The Book Fair-ie

Grandma Kc wrote this on October 7th, 2014 25 Replies

When I told some of my Grandma friends that I was volunteering at the Dollar Book Fair and that the volunteers were all going to dress up my friend Grandma J came up with a brilliant idea. I should go as The Book Fair-ie! She suggested I sprinkle glitter over the students when they purchased a book but we both decided that could get messy and glitter is expensive. So I waved my wand instead!

Book Fair-ie in training. Kc at age 12 months

Book Fair-ie in Training

The theme for the Book Fair was “What is your Super Power” and all of the books were one dollar! Most of the volunteers dressed up as their favorite Super Hero and everyone had a great time. Jenna was the Super Reader and if you knew my daughter, you would know how true that is.

Jenna the SUPER Reader and 4 SUPER Scholars

It was so fun to watch students get stacks of books! One Mom even told us that her house had recently burned down and she loved the she could replace 18 books for $18. There wasn’t even any tax! This made it so easy for the kids, too. With the regular book fairs, the volunteers spend a lot of time helping the students count their money and then find a book that they can afford to buy. This was so simple! They would come in with their teacher and their dollar bills held tightly in their fists.

Dollar Book Fair after setup

The students loved my Book Fair-ie costume, especially my wings and my wand. A few little girls may have even borrowed my wand once or twice! It had tulle on it and they loved that! On Friday, Jenna asked me to go to some of the different classrooms to deliver Book Bucks to the teachers. This was definitely the best part! Parents and students had purchased Book Bucks for the teachers so that they could purchase books for the classroom. I went to each class and knocked before entering. As I opened the door and went in their eyes got very big and so did their smiles. I explained that, “I am the Book Fair-ie and I am here to deliver books to your teacher.” The teachers all played right along and I now know how it would feel to dress up as Santa! It was magical. As I left I waved my wand and told them all to be sure to read and to come visit the Book Fair. It may have been the most fun I’ve ever had volunteering. My face hurt from smiling!

Kc the Book Fair-ie and 2 Book Fair helpers

I love volunteering at Amara’s school! It gets me lots of extra hugs from Amara and from many of her friends, too. Plus I get to hang out with Jenna and some really cool PTA Moms (and Dads!). Hanging out with these young people is helping me to stay younger!

What is your SUPER power?

2,566 books were sold last week!
I can’t wait until I get to be the Book Fair-ie again!

25 thoughts on “The Book Fair-ie

  1. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Wow! 2,566 books! So awesome. Equally awesome are the costumes you and Jenna wore. Love it! You are a lovely Book Fair-ie, indeed!

    I used to so enjoy when it was Book Fair time at my daughters’ schools. I helped out a time or two, and the sheer joy of the kids picking and choosing what books to buy warmed my heart.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I know exactly what you mean about the look of joy on their faces when they find the perfect book! One of the great things about dollar books was that some of the students even spent a dollar to buy a book for a little sibling!!

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    The fairy costume was genius, and I can only imagine how much fun ‘everyone’ had at the book fair. But, the very best thing is that these young people will have an opportunity to read and explore something new between the pages of those books. I cannot imagine not being able to read. After writing that, I went to see what the statistics are for illiteracy: 14% of US adults can’t read, 21% of US adults read below the 5th grade level, 19% of high school graduates can’t read, 63% of prison inmates can’t read, and 774 million people worldwide can’t read. Keep volunteering at the book fair because you are making a difference. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you Judy! Your comment made my day. I wasn’t aware the statistics were that sad! I am thrilled that Amara has inherited the love of reading! For 5th grade she is doing the 40 book challenge and she is so excited. You have to read 40 books but they can’t be exactly any book. They have to be 40 books that fall into numerous categories, which is great. She is reading books that she might not otherwise bothered with! Every child should at least have the chance to read a good book, and this dollar book fair really made that possible for a lot of them.

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  3. Vicki Valenta

    I love, love, love the book fair-ee idea. That’s such a great idea for a costume. Our Scholastic book fair is this week. I always enjoy it. We do the dollar book fair at the end of the year. I don’t know how many books they sell at ours but, I’m going to ask our librarian. I bet it’s a lot too.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      This Dollar Book Fair was a first for Amara’s school. They have always done Scholastic Book Fairs – and they will probably continue to do them. The problem is that many of the students can’t afford Scholastic’s prices so they end up spending whatever little money they have on “stuff” – posters, erasers, and whistles – things that don’t really benefit their education. I hope Amara’s school continues to do both! Amara’s school is K thru 8 and there are about 1300 students. I would really love to know how those sales compared with sales at your school. I thought selling 2,566 books was amazing! Let me know if you find out, please!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      A lot of the great things that go on at her school is due to a great bunch of parents! Their PTA is awesome.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I had worn the costume on Monday night when I worked the Book Fair for Back to School but most of the students hadn’t seen it — just their parents! So when I walked on campus Friday morning there was a lot of pointing and asking one another why I was in costume and I had so much fun just turning and announcing, “I’m the Book Fair-ie. Are you going to the Book Fair?” I had a blast!

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  4. Joyce

    Oh my goodness! How special you made the “Book Fair-ie” idea! I’ll bet Amara’s smile was the biggest ever when you appeared in the doorway of her classroom! You looked so pretty and really made the most of your role! Love the wand!
    I’m just delighted to see the idea of the Dollar Fair take root. I hope this spreads so many more children can be included in participating without stress on the family budget.
    I volunteered extensively at school, but never at a Book Fair. My fondest memory is being told by a fellow mom that my middle daughter, Christy, appeared at check out with a $10 bill and a $12 book. They were kind enough to let her check out anyway and I made up the difference later. I still have that book and am saving it for Bree!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara did love it and so did all of the girls from her group! One in particular that I know and love was just beaming and waving when I walked in. She wanted to make sure I saw her and knew she saw me. Loved it!

      I think the PTA plans to do both the high end Scholastic book fairs and the Dollar book fairs so they can meet everyone’s needs. Even at a dollar a book there was one little girl — probably 1st grade who brought her 2 books up to me and she only had forty two cents! The Book Fair-ie bought her books. Everyone should get a chance to read!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I have always been an avid reader and raised my daughter Jenna to be one, too! She and Justin have raised Amara to be a true Book Worm, too. I have written before about my Aunt who just turned 93 and volunteers at the local school to read to the 2nd graders. So books and volunteering are things that are close to my heart – and I love it!

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  5. Axiesdad

    Do you have more pictures of you in your costume? I’d give you a big pat on the back and all kinds of praise for volunteering, but you and I both know how much fun, how satisfying, it is. Keep enjoying, and please keep sharing with us. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I do have some other pictures of me in my costume but they include other people whose permission to share I don’t have! I am good friends with the Moms of the girls in the photo with Jenna and they did give me permission to share. I had a friend get in serious trouble for sharing pictures she shouldn’t have so I am extra careful.

      You are absolutely right about volunteering being fun and rewarding. I wish I could convince other grandparents at Amara’s school to get more involved. Being the Book Fair-ie wasn’t hard physical work and anyone could do it. Unlike you and me – they just don’t know what they are missing! Maybe YOU could share a bit more, too! HINT HINT!

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  6. Sandy

    What a wonderful event! I’m sure the kids loved being able to afford more than one book. I wish I could have seen their faces when you walked into their classrooms!

    Someone earlier made a comment that they would like to see more pictures of the Book Fair-ie. I agree! Post some more, please!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You should check with Anala’s school and see if they are having a book fair and if you could be the Book Fair-ie! She would love it and so would you! As for more pictures, I don’t have permission to share them as they have other kids in them.

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