MKA to Host the Biggest Annual Scholastic Book Fair in the U.S.


MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) will host what organizers call the biggest annual Scholastic Book Fair in the country from November 4 – 9.

Confirmed authors during the Fair include David Shannon, Matt de la Peña, Jennifer Weiner, Grace Lin, Adam Gidwitz, K.E. Rocha, Mike Maihack and Gail Lumet Buckley. This tri-campus annual event, organized by the Parents’ Association of MKA, has become a highlight of school and community life, in addition to opening its doors to the general public.  

The times for the general public are as follows:

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  • Sunday, November 6th from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Middle School campus (201 Valley Rd, Montclair).  
  • Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Upper School Academic Center (6 Lloyd Rd, Montclair).  

During the book fair, two incredible events will take place (both are free and open to the public). On Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium (201 Valley Rd, Montclair), award-winning artist and internationally acclaimed picture-book creator, David Shannon will speak about his newest book “Duck on a Tractor” and sign copies after his presentation.  

On Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper School Academic Center (6 Lloyd Rd, Montclair), the MKA Book Fair presents Gail Lumet Buckley, author of “The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights With One African American Family”.  The evening will end with a book signing by Ms. Buckley.  

This five-day event typically grosses over $100,000 in book sales.  In addition to author visits and signings, the Fair has become a vehicle for tri-campus community building, teacher appreciation efforts, and outreach to MKA's partner charter schools in Newark, Kipp/TEAM, SPARK and RISE Academies.

Since l996, some of the world's most respected children’s authors have visited the Book Fair, including J. K. Rowling (the only school visit she made on her first-ever Harry Potter book tour to the US), Carl Hiaasen, Henry Winkler and many more. In 2003, the MKA Book Fair was the venue used by Madonna to launch her children's book Mr. Peabody's Apples. Students at the Upper School were also visited by Ishmael Beah, Luong Ung, Stephen Colbert, James Patterson and Sarah Culberson.

And in the early 2000’s, the Fair added two events for the community at large, combining shopping and celebrity author visits with R. L. Stine, Yogi Berra, Nathan Lane and Julianne Moore and many other well-known guests.

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