603 N. Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78703 512-472-5050 Open 9AM - 10PM The largest independent bookstore in Texas!
Teacher and Librarian Resources
Welcome teachers and librarians!
BookPeople has been part of Austin for more than 40 years. For much of that time, we have worked closely with schools and libraries to support their needs and goals. We currently go into over 80 schools a year to talk up books, feature authors, and promote a love of reading. We appreciate that you consistently call BookPeople for your event books, bookfairs, and other services. We love working with you.
Educator Discounts, School Accounts, and Bulk Orders
BookPeople extends discounted pricing to schools and libraries for bulk orders and school accounts. For more information, pricing, availability, and school accounts, please contact Michael McCarthy, businessaccounts (at) bookpeople.com.
We also offer a daily 20% discount to teachers & librarians making in-store purchases of classroom or library materials. Discount is applied at time of check out and a current school ID is required. Discount cannot be stacked with other discounts.
Personal shopping / collection development
Our Children’s Book Buyer is available for shopping appointments to help call out great new books from our collection for your school’s library. For an appointment, please contact Meghan Goel, kids_buyer (at) bookpeople.com
Every school year, BookPeople is able to bring many authors and illustrators into area schools for exciting and dynamic author visits. We are pleased to work with schools, publishers, and authors to set up these great visits. Some of the amazing authors we’ve been able to take into schools in recent years include Jerry Pinkney, Dav Pilkey, Mac Barnett, Sharon Draper, Peter Sis, Cynthia Kadohata, Jon Scieszka, Kwame Alexander, and more. If you are interested in more information about author & illustrator visit opportunities, please contact Meghan Goel at kids_buyer (at) bookpeople.com.
Do you need books for an author that's visiting your school? We are happy to help! For visits that are not set up through BookPeople, we do ask that you commit to a 20-book minimum. If you have any questions, please contact Eugenia Vela at kids_marketing (at) bookpeople.com
Bookfairs are a great way to promote reading, encourage parent involvement, and raise money for your school. We serve schools in districts in and around Austin. Recently, schools in AISD, Eanes ISD, Pflugerville ISD, and Dripping Springs ISD had bookfairs with us. We also do bookfairs for private and parochial schools. We work one-on-one with organizers to create an event that’s unique to each school. We serve all grades, all reading levels, and all ages. We offer both in-school and in-store bookfairs, and offer a number of ways for you to customize your fair. Our bookfair services include a 20% donation of to your school, classroom booktalking to build enthusiasm, personalized booklists, special author events and more. For more information about bookfairs, please contact Ellen Greene, schools (at) bookpeople.com.
Book talks are an exciting way to encourage readers to try something new and pique kids’ interest in reading. Going out into schools on a weekly basis,School Outreach coordinator, Shannon Brewer visit classrooms at over 80 Austin area schools each semester to talk about some of BookPeople’s favorite new books. Shannon does book talks in our store and at schools. Book talks are free of charge in conjunction with our Book Fair program. Questions or to schedule a book talk, email shannon (at) bookpeople.com.
Schools are welcome to schedule field trips to BookPeople. Field trips may include a store tour, a storytime, some shopping time, a Q&A session about the book industry, or a book talk depending on the needs of the school. For details and options, please contact Eugenia Vela, kids_marketing (at) bookpeople.com
Conferences & Events
BookPeople is happy to provide, and often discount, books for any author visit, conference, workshop, or other event where books are needed. Please contact Meghan Goel, kids_buyer (at) bookpeople.com for inquiries and quotes.
AISD Curriculum Programs
As part of our mission to foster a love of reading in Austin and actively engage with young readers in our community, BookPeople has launched a partnership with Austin ISD’s Office of Academics to develop in-depth curriculum tie-in resources that bring great books to life for Austin students. For the 2015-16 school year, our program will center around The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Austin area author Jacqueline Kelly. Details will be available at the start of the academic year. Sign up to receive emails about this program by contacting Meghan Goel, kids_buyer (at) bookpeople.com