The Book Fair is here! The Book Fair is here!
I wish I could keep up this momentum and excitement through all of the Book Fair! LOL Yes, it's that time agian. Time to get books in the hands of the kids and time to find out what books I need to add to our collection. I love the Book Fair...mostly.
The Spring theme as set by Scholastic is "Story Laboratory: Reading Give You Super Power!" To decorate for this theme, I found some cute science clipart online and traced them onto bulletin board paper. I cut those out and taped them up on the windows. I also cut out some slime splats from brightly colored paper.
Scholastic has some cute "Readioactive" signs available to print out from the online tool kit. I printed some off on bright yellow paper.
I used some of the same decorating techniques that I used in the Fall 2011 Book Fair to create the laboratory door on the outside of the Media Center by making a secret code number pad out of a tin tray from the dollar store. I used some "caution" tape that we had left over from a yard renovation we did a few years ago to add a little something "extra" to the doors. Something similar comes in the Book Fair decorating kit you can purchase through the Scholastic Resource Catalog. I think the scholastic tape might have "Readiacitve Books" on it rather than caution. To save money, I just used what I had.
The teacher wish list board was easy to make with one of the files on the Scholastic Book Fair toolkit.
For poster numbers, I used the teacher Wish List pocket clipart and added a number over it. Then I just copied those onto bright paper and cut them out.
For the guessing jar, I used gummy worms and the sign provided in Scholastic's fair files.
I am hoping that all this decorating gets the students excited and that they come ready to shop for books. To help keep them from being distracted with the "doodads," I am again using the "doodad" board idea that I got from this post from the Three Ring Library as well as from this post from Mrs. Reader Pants.
I am also using a tip I saw about providing a free "goodie" to those who buy at least one book from the Book Fair, to encourage students to purchase books rather than the junkie stuff. I can't find where I read that tip, but so far it has been a bit hit. If you remember seeing this little tip somewhere, please let me know and I will add a link.
In fact, I am down to two bins of free doodads after just one day.
Thanks to a tip from Jenny, a blog follower, and this post on Mrs. Readerpants, I was able to get the Book Fair delivered a few days early so that I could still have a Preview Day on the Friday before. Yay!
I am hoping that this Book Fair is a bit more successful that the Fall Book Fair. I am trying to promote it more this go 'round and I hope that it helps. The first day our sales were up a bit from the first day of the Fall Book Fair, so that is encouraging.
So are you excited about your next Book Fair? Got any great Book Fair tips to share?