Backyard Book Fair was excellent!!
"With very little effort on my part I was able to generate as
much profit as I usually do with the standard Scholastic Book
Fair where I do all the work. Backyard provided cashiers at all
times, restocked, and even took back orders that were delivered
to students after the fair had left. I gave book talks to each visiting
class and sent older grades on a treasure hunt of books to
familiarize themselves with the selections before they were
allowed to shop.
We love Backyard Book."
Fairs at Kingsley Elementary School.
Anne Smith, Librarian
"I had a Backyard Book Fair at my school for the first time
during the school year 2004-2005. I was especially pleased
with all aspects of the Fair- the way it was conducted, the
set-up, the materials available for sale, and especially
the personalities of the folks who hosted the fair. I used
it for a fund-raiser and I was very pleased with the fact
that I did not have to make a set amount of sales before
I could get cash instead of books. I would recommend the
Backyard Book Fair for any school in this area. "
Nancy B. Grubb, Librarian
Bulls Gap School, Bulls Gap, TN
After one book fair with Backyard Book Fair, I never went back to the
other (Scholastic). Even after several conferences with the other guys
(Scholastic), they simply could not offer me what BBF does—a wonderful
selection of books that students and librarians get excited about; complete
set-up and take-down; and full-service running of the fair—with personality
and a smile! The BBF folks handle all purchases from customers, re-stocking
of fair items, and closing of the book fair. They introduce each class to the
fair as they help the students fill out their wish lists. They are great with kids
and really know how to encourage excitement about books. Whereas I used
to dread all the work associated with book fairs, I am now excited about them.
I know that the many burdens of a typical fair--setting up, taking down,
restocking, handling the money, filling out wish lists, finding volunteers
to help, all while trying to continue to run the school library—are no longer
mine to bear alone. With BBF, running the book fair is their job, which
frees me up to do mine; this makes the fairs so much better run,
not to mention much more enjoyable.
Since 2006, the BBF folks have become part of our school family. Students
and teachers alike look forward to their biannual appearance not only because
they will undoubtedly bring awesome books, but also because the return of our
friends brings an energy and excitement to the building. Shifting all book fair
business to BBF was one of the best decisions I ever made for my library!