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 27 through November 30, 2018.

Kick-off Breakfast and Author Presentation

This year we are pleased to announce that Steve Sheinkin–award-winning author of fun historical fiction and nonfiction for kids–will be our featured speaker. Meet Steve and hear him discuss his many books at our kick-off breakfast on Tuesday, November 27 at 9:15 a.m. His appearance will take place directly after the scheduled PTA meeting.

A recovering text book writer, Steve Sheinkin launched into writing fun and suspenseful history books in 2008. In King George: What Was His Problem?, Steve could finally digress into the fascinating details that rarely make it into history textbooks. From there, Steve moved to the subjects of Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, the Wild West, and even Jim Thorpe in books that are described by critics as meticulously researched and cinematic in telling. Many of Hunter’s fifth graders will be familiar with his book Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, an origin story of the atomic bomb. Bomb, along with Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, were both National Book Award Finalists. Bomb also won a Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal from the American Library Association. Steve won a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults for his admitted favorite book, The Notorious Benedict Arnold. Currently, Steve is wooing and winning younger elementary school readers with his Time Twisters series.

Join us for a fun discussion with Steve!

Visiting the Fair

Students will begin visiting the Fair with their classes on Tuesday, November 27th — a student schedule will be available shortly. 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, as shown here:

Tuesday, 11/27


Thursday, 11/29

Friday, 11/30

8:00 – 8:45




8:45 – 9:15

9 a.m. Author Presentation Breakfast and Book Signing



9:30 – 10:00



10:15 – 10:45




11:00 – 11:30



11:45 – 12:15

    1:15 – 1:45




2:00 – 2:30




We Need Volunteers

As always, we need many hands to make the fair happen! 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. We need help with setting up, running, and breaking down the fair as well as specific volunteers to help with our Teacher Preview, Monday, November 26, and the Author Breakfast/Kick-off on Tuesday, November 27.

So please sign up here. If you have any questions, please contact Ada Chamberlain or Melissa Hurwitz at

You can give as little or as much of your time during that week as you are able — we appreciate every ounce of help!

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.

Donating gently used books is a wonderful way 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.

Again, please feel free to contact Book Fair co-chairs, Ada Chamberlain or Melissa Hurwitz, with any questions. They can be reached at: