St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School

Dear Families and Community of St. Anthony of Padua School!

We are excited to launch our Book Fair this year. We have a new vendor we are pleased
to work with. Hester van Braeden is an expert on children’s literature and runs a family
classical book business in Abbotsford called Classical Education Books and Love Your
Story. She knows more about children’s literature than anyone I have ever met!

In response to concern around COVID, this year’s Book Fair will be online only. Hester
has created a landing page for our school, where there will be book suggestions (by
age), discounts and incentives, and a wealth of information. You can visit the online
book fair by clicking on the link below. This link will be open indefinitely, so you can
take your time browsing and come back any time.

As our school continues to move forward with our adventure into Classical Education,
creating and encouraging a culture of reading among students, families and staff will be
a cornerstone of our efforts. Getting books into the hands of our children will
open up worlds for them. It is said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he
dies…The man who never reads lives only one.”

A package will be sent home with your child with information and a gift from
Hester. Please encourage your child to share it with you as we begin our journey together, families and school, as a
culture of reading. God bless you all.