The Back-story of the Book Fair-ie

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 28th, 2015 34 Replies

I had just changed out of my Book Fair-ie costume when one of the 1st grade teachers told me how disappointed her class had been that I wasn’t at the Book Fair when they were. No one wants to disappoint 1st graders so I asked her if she wanted me to drop by her classroom the next day. She was happy to take me up on my offer!

I love going to the classrooms to visit; I’d had so much fun doing it as The Cat in the Hat. Thinking about that got me wondering, what was I going to say to these 1st graders? When I was The Cat in the Hat, we were delivering books and I had written a long Cat in the Hat type verse for them. What was I going to say?

Then I remembered the picture I had used last year in a post about when my parents first knew I was a Book Fair-ie. I printed it 8×10 and I started to think of more things I could add to my back-story! This would be fun.

I got to Jenna’s that morning and told her my idea and it was as if a light bulb went off in her head! She was going with me to the classroom and she had the perfect picture. During the week when I was in costume, Jenna had been telling the student in the library that SHE was half Book Fair-ie and she just remembered another picture to go enhance our story. I love that she tells all the students that I am her Mom! Talk about feeling important. Anyway!

Here is how the story went…

“Hi Everyone! I am the Book Fair-ie! You’re teacher told me you were disappointed because I wasn’t in the Library when you went to the Book Fair and she asked me to make a special trip back just to visit you! You might be wondering what a Book Fair-ie does. Well, it is my job to go around bopping children on the head with my magic wand to giving them the love to read! Do any of you love to read?” Of course, they all raised their hands. “Then I will just have to wave my wand once over all of you!” I did and they all loved it!

“Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My parents were both Book Fair-ies and THIS is when they knew for sure that I was going to be a Book Fair-ie.”

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

Book Fair-ie in Training

A student asked if I was really a fairy.

“Yes but I am not just a Book Fair-ie. I am also a Grandma and a Mom. Do all of you know that Miss Jenna is my daughter?” Most of the students know Jenna because she does so much at school from helping out in the office to selling Paletas to volunteering at Picture Day and so much more. “Did you know that Miss Jenna is half Book Fair-ie? THIS is when we knew for sure.”

Jenna with 2 new books

Jenna when we first knew she was a Book Fair-ie

“Now, do you see the man sitting behind her? That is Miss Jenna’s Dad and he is definitely NOT a Book Fair-ie! He doesn’t even like to read. Can you imagine that?” They could not!

“I get a lot of questions about my beautiful wings.” There were lots of ews and ahs. “Book Fair-ies cannot fly but because we spend so much time reading we have wonderful imaginations. I can just shut my eyes and dream that I am flying anywhere.” I loved it when one of the little boys closed his eyes and said he was flying!

Before I left the classroom I made all of them promise me that they would go home and read every day so that they could grow up and be Book Fair-ies, too!

After we left the 1st graders, we decided to stop by and visit the PM Kindergartners and we did it all over again! The Kindergartners loved the Book Fair-ie even more! The next morning the AM Kinder teacher told me how disappointed her class was that I never came to see them! I actually thought it was both Kinder classes in one that we had visited. We couldn’t have sad Kinders and so I donned my costume one more time!

Book Fair-ie Collage

The Book Fair-ie having fun in the classroom

I love being a Book Fair-ie

34 thoughts on “The Back-story of the Book Fair-ie

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is so fulfilling! You’re right that people just don’t know what they are missing. Especially when that volunteering includes kids! I almost didn’t finish the costume and I am so glad that I did!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      There is this little part of me that always wanted to act and another part of me that always wanted to teach – this was the best of both worlds.

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  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    First, you love absolutely lovely in your beautiful costume – you did all book fairies proud. :-) I love the photo of Jenna and can sit here and imagine you two doing this for several classes. What a deal for those children to have such dedicated adults trying to encourage their desire to read. I hope you know how lucky you are to have three generations of ladies who get along, enjoy each other’s company, and work on educational projects together. Impressive, friend.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank You! I did love being the Book Fair-ie and I do know how lucky I am that Jenna and I have the wonderful relationship that we have. I wouldn’t get to have half as much fun if we didn’t! And when it is the three of us together that is just about the best!

