Woo Hoo! It's time for Book Fair Fiesta!
My book fair starts this Friday and I am almost ready.
I have shown my book fair promo video and all flyers have been passed out.
I have my Teacher Sneak Peek and Daily drawings all planned out. I love to give away prizes to generate book fair excitement.
The tables are set and decorated. All I need to do is unpack and set up.
One of the most important things I have learned about book fairs is to place your first restock order before you even open your book fair. Only you know what will sell well in your school. I plan to order massive quantities of the new Minecraft handbook and posters, Leggo Movie items, and those wonderful UV Spy pens. I peeked into the cases but did not see anything that really caught my eye. I do have an extensive list of books I know I can sell if I can get my hands on them.
We are a small school but I sell enough product that I can customize my fair and get some pretty good merchandise. I market heavily to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi teacher Ed students and to the homeschool community. The parking situation is terrible but the support of my community is great.
Here are some of the books I read this week. These came from books ordered through the Scholastic Resource catalog. We take our book fair profits in Scholastic dollars which is the best option for our school.
The Kitten Who Cried Dog by Charlotte Guillain
The Kitten Who Cried Dog is part of the Animal Fairy Tales series. The simple retelling of the Boy who cried wolf story is retold from the perspective of a naughty kitten who is easily bored and enjoys making the townfolk come running when the kitten alerts them to the danger of a dog nearby.
The best past of this series is the author's notes in the back of the book explaining the history of the fairy tale. I liked this part.
Pandarella by Charlotte Guillain
This was my top pick of the Animal Fairy Tale series. I liked the illustrations and the "Furry godmother" in the story.
The Poodle and the Pea by Charlotte Guillain
I don't get it. I ordered the series thinking I would be receiving a fractured fairytale but instead I discovered that basically the story was the same only with dog characters. I was hoping for something creative or imaginative. This being said, my younger readers will most likely enjoy the story and the illustrations.
Little Red Riding Duck by Charlotte Guillain
Animal Fairy Tale series-A duck is little red riding hood in this simplified retelling of little red riding hood. Young readers will think it is humorous. I enjoyed the author note's detailing the origination of the fairy tale.
Goldiclucks and the Three Bears by Charlotte Guillain
I ordered the Animal Fairy tale set through the Scholastic Resource catalog but was disappointed in the purchase. I normally am very happy with all my purchases but these lacked personality and originality.
Tonight I will start reading insignia. My students are loving it.