Book Fair FAQs

Have questions about our book fairs? Check out some of the questions we get most frequently and see if your question is answered here! If you still have other questions, contact us and we'll answer it as soon as possible!

  • What books do you bring?
    • We bring a wide variety of titles from our network publishers and distributors, from bestselling authors and series to hidden gems that we adore. We work with each book fair coordinator to ensure that we bring the type of books your students are interested in as well as any required reading titles. We can also bring assortments of gifts and games and even candy.
  • You’re going to run this entire fair with how many registers?!
    • We have found over the years that one register is completely sufficient at most fairs with sales under $10,000. Should you chose to host a school wide event such as a family or trivia night we can add registers as needed. And of course, we will add as many as traffic deems necessary.
  • Do you really handle set up and tear down?
    • We handle every aspect of setting up and tearing down the fair. We have custom designed fixtures that speed this process along, and our fairs go up and come down in a matter of hours.
  • Do you really staff the fair?
    • A CHB rep is present throughout the entirety of the fair to handle all sales transactions, take special orders, answer questions, offer recommendations, and keep the fair stocked and organized.
  • How do you know which books to bring?
    • We work with the book fair coordinator or librarian to determine what bests suits the needs and interests of your students. We also have years of bookselling experience and first-hand knowledge of what titles are most popular locally and industrywide.
  • Are you available to open evenings or mornings?
    • We are absolutely available for mornings and evenings! Many schools wish to host event outside of school hours. These are often the most successful times during the fair as it gives parents and grandparents an opportunity to support their student(s) and their school.
  • What do I need to do for my fair?
    • A plan: It is your job to market your fair to your students. Many librarians host contests in the weeks leading up to their fairs to get students excited about the books. We often have promotional materials on hand that we can provide you with should you wish to hold contests. Some librarians choose to give gift certificates that come out of their book fair earnings as promotions. You may also choose to show book trailers to students, host a battle of the books, or some other similar activity. Whatever you can do to make it fun - the kids will respond to that.
  • How do I request books?
    • Contact Michelle (Michelle@CavalierHouseBooks.com) to let her know if there are specific books (such as required reading titles) that you may need at your fair. Bear in mind that you need to request books three full weeks in advance of your fair to be sure that they can be ordered and delivered in time. If there are any issues with content beyond the usual publishing parameters that you would like us to abide by for your fair, please also let us know well in advance.
  • What about content?
    • We work with our publishing reps to keep content at age appropriate levels at each fair. That being said, what a publisher deems appropriate for a 13 year old may not be what you or your administration deem appropriate. We ask that each book fair coordinator/librarian to go over the stock to ensure that titles on offer are appropriate for your students in addition to letting us know in advance of anything you or your administration considers inappropriate beyond the usual publishing parameters. Cavalier House Books is not responsible for the content of titles sold at the book fair.
  • How do special orders work?
    • Special orders are delivered 3 to 5 days after the end of the book fair. Throughout the fair should we sell out of a title or should a student request a title not available at the fair, we can order it for them. We take each student's name and the name of their English or homeroom teacher (your choice) and give them a receipt for the book. The books are delivered along with a label including this information to be distributed.