Book fair comes alive

Posted 11/12/19

The Madisonville Elementary campus hosted families as well as a number of special guests of the cartoon variety at their annual school book fair on Nov. 4.

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Book fair comes alive

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The Madisonville Elementary campus hosted families as well as a number of special guests of the cartoon variety at their annual school book fair on Nov. 4.

Among the countless selections of books roamed individuals dressed as characters from popular children’s books such as Cat in the Hat, Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Grinch, Pete the Cat, Dog Man and Sam I Am. And it was a grand slam, ma’am.

“We wanted to have the storybook characters come to life,” said Madisonville Elementary Librarian Liz Stover.

“Every November we have a book fair in our school libraries,” said MCISD Librarian Joyce Singletary. “We decided to open it up to more people and have a community, family event.”

Twenty percent of the book fair profits will go toward booking a storyteller, author or illustrator to come to the school in January.

The district has held a book fair for over 40 years but took the event to a new level this year to attract more families and increase interest in reading by bringing the books to life.

“The more they read, the smarter they are,” said Singletary. “We want our children to read everyday.”

“It is so important for the students to find that series they love,” said Stover. “If they can find that magical series or book, reading will just take off. You want them to enjoy it and not do it because it is classwork.”

The event was appropriately decorated and made possible through the work of Singletary, Stover and other elementary personnel. The characters were played by teachers and older students in the district.

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