We’re so excited to announce a new spin to our Holiday Book Fair fundraiser through a partnership with Garden District Book Shop. Not only are we happy to support a local bookstore, but we have the added connection to StG alum, co-owner Barkley Rafferty (‘00). Read more about Barkley and Garden District Book Shop here.
Book Fair officially kicks off Saturday, December 4th and will run through Sunday, December 12th. It’s a wonderful way to support St. George’s and check some holiday gifts off of your list. Be sure to get your orders in early as we all know shipping timelines are never guaranteed.
Laura Wilt, Parents Group President
Saturday, December 4th - Holiday Book Fair Kick-Off Event
This event serves as our official kick-off, and all sales this morning benefit the Early Childhood division and their library. Join us for donuts, hot chocolate and other refreshments, and get ready because Santa will be available for photos from 9 to 10:30 a.m! StG parent authors will be reading their books throughout the day, and Garden District Book Shop will have a variety of books available for purchase. You definitely won’t want to miss Sesame the Opossum (a REAL opossum!) and learning more from his book, Opossums Don’t Live in Houses and Other Alternative Facts.
Monday, December 6th - Optional Character Dress Up Day (all divisions)
Though this activity is optional, students in all divisions (and faculty/staff!) are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book characters on Monday, December 6th. Our goal is to make this day enjoyable and fun for the whole family, so please consider utilizing your existing costume closet or items around the house to bring your child(ren)’s desired book character to life. A few examples of characters might include Greasers from The Outsiders, crayons from The Day the Crayons Quit and Harry Potter from (yep, you guessed it!) any of the Harry Potter novels.
Thursday, December 9th - Parents Group Happy Hour at the Rink
Parents are invited to join us for wine, cheese and book browsing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 9th. Garden District Book Shop will be open late just for us. Finish up your holiday shopping while benefiting StG and enjoying other parents' company!
Friday, December 10th - Grandparents and Special Friends Day for our Lower School and Middle School students
Lower School Grandparents and Special Friends on campus for this year's event will have an opportunity to shop a selection of books curated for our Lower School students by Garden District Book Shop!
Sunday, December 12th - Last day to shop the Holiday Book Fair and support StG
This will be the final day to shop at Garden District Book Shop for St. George's 2021 Holiday Book Fair. Make sure you visit and complete your purchases by this date!
Holiday Book Fair at a Glance
Visiting Garden District Book Shop
Beginning Saturday, December 4th, you may visit Garden District Book Shop in person (located at 2727 Prytania Street in The Rink Shopping Center) or online (at www.gardendistrictbookshop.com) to support St. George’s. More information is available below for how to purchase online on the Garden District Book Shop website.
When visiting in person, be sure to consider adding a donation to your teacher's classroom or grade-level gift card! Simply let the Garden District Book Shop staff know at checkout. Teacher lists for Early Childhood are by class name (e.g. Sunflower Room), teacher lists for Lower School are by teacher name and grade (3rd Grade -- Marchand) and Middle School lists are simply by grade (5th Grade).
Don’t forget to mention you are supporting the StG Book Fair when you check-out!
Visiting Garden District Book Shop Online:
When ordering online you can add as many books as you like to your "shopping cart." Then follow these important steps at checkout:
1. Under “PICK-UP OPTIONS” click box for in-store pick-up or free delivery to StG
2. Under “ORDER COMMENTS” write in “dragons21”. If you are requesting delivery to StG, write in “DELIVER TO” and the teacher or student’s
3. Fill out all other necessary info for payment and proceed!
Check out our book recommendations below:
Early Childhood Center Starting Small
StG Parent Authors
A Bean Named Red by Dori Hernandez: Red beans and rice were meant to be, but how did they find each other? This New Orleans based children’s book spills the beans! Red is just a lonely little bean in a big old soaking pot. One Monday morning, she finds the courage to begin a journey. It’s a big world out there for a bean, and Red meets a lot of silly friends along the way. Join Red as she explores the world around her, finding love along the way.
The Adventurous NoLa Kids Go to the Ruined Mansion by Chontel Carter-Frank: The Adventurous NoLa Kids have found their first adventure! Join Jacob, Theresa, and Noah as their curiosity leads them to a ruined mansion in New Orleans. Years ago the mansion was one of the city’s most enjoyable places, until Hurricane Katrina. The mansion is now barely standing and the grounds are so disheveled that no one ever visits! Can the mansion be repaired? Follow the Adventurous NoLa Kids and discover how teamwork leads to miracles!
Also available: NoLa Kids Go to the Swamp
When the Breeze Blew Through by Colin Utley: The flap of a butterfly’s wings creates a breeze that begins an incredible journey around the world affecting the lives of everyone and everything it touches. It fills sails, exposes lost treasures, carries a stubborn kite skyward, and even thwarts an attempted pie theft. Brought to life with 28 pages of beautiful water color illustrations and written in a playful rhyming pattern, the independently-published When the Breeze Blew Through celebrates how simply being oneself can help others in unintended ways.