Book Fair Week!

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Today was the first day of the spring book fair – and by 10:00 this morning, it was clear what the big sellers would be: Legos, and Mercy Watson, and Big Nate, and Humphrey and any books that have cute puppies on the cover. The contents of a book could be the history of watching grass grow, but if there’s a puppy on the cover, some of the kids will pick it up. You can’t blame them!

The company responsible for this week’s festivities is Book Fairs by Book Ends, a book fair managed by Book Ends, an independent store in Winchester, Massachusetts. They began in 2005, at a time when (in their words) “few choices existed in the school book fair marketplace.”  They refer, of course, to the big elephant in the book fair room – Scholastic. Inly has had lots of Scholastic fairs, but Book Fairs by Book Ends has a completely different “feel.”  The selection is better edited – and there are no books about Justin Bieber! As one of our teachers said, “this book fair feels like Inly.” 

This week is also the first time our students have had a chance to see what their “official” summer reading books are, and as far as I could tell, they seem pretty excited about them. Here’s what our students will be reading while they’re at the beach this summer:

Toddlers –                                    

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Children’s House –                

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Kindergarten/1st Grade-

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra

2nd and 3rd Grade –

How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills

Upper Elementary –

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Middle School –

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Another day of playing store begins in less than 12 hours.  Stay tuned for more updates from the sales floor…


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