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Book Fairs

 

Spark Books is excited to bring a book fair to your school!

We are currently scheduling virtual book fairs for 2021. 


 

Why Partner with Spark Books for a Book Fair?

  • Personalized service

  • Books from multiple publishers, not just one

  • Quality literature for every age

  • Support locally owned business

  • Raise money for your school or organization

 

Fundraising

Schools can either receive 20% cash or 25% store credit of total, pre-taxed sales of eligible books. In the virtual book fair, our entire website will be available for purchase. There are millions of books to choose from! Occasionally, with an inventory this large, real time inventory mistakes sometimes happen. “Eligible books” are all books that are in stock at our vendors and can be delivered to the school within our delivery window. Backordered titles cannot be included in the fundraising total.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do we schedule our book fair?

Email Adriene Rister at adriene@sparkbookspgh.com with the following information:

  • School name

  • Dates requested

  • Contact information for point person

Once your date has been confirmed, we’ll send you a Book Fair Agreement form. Please return this form to us at least 4 weeks prior to your fair date.


 

Who selects the books for the book fair?

We will happily curate a list of books based on your needs—grade, genres, topics, desired price range, etc.—you can provide a list, or any combination of the two. Participants will also have access to our entire https://sparkbookspgh.indielite.org/ website with millions of titles for all ages.

 

When and how will books be delivered to students and staff?

You have several options for delivery:

  • Delivered to the school, sorted by student and teacher, within 2-3 weeks of the end of the book fair.

  • Parents can also choose to ship to home. Books will arrive (based on delivery option) within 10-14 days.

 

Can staff/teachers create wish lists?

Yes! We can send instructions to build lists, or you can have families donate funds to teachers that will be turned into a gift card for teachers to use. This allows teachers to choose titles at their leisure.

 

Students can create wish lists as well and share with family members!


 

When will our school/organization receive our portion of the funds raised?

Spark Books will provide a check or gift card, and spreadsheet detailing total transactions, within 30 days of the last day of the book fair.



 

Marketing and Promoting Your Book Fair

 

Get the word out:

 

  • Use multiple social media outlets and email to let the community know of your upcoming virtual book fair. Spark Books will provide (1) digital asset for social media.

  • Send home a flyer. Spark Books will provide (1) pdf flyer.

  • Remind students of the book fair via daily announcements.

  • Record book talks: staff, teachers, and students. Spark Books is also available to provide virtual book talks.

  • Set a goal and update the school community about your progress throughout the fair.

 

Ideas For Events During Virtual Book Fair 

  • Raffles

  • Virtual Bingo or scavenger hunt related to characters/book

  • Dress up day: favorite character in a book

  • Read-a-Thon

 

Spread More Joy 

  • Consider adding a wishlist for a local non-profit organization. Example: Backpack for Hunger.