Book Fair

Drop Everything and Read!

Clear some space on your bookshelves: the annual HCES Winter Book Fair is just around the corner! As usual, the Book Fair will take place the week after Thanksgiving, running from November 28th through December 1st, 2017.

Kick-off Breakfast and Author Presentation

We are excited to announce that award-winning artist, illustrator and author Eric Velasquez will be the featured speaker at our kick-off breakfast on Tuesday, November 28th at 9 am. His appearance will take place directly after the scheduled PTA meeting.

Eric is the author of numerous luminously illustrated children’s books – rich in content and historical significance. Eric was the recipient of the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe award for new talent and his books have earned starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, including his latest book, “Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library,” which also garnered favorable reviews from The New York Times and The Washington Post. Please join us for an exciting conversation with a talented author!

We Need Volunteers

We can’t produce the Book Fair without your help! The Fair is made possible with invaluable input from Ms. Shostal and the HCES staff, as well as the incredible parents who volunteer their time to arrange food for the author presentation and teachers’ preview, set up the Library, organize and shelve books, direct wandering students, bag purchases, and pack away materials when the Fair is complete. We will need help from Monday, November 27, 2017 (setup) through Friday, December 1, 2017 (break-down).

So please sign up by clicking here. You can give as little or as much of your time during that week as you are able — we appreciate every ounce of help!

Visiting the Fair

Students will begin visiting the Fair with their classes on Tuesday, November 28th — a student schedule will be available in the coming weeks. Parents are welcome to visit the Fair any time during the day; you may also accompany your child before or after school, or during their scheduled class visit.

Used Books

It is the Book Fair’s policy that no child who wants a book will leave the Fair without one. We will have a wide range of new and gently used books available for all grade levels.

Donation of gently used books is a wonderful opportunity to recycle books your child enjoyed but has outgrown, and ensures that no child leaves the fair without a book. We are looking for children’s picture books, easy readers, chapter books (beginner and advanced) and current reference books. Please do not send board books or adult books — those we can accept in the spring, for the Carnival Book Sale.

Donated books can be delivered to your child’s classroom teachers (with the bag clearly marked “Book Fair), or better still, left in the Library with Ms. Shostal.

Please feel free to contact Book Fair co-chairs, Adria Bloom and Elizabeth Hines, with any questions. They can be reached at: