Our Mission

  • • Partner with schools and families.
  • • Provide access to books kids want to read.
  • • Create strong, independent readers that excel in school and life.

Why does it matter?

Reading develops language and vocabulary skills.

You can expect approximately 80% of your fair to be paperback titles from the biggest authors, with a mix of timeless classics and tomorrow’s favorites. By age 5, kids who read one book a day will hear nearly 290,000 more words than those who don’t regularly read.1

Reading reshapes the brain.

Scientists have found that reading physically alters the brain. One study showed daily reading increased matter in the region of the brain that processes language.2

Reading for fun is on the decline.

In 1984, only 8% of 13-year olds and 9% of 17-year olds reported they didn’t read for fun. By 2014, those numbers jumped to 22% and 27%, respectively.3 We want to reverse the trend.

1https://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/Citation/2019/06000/When_Children_Are_Not_Read_to_at_Home__The_Million.9.aspx ›

2https://oedb.org/ilibrarian/your-brain-on-books-10-things-that-happen-to-our-minds-when-we-read/ ›

3https://time.com/94794/common-sense-media-reading-report-never-read/ ›

Who is Follett?

For more than 145 years, Follett has partnered with educators around the world to inspire learning. Follett Book Fairs is just one way we carry out our mission. By bringing the books students want directly to them through Follett Book Fairs and Follett Book eFairs, students have the chance to grow as independent readers. Today’s readers will be tomorrow’s leaders, ready to change the world and take on challenges – and it can all start with Follett.

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