School Partnerships

River Bend Bookshop loves working with schools, and we appreciate any opportunity to collaborate.  If you have an idea for a partnership not listed here, just stop by or give us a call to discuss.

If you are a current elementary, middle school, or high school educator in the Greater-Hartford area and want to stay informed about author event opportunities and other partnerships, join our Educator List now!

Contact our School Events Team for details: events[at], 860.430.6608

Authors in Schools | Book Fairs | In Store Fundraisers | Launch Parties for Young Authors | Summer Reading Fundraisers 

Author Visits In Partnership With River Bend Bookshop

Authors in Schools & Online

River Bend has the opportunity to bring amazing authors into our community - in person, and virtually.  Reach out to learn how we can work together to bring the right match into your school.  We have hosted Peter H. Reynolds, Alan Gratz, Aisha Saeed, Deborah Freedman, Rex Ogle, Lauren Tarshis, Stuart Gibbs, Terri Libenson, Sam Taylor, Max Brallier, Stephanie Garber, and many more.  

If your school has already booked an author visit, please consider us your partner for local book sales.  We are happy to help you with event logistics, and engagement strategies for faculty, students and families.

Does your school have an event scheduled and you need some help ordering?  Check our School Events Info page for School Coupon Codes and FAQs.


In School Book Fairs by River Bend Bookshop

Book Fairs

Why choose a local vendor for your school book fair?  On average, local retailers recirculate more than 30 percent of their revenues locally, while chains and online retailers recirculate just 13.2 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively.*  That means more money stays in town to support your local schools, which is exactly why you are holding that book fair in the first place!  

Schools are eligible to earn back a percentage of sales based on volume.  Our program is competitive with the national book fair corporations, and we offer a wider selection of books and less junk.  

Submit a Book Fair Inquiry and a bookseller will get back to you with details.

Host an In Store Event with River Bend

In Store Fundraiser

Hosting an in-store event to benefit your PTO, preschool, or other school-based organization is easy!   We are happy to provide private shopping events after normal business hours, or run events during our typical day.Contact us to learn more. 

Launch Parties for Young Authors at River Bend Bookshop

Launch Parties for Young Authors

Did we mention that we love a good party?  If your classroom, creative writing club, or literary magazine is celebrating the publication of their work, we would love to help you throw a glamorous launch party!  Let us treat your young authors like the literary stars they are.  

Summer Reading Fundraiser with River Bend Bookshop

Summer Reading Fundraisers

Let River Bend be your home for summer reading!  Confirm participation in our annual Summer Reading Fundraiser, and share our simple order form with your students and families for the easiest fundraiser ever.  Call the shop to learn more.