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Educators

The Novel Neighbor partners with educators and schools to get kids excited about reading and empower them to be lifelong readers. Explore below the myriad of ways to work with us on our shared mission.

Teachers and librarians receive a 20% discount on every item they purchase for use in their school.We accept your tax exempt forms and would be happy to discuss accepting purchase orders.

Quantity Discounts: Buy in bulk, get a discount. Whether it’s for a classroom, a school-wide reading event, the library, or just a special project.

All required reading titles, including summer reading and during the school year are offered to students at a 20% discount. Email us at melissa@thenovelneighbor.com to let us know your titles and we will ensure stock is available for students.

Want an easy way to learn about the season’s best books? Several times a year, The Novel Neighbor hosts in-store educator nights. These free events will include a presentation by staff on new and exciting books; time to shop; and individual assistance locating books on particular subjects as needed.

We’ll also have publisher promotional items to give away – posters, bookmarks, reading group guides, and advance reading copies of books. Best of all: on educator evenings, your 20% educator discount is good on ANYTHING in the shop (except consignment items)!

Upcoming Educator Night Dates:  Sunday, September 22

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Need a new book for a particular curriculum requirement? Want to update your summer reading list, but having a hard time finding the hours needed to read piles of new books? Tired of using the same Holocaust/Civil War/family trauma novel in your classroom? Just want to overhaul your classroom library? Melissa will help you find the perfect books for classroom use. Email melissa@thenovelneighbor.com to discuss.

We love bringing creative, interactive authors, illustrators, and children’s book experts to your school. We can arrange school-wide students assemblies or smaller classroom presentations, depending on your needs and the author. Author visits are fun, entertaining, educational and memorable. And, there’s no cost to the school to host them when you work with The Novel Neighbor, except an agreed-upon book purchase minimum. For Title I schools, please read below about The Noble Neighbor, our nonprofit that can help bring authors to your school. We take care of all of the logistics, provide a personalized Book Order Form (online form available), as well as an amazing experience for everyone.

Author Visit FAQ Page

A visit from an author:

  • Encourages reading for fun
  • Motivates reluctant and struggling readers
  • Helps students understand the creative process
  • Inspires new thought
  • Reinforces classroom lessons
  • Connects goal-setting and discipline to success

Every author we have had visit our school has encouraged our kids to find their passion and to pursue it. The authors bring their characters to life and provide insight on how to follow through from idea to finished book.” – Ann Ratliff, Librarian, Gotsch Intermediate School, Affton School District.

Please fill out the form to the right for more information.

In-store book fairs – Schools earn 20% of anything purchased during their in-store book fair. We offer an excellent hand-chosen selection not only of the recent bestsellers and critical favorites, but also of the hidden treasures that other shops have long forgotten. We also offer targeted personal recommendations AND can order anything in print and your school will still receive the credit. Special orders are generally received within 48 hours and often within 24. There are many ways to customize a book fair, including in-school book talks for students and/or parents, and we can discuss them all with you.

We would welcome the opportunity to show you the advantages of having your book fair in a locally owned bookstore.

Summer reading book orders – Why should the parents of your students go nuts in August? We send home an order form in the early spring; students return the form with a check or credit card number; books are delivered to the school for each student before the end of the school year. You get a percentage of the profits for almost zero effort, OR you can pass the discount on to your students.

To discuss further, please email melissa@thenovelneighbor.com

In 2019, we are excited to announce our nonprofit, The Noble Neighbor, dedicated to providing free books and connecting children of all socioeconomic backgrounds to authors they love. With support from our donors and community, we will be able to provide free books and organize author visits for children in Title 1 school districts.

We will be providing more information in the coming weeks on how you can help support this effort!

 

Wish Lists: We are happy to keep classroom and school wish lists on file! Parents and other community members can then purchase specific items for classrooms at a discount. Email us at hello@thenovelneighbor.com to start your personalized wish list. Students are welcome to start wish lists of books they’d like to see in their libraries as well!

Standing Orders: We’re happy to create standing orders for your convenience. Standing Orders are when a school or organization orders the same title(s) on a regular basis. By creating a Standing Order, you don’t have to remember to order it each time — we take care of that for you! If you’d like more information, or to create a Standing Order, please contact hello@thenovelneighbor.com

One Book, One School Program: Get your whole class, grade or school reading the same book and watch as the magic presents itself. These are incredible learning, reading and bonding opportunities that will stay with readers forever. For more information, please email hello@thenovelneighbor.com

Storytimes: Every week our store hosts storytimes for young readers, featuring crafts, themed activities, and sometimes even visits from the authors themselves! Storytime is held every Tuesday and Saturday morning at 10:30am.

For more information on any of these programs, contact Melissa Posten at melissa@thenovelneighbor.com

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