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Selling Books | School Events

Working in schools

Selling Usborne books in schools opens up a huge earning opportunity for Usborne Consultants. From literacy fairs, themed events and school sales to readathons, there are lots of different ways that you can work in schools to help them get more Usborne books without taking up their precious time and budget.

Schools greatly appreciate the service that an Usborne Consultant provides. Usually teachers have to organise book events themselves, but as an Independent Usborne Consultant, you can arrange everything - setting up the event, recommending titles, taking the payments and delivering the books - and you can tailor your service to meet each school’s needs.

Most importantly you can offer them discounts and special offers depending on the total sales at their event.

Finding your first school

Because working in schools and supporting teachers requires an additional level of skills training and investment in stock, we ask that all Consultants complete a specific Educational Specialist Certification programme before they approach their first school. Once you are certified, your next step is to find your first school:

  • THINK about everybody you know who has a connection with a school - what about the school where your own children attend?
  • ASK friends and relatives with a school connection for a contact so that when you get in touch you can ask for somebody by name
  • LOOK out for school events and fairs in your local newspaper, go through the phone book to find out where your local schools are or browse the Internet for schools in your area

Usborne school events

Here are some of the events you can hold in schools to sell books and help schools fundraise to buy new books:


Usborne readathons (sponsored listening and reading events) are an easy way for schools to raise funds for books for their library. Ready, Steady...Listen! is for younger children who are not quite ready to read alone and Ready, Steady...Read! is for children of reading age. Whether it's in school time, at home, during the school holidays or in a 24 hour race, children of all ages can take part and ask family members and friends to sponsor them.

These easy-to-administer initiatives allow schools to benefit from books for all to share and enjoy, while encouraging listening and reading of books and stories at home and school. These are perfect for schools that want an exciting Usborne event, without holding a literacy fair.

You'll find Ready, Steady…Listen! and Ready Steady…Read! downloadable packs with everything the school needs to run one of these events in the Consultant tools area.

Literacy fairs

You can offer a literacy fair service to every school and they can benefit from great discounts of up to 25% and special offers - without having to lift a finger.

You can also tailor the whole event to suit your school’s timetable, curriculum and budget:

  • Class by class, for a particular year group, or the whole school
  • Themed around classroom and curriculum projects or reading events
  • At parents’ days/evenings and events
  • At fundraising events, such as Christmas or summer fairs

Where next?

Ready to get started working in schools? All you need to do is complete your Educational Specialist Certification to help you find your feet and learn more about selling and holding school events. Speak to your Sponsor or Supervisor to find out more.

"More than with any other type of event, I get a chance to see what the children themselves are really interested in – and make no mistake, kids still love real books with a passion!"

Dianne Devost, Supervisor


"Ready, Steady… Read! is one of the easiest reading events we have held and one of the most profitable! All the hard work was done by our local Usborne representative. I would recommend it to any busy teacher or Literacy Co-ordinator."