Stories are at the very core of what we do at Great Hearts Irving. While great stories certainly delight us, they offer much more than simple diversion. Stories teach us about the world: about the way things are, the people that live in it, and the consequences of the choices we make. Stories take the stuff of the everyday world we inhabit and imbue it with meaning, destiny, and transcendence, transforming our imaginations and making them able to see the True, the Good, and the Beautiful not just in the imaginary worlds of the stories, but in the real world they imitate.

On Friday, October 30, the Lower School will be celebrating our shared love of stories and the worlds of wonder and beauty to be found between the covers of a good book in a special way. We call it Storybook Festival. Each grade level has planned a unique schedule of events, but we will all spend the day listening to, reading, and participating in activities drawn from some of the best children’s stories Western Civilization has to offer. See below for details.

October 30 is an early-release Friday; drop-off and pick-up will be unaffected by the Storybook Festival.

Help us build our Library!

Our numerous facilities improvements this year have allowed us to have a larger dedicated space in which to house our school Library which students may visit at various times throughout the day to borrow books for independent reading. Our new, expanded space invites us to build a larger permanent collection of beautiful, classical books, and we are seeking to partner with you to grow that Library.

As part of the Storybook Festival, we are inviting all students to bring a book to donate to the school Library. It is of the utmost importance, however, that we offer our students only the highest quality books. To that end, we have carefully crafted an extensive Amazon Wish List containing titles we believe are truly worthy of our scholars’ time and attention. Wherever your choose to purchase your books, please only donate books from the list.

Amazon Wish List

Leave a Legacy

Our own Ms. Lucy Stariha (K-2nd Art Teacher) has designed the beautiful custom bookplate below. These bookplates can be inscribed with your child’s name and placed on an opening page or the inside cover of donated books as a lasting testament to the generosity and citizenship your family showed in helping us ensure we have books full of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty to offer our students.

We will be sending home one bookplate in every in-person student’s folder. Bookplates for Distance Learning scholars, or additional bookplates for in-person students, may be picked up at the front desk.

Storybook Festival 2020 Bookplate

Artwork by Lucy Stariha


For the Storybook Festival, students will be allowed to come to school or attend their synchronous Zoom sessions dressed as their favorite character from any of our list of Classics to Keep or from our Amazon Wish List. Since students will be wearing the costumes during the school day, there are a number of guidelines that we will ask you to follow. Click here for detailed instructions on what is and is not permissible to wear.

Costume Guidelines

Storybook Festival for Our Distance Learners

Storybook Festival is a school-wide celebration of our love for good books and the stories contained within. This year, our school has Distance Learners, and we want to be sure to include them in the festivities.

Food Permission Slips

Each grade will be served a special snack. Be looking for a food permission slip to sign and return so that your child can participate. We understand that things like this sometimes get lost on the way home, so you can also download and print from the links below.

Kindergarten food permission slip

1st grade food permission slip

2nd Grade food permission slip

3rd Grade food permission slip

4th Grade food permission slip

5th grade food permission slip