Literacy Awards

Through the Literacy Awards program, Buckeye Book Fair provides support to Ohio reading programs, Ohio public and community libraries, and Ohio school librarians and teachers by offering gift certificates of up to $500 to enhance their book collections or grants of up to $500 for an author visit.

Proposals for the Literacy Awards should describe a special project using Buckeye Book Fair books or participating authors and demonstrate financial need.

In evaluating applications to determine the recipients, the Buckeye Book Fair Literacy Awards Committee will consider the impact of the project, the financial need of the applicant, and evidence of careful planning in preparing the project.

2020 Literacy Award winners | 2019 Literacy Award Winners |


FOR FREE BOOKS – To apply for an opportunity to receive up to $500 worth of free books from the Buckeye Book Fair.

kids holding books

FOR AN AUTHOR VISIT- To apply for an opportunity to have a Buckeye Book Fair author, illustrator, or photographer visit your school, library, or reading group:

Author's Visits

Do you want the opportunity to have a Buckeye Book Fair author, illlustrator, or photographer visit your school, library, or reading group?


The deadline for applications is August 20, 2020. Winners will be notified by mail or email no later than September 20.

Submit your completed application by August 20, 2020 or request an extension, by emailing Send paper copy applications to Buckeye Book Fair, 527 N. Market St, Ste 2, Wooster OH 44691.

Literacy Award Winners

BBF Literacy Award Winners will be notified by email and mail no later than September 20.

Within 90 days after completing your project, please provide us with photos or videos documenting the grant’s impact.


Teachers & Librarians receive a 20% discount on school and library purchases.


Library Cards Project – Teachers will send library card applications home with students in advance of busing them to the local library for an author program and library tour.

Library and School Discount Information

At the annual Buckeye Book Fair, nearly 100 Ohio authors, illustrators, and photographers will meet readers and sign their latest works. More than 300 different titles—from all genres and for all ages—will be for sale, including many books on Ohio topics.

Librarians and Teachers Receive a 20% Discount

Teachers and librarians are encouraged to make purchases for their collections, and will receive an additional 20 percent off the book fair price when they use purchase orders or bring a letter of authorization on school or library letterhead stationery.

We provide an advance order option for teachers and librarians. If you submit your order by the Wednesday preceding the book fair, we will pull your books for you and the completed order can be picked up the day of the book fair before 4 PM.

Learn more about the Buckeye Book Fair authors and their titles by downloading the brochure. The seating chart in the center of the brochure has a layout showing the separate checkout for library sales.