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SAVE THE DATE!

2019 Holiday Bookstravaganza at Barnes & Noble Grossmont

Saturday, December 7, 2019


We'll have visits from children's authors and illustrator, teacher-led story time, a life-sized storybook character in costume, student performances, and a gift wrapping station. 


Our special guests' schedules are final, the rest of the schedule may have changes. Check back a week before the book fair for the rest of the finalized schedule!

Our special guests

Marcie Colleen

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Award-winning author of THE SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS chapter book series as well picture books LOVE, TRIANGLE and PENGUINAUT!

Benson Shum

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Author and illustrator. Books include HOLLY'S DAY AT THE POOL, GO TO SHEEP, and HIDE AND SHEEP. Benson is also an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Morning schedule

10 | HOLIDAY SHOPPING with CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG

As you are doing your holiday shopping, look for Clifford the Big Red Dog who will be making a special visit to the store. (He loves taking pictures with kids!) If you make any purchases on the day of the book fair, be sure to mention Rancho San Diego Elementary School (#12551719) so that a portion of your purchase prize will be donated to our PTA. Our PTA funds science, technology, engineering, arts, and music education along with field trips, family events and more. 

10:30 | GIFT WRAPPING STATION OPENS

Let our volunteer gift wrappers take an item off your holiday to-do list by having your gifts wrapped right in-store. Gift wrapping is by donation and the proceeds go directly to our PTA.

10:30 | Opening storytime with librarian Brownlee

Mrs. Bette Brownlee is a Cajon Valley School District librarian for Rancho San Diego Elementary and Madison Elementary. She's also a former Barnes & Noble bookseller. We are so lucky to have her at our school!

11 | B&N National Storytime with author benson shum

Best suited for toddlers and preschool-aged children. Benson will be signing copies of his books.

11:30 | storytime with Author MARCIE CoLLEEN

Best suited for preschoolers and elementary school children in younger grades. Marcie will be signing copies of her books.

12 | LUNCH BREAK at RUBIO'S COASTAL GRILL

We have a tandem fundraiser running next door at Rubio's from 11 am to 8 pm. Grab lunch there and a portion of the  cost of your meal will be donated to Rancho San Diego Elementary's PTA. Be sure to mention the school for your lunch to be tallied!

Afternoon schedule

12:30 | ILLUSTRATION DEMONSTRATION WITH BENSON SHUM

For children of all ages with an interest in art, illustration, and animation. Benson will be signing copies of his books. 

1 | SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS BOOKTALK WITH AUTHOR MARCIE COLLEEN

For children who read chapter books (or are getting ready to!). Marcie will be signing copies of her books.

1:30 to 3 | TEACHER-led STORYTIMES AND STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Check back closer to the event for details! 

3:30 | last call for gift wrapping

Our volunteer gift wrappers will close up shop at 4 pm. All donations go to our PTA.

3:30 to 10 | HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Be sure to mention Rancho San Diego Elementary School so that a portion of your purchase prize will be donated to our PTA. Our PTA funds science, technology, engineering, arts, and music education along with field trips, family events and more. (Our book fair number is 12551719.)

4:30 to 8 | GRAB DINNER AT RUBIO'S coastal grill

We have a tandem fundraiser running next door at Rubio's from 11 am to 8 pm. Grab lunch there and a portion of the  cost of your meal will be donated to Rancho San Diego Elementary's PTA. Be sure to mention the school for your lunch to be tallied! 

About our Bookstravaganza

The Rancho San Diego Elementary School PTA organized this event to encourage children’s (and parents’) enthusiasm for books and reading ahead of schools letting out for winter vacation.


A portion of proceeds from purchases made on Dec. 7 will benefit the school’s arts, music, science, physical fitness, and technology education programs. At the check out counter, please be sure to mention Rancho San Diego Elementary School (book fair #12551719). 


If you can't make it on Saturday, in-store sales the rest of the week also count toward book fair proceeds. 


Barnes & Noble Grossmont is located at 5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr Suite 331, La Mesa, CA 91942.