An independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, DC

Book Fair


Dating back to the 1960’s The Potomac School Book Fair is one of our oldest and most treasured traditions. This year’s Book Fair will feel a bit different but our goals to support our student's and communities' love of reading continues. In that spirit, Book Fair this year will include:

Book Exchange/Donation (K-6)

Monday, November 9 - Tuesday, November 10

  • Students in K-6 can bring to school and donate up to two gently used books their own grade level classmates might enjoy. Feel free to include a note about why your student recommends the book. Virtual students may drop off their two books at the school security gate on the 9th or 10th (include student’s name, grade and teacher). Books will not be accepted after the 10th as they will be quarantined until the exchange.

Wednesday, November 18 - Friday, November 20

  • Students will select one book from the donations made in their own classrooms to take home, even if they did not donate a book.
  • Remaining books will be donated to community partners.

Book Donations

  • Large donations of used books may be made directly to local community partners. Information about organizations where families can take donations of gently used books will be posted shortly.

Book Sale to benefit School Libraries 

Help support our school libraries by purchasing new books that will go directly to each of our three libraries (LS, MS/IS and US).  Our goal is to provide 100 new books between all three of our school libraries! Parents can include a dedication along with their donation if they choose. Click on the links below to donate and select the library address at checkout:

Michael Granger Library - Lower School

Arundel Family Library – Middle/Intermediate School

Engelhard Family Library – Upper School

Virtual Book Readings by Potomac Staff

Students can listen to fun books ready by some of our wonderful Potomac staff! More information to come.

Book Talk by Potomac Alumni

Join sports journalist Louisa Thomas ’00 and her colleague Mary Pilon on Thursday, November 19, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, for a reading from and discussion of their book Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard. This event will be moderated by Potomac faculty member Brian Parry. We welcome all alumni, parents, faculty, and US students to participate. Click here to learn more about the book and its authors and here to register.

Book Fair Bingo, Panther Puzzles and Activities

Students will be able to participate in a Book Fair Bingo, Panther Puzzles and other activities. Click here to link to the book activity page and below to print your divisional puzzles.


If you have any questions, please contact the 2020 Book Fair Chairs:

Smita Amin

Alicia McKenzie

Rachel Bedell

Ashley Walde Martin '94

Book Talk by Potomac Alumni

Parents, Alumni and Upper School students can join the fun by participating in Book Talks by Potomac Alumni

Thursday, November 19

Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard