Book Fair

The 2020-2021 Thoreau Book Fair will be a new adventure for us. For the first time, we’ll be using Best Book Fairs as our vendor, and the PTG will earn 12.5% to 27.5% of sales. This year’s fair will be held October 16-26 online at Check out the Virtual Best Book Fair Instructions and Category List.

Teacher Wish Lists

As in years past, your child will be able to purchase a book for his/her teacher from their wish list. We will be using a site called Dream List for this and there will be more details and links for you next week. In addition to the wish list books, you will be able to donate money to your teacher on the Best Book Fairs site. The instructions are in the link above. At the end of the book fair, your teacher will use all donated money to purchase additional books for the classroom.

We want for everyone in the Thoreau community to be able to participate in the book fair, and as such, please reach out Rachel Levesque if you are need of financial assistance. There is a donation tab set up for Mrs. Levesque to help our families in need.

After the book fair ends, all books will be delivered free of charge to the school and will be sent home in your child’s backpack. Remote Academy families will have a time to come to the school and pick up their books in a contactless manner.

You’re Invited to a Special Book Fair Event: “Why Will No One Play with Me?” Book Discussion October 21st @7pm

Are you worried about your student and socialization this school year? As part of Alcott’s Virtual Book Fair, the Alcott PTG is happy to host an online discussion with author Caroline Maguire for parents of students at Alcott, Thoreau and Willard Elementary Schools.  The event is Wednesday October 21st at 7 pm. Caroline is going to present ideas on how to support your student’s socialization and play skills during the pandemic and then answer questions. Please pre-register and the event link will be emailed to you prior to the event. If you submit a question for the discussion during the registration, your name will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her new book “Why Will No One Play with me? The Play Better Plan.”

Her book is available for purchase through our vendor Best Book Fairs here:

Please pre-register here:

About Caroline Maguire

Concord parent Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., ACCG, PCC, founded and facilitates a comprehensive SEL training methodology (#ConnectionMatters) for adults, parents, clinicians and academic professionals on how to develop critical social, emotional and behavioral skills. Why Will No One Play With Me? includes scripts on how to communicate, and ensure, messaging registers with the recipient. Through her private practice, publications, lectures and workshops, her mission is to vanquish the devastating effects of feeling different and misunderstood.

Caroline earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College, and her Masters of Education and Early Childhood Development from Lesley University, where she spent four years studying the effects of executive function skills training on children with social skills deficits. Formerly, Caroline was the main children and teenager coach, social skills group co-leader, and school consultant at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury, MA.


Have questions or ideas? Want to know more or help in some way? Please reach out to Evy Alloway.