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 host our second ever Storybook Festival in celebration of our shared love of stories and the worlds of wonder and beauty to be found between the covers of a good book. Each grade level has a unique schedule of events planned, but we will all spend the day listening to, reading, and participating in activities drawn from some of the best children’s stories.

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

Help us grow our Library!

Last year, our families donated over 700 books to our school library. We were sincerely humbled by your generosity and devotion to helping us ensure we have plenty of beautiful, classical works of children’s literature available to our teachers and students.

This year, we are again inviting all students to bring a book to donate. 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 you choose to purchase your books, please only donate books from this list. Books donated by Distance Learners may be dropped off at the front desk.

Amazon Wish List

Leave a Legacy

Our own Ms. Lucy Stariha (K-2nd Art Teacher) has designed this year’s beautiful custom bookplate. These bookplates can be inscribed with your child’s name and placed on the inside cover of donated books as a lasting testament to the generosity and citizenship your family showed in helping us ensure we have a library full of beautiful books full of truth and virtue.

We will be sending one bookplate home in every in-person student’s folder. Distance Learning students may pick up their bookplates from the front desk. Additional bookplates may be picked up at the front desk as well.

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. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you about times during the day when your child will be invited to log on to their regular classroom Zoom (in their storybook character costume of course!) and participate alongside his/her in-person classmates. Our Distance Learners are also invited to enjoy the play put on by our Specials teachers and to participate in their grade level’s Storybook Craft. See below for details.

Specials Play Performance

This year, our Specials teachers will again be staging a dramatic performance of a fairy tale for our students. A video recording of the play will be uploaded to Google Classroom on October 30 for our Distance Learners to enjoy during the day.

Storybook Craft

As part of the festivities, in-person students will create a special craft, and our Distance Learners are invited to as well. Below you will find two options for each craft: one identical to that our in-person students will be creating, and another which doesn’t require any special supplies and can be made using materials most families will already have around their home.

Kindergarten Storybook Craft

1st Grade Storybook Craft

2nd Grade Storybook Craft

3rd Grade Storybook Craft

4th Grade Storybook Craft

5th Grade Storybook Craft

Food Permission Slips

During the day, our in-person classrooms will be visited by a special guest and served a themed 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. Teachers will communicate the time of the visit with the parents of Distance Learners so that they can participate virtually and share the same snack at home if they would like.

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