This year the book fair theme for many schools is the Wild Wild West. As a room mom and member of the local PTA this meant I was on the hunt for wild west book fair ideas, luckily our friends over at Oriental Trading were able to help us out free products, in exchange we were able to help out the local school. It’s amazing to see the book fair come to life! I was letting my friends over at the Oriental Trading Company know that my son’s elementary school takes it to a whole new level and I’m impressed with the amount of love and dedication that goes into this event. You can tell that the staff there truly cares and each day when I pull up into that carpool line to drop my son off I’m taken back by the amount of love that everyone has towards the students and in our case, even the younger siblings of the students who don’t yet go to that school.
Each night the parents are encouraged to read to their children for 20 minutes and even though we read each night we were not reading for 20 minutes. Yet it’s been a nice reminder to set our path straight, so to speak. That 20 minutes at night has helped align our priorities because while in the moment it seems like a long time to read silly books out long, in the long run, 20 minutes a day is not that much to give to your kids.
Wild West Book Fair Ideas
Below is a list of book ideas, each link will take you to YouTube where you can preview each individual book until you decide which one is best for your class. If you are a teacher, I would recommend sharing your book of choice with the parents so that they can join in with the fun at home. It might even be that the parents could find the book you’ve chosen at their local library.
Armadillo Rodeo by Jann Brett
Cactus Soup by Eric Kimmel
Bubba the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman
There Was A Coyote Who Swallowed A Flea by Jennifer Ward
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
DIY Bandana Banner by One Charming Party
Table Wagons by Learning Is Messy
Book Parade Ideas
For my son’s book fair all of the kids will be wearing denim pants and plaid shirts, we’ve encouraged kids to wear boots if they have any. My own son will be wearing tennis shoes but his sister would love the thought of wearing boots. I think she has 4 or 5 pair. Thanks to Oriental Trading every child will also be wearing a neon bright cowboy hat, which the kids love! Additionally, each child will also have a neon bright cowboy hat and we even found adorable cowboy vest for the kids to wear. There is a brown and black vest for boys and a brown and black vest for boys.
Before I go further into sharing more ideas I’d like to talk about these products for a moment. Overall I was satisfied with everything. However, there was one glitch and I hate to find something negative especially when it’s with a company I adore but the fact is my blogging platform must be built on honesty so that’s why I’m sharing the picture below. There are 23 students in my son’s class and only one student had an issue with the hats, ironically it was my son. He kept pulling on the sides of his hat and as a result, a wire came out that thankfully his teacher caught sight of because in a gymnasium full of kids that could have caused some serious damage to my son’s eye or to another child’s eye behind him.
I offered to throw the hat away but his teacher held onto it because she believed it would be an easy fix to use for future class projects. They were adorable hats and the kids looked adorable in them. However, that wire inside is definitely something to be aware of. It’s what holds the shape of the hat in place but my son was fascinated with bending it and ultimately broke it so just be aware that’s what happens if the kids end up messing with the hats too much.
I do wish I could share pictures of the kids with you because they were adorable but you’ll just have to use your imagination. One of the moms brought in pool noodle horses and so the kids came riding into the gymnasium for the book parade dressed up as cowboys on horses. Oh my goodness, it was adorable! Then at the end, they all danced to the CowBoy Dance song, it was enough to melt a momma’s heart.
Pony heads can be made with yardsticks
Sensory Cactus by Stay At Home Educator
Cowboy Dance by Jack Hartmann
Cowboy Bob by Munckin Music
Cowboy County by Jack Hartmann