Working with Schools

We love working with schools! Since opening in 2018 we've worked with 32 schools across Bristol and Portishead, helping them to organise author events, supplying libraries, running book fairs, hosting school visits, providing reading lists and donating books given to us by Crimefest.

With two specialist children's booksellers in our team, one a former teacher, we have the expertise and experience to help your school develop your children's' love of reading.

If you have any questions about how we can bring our love of books into your school please email

In the meantime, here's some kind words from a few of the schools we work with...

Forming a link with Max Minerva's has been one of the best moves I have made. Endlessly supportive, reliable, and easy to collaborate with, their input over the past few years has ensured that our pupils' appetite for reading has surged. Their  friendly team have helped me set up numerous inspiring author visits, half-termly book sales at school and bespoke book-choosing trips to the shop to both support and stretch our young readers. I often ask things of them, such as recommended reading lists that we advertise on our weekly bulletin to help guide parents, themed book fairs and golden ticket prizes awarded to the girls for dedicated reading and progress. Whatever I ask, the answer is always 'yes'. And if that wasn't good enough, all the books sold via school earn a commission that, guess what, I use to spend on more books for the library!

Sam Browning, English Co-Ordinator, Redmaids' High Junior School


Max Minerva’s has been amazing for our school this year. They have provided us with an array of fantastic author talks; that have inspired our children to become writers and to broaden their reading choices. (Many of my class have mentioned these talks as a ‘highlight’ of their school year.) They have also been an asset to our school in other ways too such as hosting a stall at our ‘May fair’ and helping us build a strong link with our local community. Their whole team have been really supportive and helped us every step of the way. They have been well organised and always arrive on time with smiles on their faces. I look forward to working together again very soon. 
Kate O'Neil, Henleaze Junior School 

Max Minerva’s is everything you could hope for in a community books shop – it has an amazing range of texts for children (and adults for that matter) and highly knowledgeable staff who are only too willing to help. They have been an absolutely marvel at arranging author visits for us here at High Down- something which is so vital at engaging the children in reading, writing and illustrating. The authors they have brought in have been fantastic and have really captured the imaginations of the children. I hope they are a feature of our high street for many, many years to come. Portishead is lucky to have them.

Matthew Welsh, Executive Deputy Head, High Down School

Author visits

When an author visits a school it changes children's relationships with books. It makes reading and writing more enjoyable, rewarding, and appealing. It brings stories to life and shows that anyone can be writer, with a little imagination and hard work.

Most of the author visits we organise are free to the school, although the authors and publishers do ask that you encourage parents to buy books if possible. To aid this, we create a per-order page on our website in the run-up to the event, deliver the books to you and deal with any queries from parents about their purchases. We can either offer a 15% discount on the purchase price of the book, or give your school 15% of the sales, whichever you'd prefer.

Please email for more information

Book fairs

Book fairs can be a great way to raise money for your school and to further engage your pupils with books. We can organise book fairs around specific topics - History, Crime & Mystery, STEM, Nature, etc. - or bring a little bit of everything. You'll receive 15% of any sales and we'll take away any unsold books. We can provide book stalls for Christmas or summer fairs, or make it a termly event.

Please email for more information

Library restocking and reading lists

We regularly help schools restock their libraries and classrooms. We offer a 30% discount on the retail price for orders over £1000 or 15% for orders under £1000 and will deliver the books directly to you.

Want some reading inspiration for the term's topic? We'll curate a list of books based on the theme and specified age range. From environmentalism to inclusivity, young adult to pre-school, our lists of fiction and non-fiction titles will provide a book for every child to enjoy.

Please email for more information

Wish lists

Online wish lists are a great way to encourage parents to donate books to your school library and we have a few options for how to do this...

For September 2023 we'll be able to host your wishlist on our website. You send us the ISBNs of the books you'd like donated, we create the wishlist for you to share with parents, they choose which book they want to buy and we ship the purchased books to you. Furthermore, you'll get 15% of any sales back to spend with us on more books for your library.

Until then, we can create an online wish list of books on, following the same steps.

Alternatively, we can create a page on our website where parents can choose to donate money for a specific type of book, e.g. £6.99 for a picture book, £7.99 for a chapter book, £9.99 for a non-fiction book. We'll then use that money to order your wish list of books and ship them directly to you, with a 15% discount on the retail price.

Please email for more information

Visit our shop

Whether it's to reward your student librarians, encourage your reluctant readers, or give your pupils an idea of how a bookshop works, we'd be happy to host a school visit. We can provide story time sessions for the younger children, discuss career opportunities with the elder pupils, or treat small groups to cake and tailored recommendations.

Please email for more information