Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Alternative Bookfairs

Barbara F. Meltz writes of a movement to change the school Book Fair for The Boston Globe.

Here's the upshot: "A small but growing number of schools are turning their backs on Scholastic nonetheless. These parents and educators say Scholastic carries too many books and other items featuring cartoon and movie characters that are thin on literary merit."

In response, parents and schools have been organizing alternative book fairs, involving local, independent bookstores instead.

When reading about these trends, though, I couldn't help but thinking...could this happen anywhere other than in affluent districts?