We believe that it takes a village to raise a reader, that’s why we love working in partnership with local schools to build resources and collections. We’re dedicated to connecting readers of all ages with books that will inspire and engage, this includes servicing Schools and Libraries.
We understand that for teachers and librarians finding time to track down books can be difficult. So whether you drop into the store, with, or without an appointment, or contact us via email, we’ll endeavour to make it as straightforward for you as possible.
We offer a 15% discount on RRP to schools and libraries with an account with us.
Michael Earp has twenty years of experience as a children’s book specialist having worked in both bookselling and publishing. They were awarded the Australian Booksellers Association, Text Publishing ‘Bookseller of the year’ award in 2021. They have a Masters in Childrens and Young Adult Literature and a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education. This has given them a thorough understanding of how to source books that link with key curriculum areas and engage readers, and they know how time-poor teachers are! They are more than happy to share all their knowledge with you in order to best help you source the books you need.
You can contact them with any queries or requests at email@example.com
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COMMUNITY READING REWARDS
Working in partnership with local schools, friends and family name drop your school when they shop with us. For registered accounts, 15% of the value of every recorded purchase made at The Little Bookroom will be donated back to your school in the form of an account credit. Families simply name-drop their school at the counter or in the online store’s cart notes.
It’s an easy-to-use loyalty program that benefits the whole school community. Ideal for pairing with fund-raiser shopping nights, online book fairs, and book drives.
For more information about our Community Reading Rewards program, or to set up an account, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once a term we host information nights for Teachers and Librarians. We invite a guest speaker to give us insight into their particular field of publishing or teaching expertise, or an author to tell us about their latest book and how it could be used in the classroom. This is followed by Michael catching us up on all the latest releases and highlights for the library.
There are two evenings each term, one focused at Primary School, and one for Secondary. However, more often than not, the events are relevant to all educators and librarians as the reading interests/levels of grades 5-8 are often overlapping.
If you would like to be kept up to date with when each Book Chat is scheduled, please email Michael expressing an interest.
Check out our Events Page for upcoming Book Chats
If you’re hoping to track down specific titles or topics, a quick email to Michael and they’ll source them for you.
To streamline the process of getting the books you need, we can set you up so that you can order on behalf of your school through our website which has an up to date complete stock listing. This way you can add books to your cart in order to get a quote if they’re things we stock, and order them easily once you’ve made your selections. This is the fastest way for us to get the books to you.
If titles aren’t in stock, or not listed on our website, simply email Michael and they’ll chase them down for you.
Or, jump start the process by emailing Michael with the following details:
If you’d like to stay on top of the key releases that we think your school library should have, consider signing up for our standing order service.
Simply elect how much per term you’d like us to curate for you, $250, $500 or $1000 (amount negotiable) and we’ll select our recommendations for new release books email you the quote for approval and then process the order.
Curating lists is a large part of our work. We love making sure you can find what you need as easily as possible.
Here are some as an example:
Gift Ideas for teachers
(Very happy to have titles suggested for this list!)
LISTS FOR SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES
ARTICLES & BOOK LISTS
We’ve partnered with Gisela Ervin-Ward, literacy specialist and educator, to publish articles on relevant topics and the books that are well suited to them. Here are some:
Graphic Novel-A-Palooza! (Term 4, 2021) (by Michael Earp)
Stories for beautiful, wonderful weirdos (Guest post by Mat Larkin)
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR VISITS WITH BOOKED OUT
If you’d like to inspire your students with a visit from a fantastic author or illustrator, we recommend getting in touch with BOOKED OUT.
We’re set up to support any visit (online or in person) with book sales so that the enthusiasm can be channeled into a passion for reading.
Ask Michael for more information.
CURATED LIBRARY STARTER PACK
Working with Berry Street Schools, we have created a library starter pack. Designed with schools who need a new library, or an overhaul, especially for high schools with low reading levels or engagement.
This pack combines the most popular books and the best quality literature across junior, middle and young adult fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction. To a certain degree, it can be tailored for specific needs such as ‘primary school only’. The list changes according to availability and we endeavour to have as comprehensive and up to date a range as possible. The price includes the 15% school’s discount and freight charges.
“Schools that are looking to boost love of reading must check out this highly cultivated book list. Why? First, The Little Bookroom has included every series that kids are drooling over right now. Nothing hooks kids into books faster than a series and the newest series are all right here. This list also balances many different genres intentionally including nonfiction titles on a range of topics. I also love how this list is culturally responsive with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protagonists and authors throughout. Finally, this booklist intentionally includes texts for all reading levels. If you are a school leader looking to update your library with the best titles for Australian kids, then this is the list for you.“
– Maddie Witter, author of Reading Without Limits: Teaching strategies to build independent reading for life and co-author of the Berry Street Education Model