Read past articles by Book Fair chairpeople, guest columnists, and featured authors to find great tips, tools, and resources to encourage a love of reading at your school.

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Fall 2010: Village Elementary Smashes Summer Reading Challenge Record
Debra Lynch – Media Specialist, Village Elementary School

When the students at Village Elementary School in Hilton, N.Y., were invited last March to compete in Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge, little did they know that they would amass a whopping 895,317 reading minutes over the next four months, smashing the previous record of 683,057 minutes set in 2009.

Summer 2010: World Record Challenge Motivates Kids to Read All Summer Long
Allison Mittleman – Media Specialist, Sunset Palms

Last year, more than 8,000 schools nationwide participated in the challenge, logging a total of 35,846,094 reading minutes! Hear how students at Sunset Palms Elementary in Boynton Beach, Fla., logged a big chunk of those minutes – 683,057 reading minutes to be exact, more than any other school and earning them a place in the 2010 Scholastic Book of World Records.

Spring 2010: Off-the-Wall Book Fair Promotions Encourage Reading, Boost Sales
Kory Gott – Librarian and Book Fair Chairperson, McCain Middle School

With the help of some very off-the-wall – and on-top-of-the roof – faculty challenges, including a pledge by Gott to "go completely Goth" for the day, McCain Middle School in Payette, Idaho rallied students to read, while nearly doubling its previous Book Fair sales record last spring.

Summer 2009: A Big Idea to Keep Students Reading This Summer
Deb Baker – Executive Assistant, Hesperia Unified School District

"How do you keep kids reading over the summer?" is an often-asked question at schools across the nation. Hear how Deb's community-wide event summer reading program, "Don’t Let Your Summer Be a Bummer" is sure to keep students reading all summer long.

Spring 2009: Principal Chows Down on Fried Worms to Promote Reading
Amelia Blackledge – Paraprofessional, Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary

The things educators do these days to promote books and make reading more appetizing for students just keeps getting more funky – and flavorful. Read how a wiggly feast inspired a new reading record.

Winter 2008: James Patterson's Secret to Get Kids Reading
James Patterson, Best-selling Author

In this exclusive interview with Scholastic Book Fairs, author James Patterson talks about some of the best ways to get kids excited about reading.

Fall 2008: Buying Books and Feeling Good
Joy Pirino – Parent Volunteer, Shenandoah Elementary

With only four weeks to set up her school's Book Fair and the economy in a tail spin, learn how Joy defeated the odds and made her Fair the most successful her school had seen.

Winter 2007: The Best Holiday Gift: Families, Fun, and Books
Linda Martin – Media Specialist, Sugar Hill Elementary School

What is the best holiday gift you can give hardworking families? Together time! Even better – spending time and building memories at a Klutz Build-a-Book® event.

Fall 2007: Middle School Student Crew Makes It Happen
Judy Salisbury – Librarian, East Valley Middle School

After hosting over 30 Book Fairs, Librarian Judy Salisbury shares how a Student Crew leads to a successful Book Fair.

Summer 2007: A Penny Drive for Books
Linda Jones – Parent Volunteer, Knox Elementary School

After organizing her 15th Scholastic Book Fair, Linda shares the fun, easy way she helped get more books into the hands of kids, while increasing her Fair profit – all for pennies on the dollar.

Summer 2007: A 'Wild' Time at the Junior High Book Fair
Melanie Callahan – Librarian, Shepherd Junior High School

Melanie and her Student Crew created a WILD Book Fair, complete with a jungle of books, a grass hut, book commercials, and more to “lure” and “capture” the interest of students, faculty, and parents.

Spring 2007: The Formula for Successful Elementary School Book Fairs
Lynn Reynolds – Librarian, Coles Ferry Elementary School

After three years of coordinating her school Book Fairs, Lynn shares her formula for success: organization, pre-promotion, and a team of enthusiastic volunteers.

Spring 2007: Bringing in Record Sales at a Middle School Book Fair
Pamela Dear – Media Specialist, Baldwin Middle School

Last fall, with the help of the Student Crew, Baldwin Middle School hosted the biggest Book Fair sales in the school’s history.

Fall 2006: Book Fair Advice from a Veteran Chairperson
Kay Gooch – Librarian, Gullett Elementary School

With over twenty Book fairs under her belt, Kay agrees that planning and conducting a Book Fair is not an easy task, but with the right team behind you it can be a rewarding experience.

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