Do you let your child buy books at her school book fair? What about from those Scholastic book club catalogs that get sent home? How do you do it? By price (i.e. a dollar limit)? By number of books?
I must admit, I'm really a book snob. And cheap. Or, as I like to put it, discriminating. My daughters already know that some books are library books - that is, books that are not worth buying. Her school is running the book fair differently this year (and with, admittedly, higher quality books this year and last (not Scholastic) than in past years). The children come visit the fair, write down titles they want, and give the list to their parents, who are under no obligation to buy the listed books. My daughter is so well-trained (or perhaps I am so cruel), that she wrote "(library)" next to some of her choices, telling me that she knows I won't buy them but that she'd like to take them out of the library. However, I'll consider buying two of her better choices, both of which are books she's already read: The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies and The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker.
How does your school run its book fairs and how does your family participate?