As a classical, liberal arts school, we love books. Throughout our lives, books have the ability to change us, enlighten us, challenge us, and provide new perspectives. Books allow us to travel backwards or forwards in time, around the world, and into worlds of imagination. For years, parents and students alike have asked us to host a book fair. We do also need to make certain that the books we are putting before our students are those containing the noblest, most beautiful, and most permanent things. It is with great delight that we announce our first ever Beautiful Book Fair!

My own eyes are not enough for me. I will see through those of others. Reality even seen through the eyes of many is not enough. I will see what others have invented…. Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege of individuality…. In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Here as in worship, in love and in moral action, and in knowing I transcend myself and am never more myself than when I do.

-C.S. Lewis

The Beautiful Book Fair will feature books from various genres, for various reading levels, in various formats, and at various prices, but all will be of the very highest quality. Click below for a list of available titles.


How to Shop

While the Digital Silent Auction is happening entirely online, the Beautiful Book Fair itself will take place in person throughout the week in the Forum. Students are welcome to bring cash to school to shop themselves during their class’s designated time to visit the Beautiful Book Fair. Please send any money with your students in an envelope clearly labeled with their name so it doesn’t get misplaced.

Parents are also invited to come to school to shop as a family during one of the afternoon and evening windows where we will be able to accept payment with cash or check. See below for the full list of days and times.

Special Items for Sale

In addition to the above, we’ll also have a limited number of special items available at the in-person sale, including:

Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack
with Plush Scottie Dog

Sold Out

The Little Kitten by Phoebe Dunn
with Plush Kitten

Sold Out

The Complete Works of Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
with Shakespeare Paper Dolls

Sold Out

The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West
with Magnifying Glass (for Sleuthing)

Only a Few Left!

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
with Breyer Horse

Sold Out

I am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry
with Plush Bunny

Sold Out

Digital Silent Auction

We also have a truly incredible selection of rare treasures and one-of-a-kind bundles hand-curated by our own Mary Pantin. These are available exclusively through the digital silent auction. Bidding is open now and will close at 4pm Friday, March 22nd.


Beautiful Book Fair Days and Times

Students will have an opportunity to visit the Beautiful Book Fair throughout the week at their normal Chess time. Please be aware that we have limited quantities available and that books will be available on a first come, first served basis. We encourage parents to come to school to visit the Beautiful Book Fair and assist their child in choosing books at one of the additional evening times below, especially if your child’s class has Chess later in the week.

Monday, March 18th
5 to 5:30pm

Tuesday, March 19th
5 to 5:30pm

Wednesday, March 20th
4 to 5:30pm

Thursday, March 21st
4 to 5:30pm

Friday, March 22nd
2 to 3:30pm

For questions about the Beautiful Book Fair, please reach out to our Dean of Culture at