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Book Fairs

Time for Something Different?

Introducing – Larrikin Book Fairs

Larrikin Book Fairs are curated to showcase home grown talent, sourced from all the good publishers, and of course some laugh out loud titles from our own Larrikin imprint. From picture books, junior & middle grade fiction, non-fiction, cool journals and graphic novels there’s something for everyone.

Our book fair range includes a budget selection, with books as low as $1.00 for those with limited resources, but won’t include those pencils and erasers we know you love so much!

Check out the Current Range

How does it work?

User Friendly Admin

We’ve made our admin processes super simple so you won’t have to stress over unnecessary paperwork and book counting. We tally all electronic payments our end, so all you have to do is count the real cash and resist the temptation to run off to the shops before you bank it 🙂

Each book fair gets an Eftpos machine, large posters, personalised digital invites, and wish lists.
And… if you’re in the Melbourne metro area, your fair will also come with our really cool rolling bookcases!

Parents can now purchase Larrikin Cash for their kids to use at the book fair. It works and prints out like real cash so it’s very cool!

Buy Larrikin Cash

Oh, The Rewards!

As you know, book fairs are an excellent way to fundraise, and we know it’s important for you to have an extensive range of products to use up your hard earned commission, so every product in our online store is available to you.

Our commission structure is simple – 40% of sales on your first fair with Larrikin, which can be used across our entire product range. Commission will revert to 35% for subsequent bookings.

Word on the Street

This year I decided to go with Larrikin Book Fairs, as I was so impressed with the quality and range of books that I had received in their Book Packs. Even though Larrikin doesn’t provide the rolling bookshelves here in WA, it didn’t bother me, as I had the freedom to play around with my displays and adjust it to my Book Week Theme. I received my Book Fair stock well in advance and was able to browse through the boxes and decide on my Book Fair set up. The focus of the Larrikin Book Fair was clearly books, not trinkets and students could spend the $1 and $2 coins on books rather than unnecessary stationery. Many parents commented on the variety of books, and the overall quality and price range. I am very happy with Larrikin.

COLLEEN PHILLIPSHudson Park Primary School

Changing to Larrikin for my Book Fair this year was a great decision. The quality and quantity of books available was fantastic. The feedback from teachers, parents and students was all very positive. I only had 1 student raise the issue of no pens and pencils as that is normally all she can afford, once she realised there were books for $1, $2.50 and $5 she was happy as she could still afford to buy something. James and his team were amazing with their support and flexibility. Stock arrived well in advance so I had plenty of time to set up, working part time this is a huge bonus. We will definitely be using Larrikin again.

LEANNE DANIELSLibrary Officer - Scarborough Primary School WA

I have been really happy with Larrikin as my choice of company for fairs. My sales are well up on the last 3 school book fairs with far more enthusiasm and positive feedback on this one. Consistent comments from parents and students is how much they prefer having it laid out on tables like a book shop rather than in cases. Teachers and parents are also very happy there is no novelty stationery, & I have only had about 3 students ask for it, so winning! $4500 as of this morning and at 40% commission with no expiry for your first fair with Larrikin, I’m happy. James has been more than helpful and is very flexible with delivery dates etc.

I will certainly be re booking with larrikin next year!

LOUISE MOORECarnaby Rise Primary School

FAQ’s

Q. Are the titles offered reorderable?

A. No. After 12 months of running Book Fairs we have realised re-orders are a giant pain in the butt for everyone involved. As a result we have decided not to offer re-orders for titles that sell out during your book fair. We will use our intel to make sure you get enough copies of all the hot titles up front, so hopefully this is not an issue moving forward.

Q. Will you be sending us an Eftpos machine?

A. YES (with a guide on how to use the thing)

Q. What are your prices like?

A. Think BigW. (Except you won’t find too much of what we offer actually at BigW) As one of the largest children’s booksellers to the education market, our buying power is very good, and we pass those savings on. Also, for simplicity, we only have a few different price points too. They are; $1.00 / $2.50 / $5.00 / $7.50 / $10.00 / $12.50 / $15.00 / $20.00 & $25.00.

Q. Do I need to use book fair stock to spend my commission.

A. You’re not limited to the book fair stock, so you can use your commission to purchase anything on our website. And there’s no expiry either. After you’ve taken what you like from the book fair stock, we’ll add your commission balance to your online account as a store credit so you can spend it anytime you like.

Q. Do I need to count stock?

A. No, life’s too short! Counting stock is boring, so we don’t count it either.

Q. If you don’t count stock, how will you know if we steal it?

A. We won’t, so knock yourself out! 🙂 – Seriously… after 30 years in this industry, I think Australian educators are some of the most conscientious people alive. (James)

Q. Do you support Australian authors?

A. A big yes! Not only do we support Aussie authors, over 70% of Larrikin published titles so far are first time Aussie authors!! But wait, there’s more… We stock products from a broad range of Aussie publishers too, including small micro publishers. Did we mention we’re a fully Australian owned family business? yeah, that too.

Q. What’s Larrikin’s connection with Learning Discovery?

A. Larrikin House started as Learning Discovery’s publishing imprint. We are now one and the same, and in 2021 we officially merged both businesses under the Larrikin umbrella, so we’re now simply Larrikin House.

If you have questions we haven’t thought of please give us a call on 1800 841 569

Our rolling book fair cases are here. Woohoo!!!

Book Your Fair Now

Complete this simple enquiry form and we’ll be in touch to discuss the details of your Larrikin Book Fair.

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