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  2. Debra

    You sure make learning fun! I enjoy reading your posts. An inspiration for sure. I work outside of the home and am not available to spend the time I wish I could with my grand daughter. One day, I would love to volunteer at her school. Love your images- thanks for sharing!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      When Jenna was growing up a worked about 70 hours a week and missed out on so much. I am so glad I get to spend time volunteering at Amara’s school with Jenna. It makes up for some of what we missed.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I don’t know who had more fun — me or the students! I can’t wait to be the Cat in the Hat again!

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  3. Joy @ Yesterfood

    What a beautiful gifts to give the children- the gift of your time, the gift of the love of reading, and the gift of imagination! You are a very special person, Kc- I love reading about the time you and Jenna spend at Amara’s school!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Joy! I do love spending time at school and it is so nice to get so much time with Jenna.

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    1. April

      I agree with Sandy! Such a great story. You are such an inspiration to all, not just the children! Just in awe of all you do. So proud of you too!
      I think you must have bopped me on the head with your magic wand too when we were kids! Lol Love you.

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      1. Grandma Kc Post author

        Thanks April! I am having so much fun! And I probably did bop you on the head more than once! We had so much fun together as cousins!

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  4. Launna

    Kc, this was so sweet of you to do… and it looks like you had so much fun. I was definitely a book fair-ie growing up… I was a voracious reader. I really need to make more time to just get lost in a book again xox

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I need to take more time to read books too! I used to always carry a book with me — now I turn to my phone when I wait in line and I need to change back to my old habits!

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  5. Barb Behmer

    I think a Book Fair-ie is the very best kind! After all, to give a child the love of reading and the gift of books is magical. In a former life, I was a Reading Teacher. Books have always been important to me.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really bet if I asked some of those students if they kept their promise and went home and read that night that most all of them would say yes and that makes me feel so good inside!

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  6. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    This is so sweet, Kc. Love it! You and Jenna are so creative and giving. Those kids will remember the Book Fair-ie their entire lives, I bet.

    (And I smiled at the mention of the dad who is very NOT a book fair-ie!)

    Great stuff, as always.

    xoxo

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I was at drop off yesterday morning and one of the little ones poked her friend and said “I think that is the Book Fair-ie.” I loved it!

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  7. Joyce

    I just loved every word of this story! You really tied in your family history with the fantasy of the book fair-ie and the ultimate joy of being able to read for yourself as a child! Reading was also one of the best experiences of my childhood. I still remember the mysteries and then the teenage “romances” I moved into after polishing off shelves at our local library. You are encouraging children to do exactly the same thing.
    Once again, you are such a role model for us grandparents who should all look into the value of volunteering at school and delivering the same unique value that you do!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Joyce but any Grandma could be a Book Fair-ie! All you need is a costume and a magic wand — preferably one with tulle streamers! I really wish more Grandmas would take this idea and run with it! Every Book Fair could use a Book Fair-ie! They could even cheat and use my back-story and pictures if they wanted to! Hmmmm when is Bree’s first Book Fair? Bet the boys would love it if you were Book Fair-ie for them — their school must have book fairs! I would just love it if you did this!

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  8. Pamela Shank

    I love your story!! My daughters work in the school system in our town and I am referring them to your blog to read. One is a speech therapist and one is physical therapy assistant. What a great idea! Obviously the children loved this. I have never known anyone to do anything like this in our town. Thanks for the ideas.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you! I would be so excited if someone else decided to do this! The students really will love it – at least the lower grade ones. They lose interest in about 4th or 5th grade. It really is just the best feeling. All the students that came into the Library wanted their picture taken with me – so much fun! Last year I also played the Cat in the Hat during Read Across America week. One of the moms told me that her Kindergartener said that was the best day of school all year! I cried! But it is wonderful to have such a positive impact on the students. If either of your daughters decides to do something like this – or have someone at their school do it – I would love to hear about it! I would love it if this became a trend!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      While I enjoyed reading when I was young I didn’t become obsessed with it until high school so maybe there is hope your grandchildren will become Book Fair-ies yet!

      It is nice to have you back!

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