Annual book fairs

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

  • This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program overview

  • Created to tackle summer learning loss, wherein students return to school after summer with lower academic achievement or skills
  • Provides books to high-poverty elementary schools for students to read over three consecutive summers
  • Students pick twelve books to keep, which are delivered on the final day of school
Issue Areas
K-12 education
Target Population
Elementary and middle school-aged children
Cost per Participant
Approximately $190–$244 per student

Evidence and impacts


Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by Social Programs That Work

  • Increased academic achievement
  • Mixed effect on SAT/ACT scores, depending on the program

Best practices in implementation

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