Sunday, October 5, 2014

Book Fair Reads: It's Monday, What are You Reading, October 6, 2014

It's Monday! What are you Reading is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN

The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived in my library and is off to a record beginning. I am usually such a worry wart about sales every year because the elementary/middle school where I serve as librarian is very small-less than 200 students. I also work with university students so I am able to host a very customized book fair featuring books from babies to young adults. This is so wonderful because I am able to request some very good books and goodies too. 
Once again Minecraft books and UV Spy Pens are my top sellers but getting very strong competition from the new iMarker set that looks exactly like an iPhone. All good bookfair organizers know that the fastest way to sell a book is to book talk or read it aloud. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds flew off the shelves and sold out on day 1 along with Bugs in My Hair by David Shannon. 

Here are a few books that I have been reading aloud this week: 

Bugs in My Hair!Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon
David Shannon introduces the subject of head lice in a humorous way that leaves us laughing and scratching our itchy heads while letting us know that we can get rid of the pesky critters without feeling embarrassed.

Llama Llama Trick or TreatLlama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney
Short, simple rhyming board book featuring Llama Llama deciding what to be for Halloween. 

I also read some preschool books with a Halloween theme called Hoot, Little Green Monsters, and Trick or Treat. 

Creepy Carrots!Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
I love this story as a library read aloud because of the predictability factor and its funny. I paired it with Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candice Fleming. This is the adoreable type of book that has you pretending creepy carrots are following you around.

I received this in my restock shipment. 
(The trick to a successful book fair is the Scholastic Restock team. I always phone in my orders and pick their brains for hot sellers, new releases, and books they like. I keep a long list on my desk of books I wish I could get and the Restock Team often makes my wishes come true!)
I am flying through it. I love reading about Four through a new perspective-his own. 

I am doing so much book talking this week that the books begin to blur together. There are so many books that I would like to stop and read but the customer flow has been non-stop. I suppose I will have to wait until pack up day to read the rest. 

Happy Reading! 


  1. We have a book fair in a couple of weeks at a local Indie store-& Scholastic in the spring, so much fun! I enjoyed Roth's Four very much, & also Creepy Carrots-a good one for this month! Enjoy your fair!

  2. I gave up on book fair this year-- even with 750 students, we didn't have enough sales for cash profit. Four has been circulating really well at my library!

  3. Sisters by Rena Telgemeier was by far the best seller at my fair--28 copies. And I have so many reserves on the two in the library that I ordered two more.

  4. Looks like a very busy week but your fair looks fantastic! I love both Creepy Carrots and Bugs in My Hair. I have both in my classroom library and they are frequently read titles!

  5. What a fair! I'm drooling just looking at all those books! I'll be interested in your thoughts about Four - I loved Divergent, but was rather disappointed in all the other books that followed.

  6. It's Book Fair week for us too! I do Book Talks for 1st gr and 4th gr. Some popular choices have been Creepy Carrots and Ricky Ricotta for 1st and Sisters and Loot for 4th!

  7. Creepy Carrots was a very strong contender for Cybils fiction picture book category two years back. It was definitely a huge hit and a favourite of so many. We have the entire Divergent series but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet. Don't have a copy of Four though. Thanks for sharing photos of the Book Fair as well - very nice!


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