end of the fair, the school is awarded either a percentage of the revenue or books and educational materials. In 2010-2011, Scholastic Book Fairs helped generate more than $175 million in fundraising for school projects and classroom materials.


Since its inception in 1986, the Kids Are Authors® competition has encouraged thousands of children to write and illustrate original books. Scholastic publishes the winning fiction and non-fiction books, which are then sold at its book fairs across the country.

Through Scholastic Book Fairs’ One for Books® program, parents and businesses can make donations to schools in their neighborhood to help purchase books for students and school libraries. Scholastic Book Fairs matches the contributions with a donation of one million books to three national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping kids and families in need: Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., the Kids In Need Foundation, and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Press Releases

New, Free Scholastic Book Fairs App Helps Parents Find the Right Children's Book in a Snap

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In the News

Rawsonville Students, Families Celebrate Curriculum
Belleview View
June 2013

Second-Graders Write Award-Winning Book on Overcoming Disability
The Times of Northwest Indiana
June 2013

Elementary Students Win Honorable Mention in Book Contest
The Frederick News-Post
June 2013

Scholastic Book Fair Opens at Maryville Library
The Maryville Daily Forum
June 2013

Kids Comic Con to Feature On-Site Scholastic Book Fair
The New York Times
May 2013

Students Write Book About Idioms for Kids Are Authors Contest
West Des Moines Patch
May 2013

Pasco School Programs Put Free Books in Hands of Children
Tampa Bay Times
April 2013


Girls at Book Fair
(Credit: Doug Scaletta)

Boys at Book Fair
(Credit: Doug Scaletta)

Book Fairs Truck
(Credit: Doug Scaletta)

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