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Scholastic Book Fairs Classroom Wish Lists

Help teachers’ dreams come true!

Giving students access to good books—both fiction and nonfiction—increases time spent reading by up to 60 percent and improves reading performance. The best way to create this type of environment is for every classroom in every school to have a well-stocked, regularly refreshed library—regardless of subject matter or grade level.

Unfortunately, many teachers struggle to maintain an adequate classroom library. All around the country, teachers are being forced to do more with less. Last year, teachers spent an average of about US$500 of their own money on supplies and books for students.

The Scholastic Book Fairs® Classroom Wish List program makes it possible for teachers to have well-stocked libraries for their students. It’s an easy and highly effective way for K-Kids clubs (along with their sponsoring Kiwanis clubs) to help teachers build their classroom libraries.

How it works:
Elementary and middle schools across the country host Scholastic Book Fairs each year, some even hosting book fairs multiple times a year. The book fair is like a rolling bookstore. With more than 400 titles, students can choose books that are of interest to them. The book fair, which is hosted at the school, is open to students and their families for about a week. Scholastic also offers the school an “online” version of their book fair, which features even more titles and allows friends, relatives and the community to buy books for students and teachers from the convenience of their desktop computer or mobile device. The online book fair opens a week before the on-site book fair and closes the week afterward, for three weeks total.

Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs advisors and their students will meet with their school’s teachers to create a wish list of books they want to add to their classroom libraries. Once the list is created, they will be provided a unique web link to share with families, friends and the greater community. The list also gives parents and community members a meaningful way to demonstrate the importance of reading and making a contribution to others.

Want more? Here are downloadable resources to get started:
If your club participates, please notify Elizabeth Warren, Manager, Corporate Relations of Kiwanis International. 
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