Forest Hills Elementary students got a special treat when they walked into the library Monday, Oct. 21 — the book fair had arrived! The theme of this year's Scholastic Book Fair, which will hit all elementary schools in the district, is "arctic adventure" and the Forest Hills library was transformed into a winter wonderland.
There are two main benefits to hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, according to Becky Loiacono, the school's library technology assistant. "It's a great community event, and a great fundraiser for the school," she said.
Schools receive a portion of the sales made at the book fair — to date Scholastic Book Fairs have generated more than $200 million in cash and educational resources for schools around the world.
"It gets kids excited about reading and they come away with a lot of good books," Loiacono said. Book fairs feature books for elementary students of all ages, and the selection is curated by Scholastic to include new releases and popular characters.
The book fair is also a chance for teachers to get new books into their classrooms. "Teachers came in throughout the morning on Monday and picked out what books they would like for their classrooms, and then parents have the option of purchasing those books throughout the week," Loiacono said. "It's really popular with parents."
Forest Hills first grader Lillia Hooper was excited to look for books about Pokemon, her current favorite series. "I love the book fair because it's super fun," she said.
Her older brother Jack was on the hunt for James Patterson books, and said he enjoys the book fair because of his love of reading.
The book fair also provided students with a chance to take home books included in the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB), a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant.
Contact your child's elementary school for more information on OBOB or for dates of the book fair. Registration for OBOB is now open and many elementary schools
are gearing up for the April 2020 competition.
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