Book Fairs and Book Orders

Over the summer, our indoor play place hosted a mini Scholastic Book Fair. I let my kids each choose and book and then I bought like six more for them. It brought back so many memories! That one week every fall and spring when the library was transformed into a bookstore was a major highlight of my elementary years. We didn't have a ton of money growing up, but the request to purchase books was never turned down. Plus quite a bit of money goes to the school's PTA (and my mom was president), so it was a win-win situation.

On Nolan's second week of Kindergarten, the Scholastic Book Order appeared in his folder. I basically took if from him to read through by myself. Getting the book order in class was the best day ever in school! I remember our teachers giving us a little time to look at it (probably to help drum up business) and I'd circle everything I wanted. Once I got it home, my parents placed a dollar limit, but it didn't matter...new books were coming!

I let Nolan and Milo each choose one item. Milo wanted a two-pack of his latest favorite, Pete the Cat, and Nolan chose a 10-pack of non-fiction shark books, which included a carrying case. Maybe I need to take my mom and dad's advice and establish a dollar limit.

Then, last week, Nolan's school library hosted a full scale book fair. After his parent/teacher conference (he's doing so awesome, we couldn't be more proud of him), we browsed. I could have spent a lot more time in there, but Jacob had to get back to work. I didn't even make it over to the 6th grade area to reminisce! Nolan went straight for the non-fiction section and picked out a book about prehistoric birds. Milo went with what he knows and loves, Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving.  

I spent my later elementary years with The Baby-Sitters Club and would occasionally read something from my sister's Little House collection, so that's what we always bought. Until my world was rocked by my 4th grade teacher who read us a little something from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark every day in October. I immediately had to have those books to freak out my younger siblings.

I stayed with the scary story genre in junior high and always bought R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books. My brother and sister got a lot of Goosebumps books, but I was way too mature for that.

Do you remember book fairs and book orders?
What did you read as a kid?


Allison said...

I think we read the same books! I LIVED for the Babysitter's Club (and Sweet Valley when I got older). Those Scholastic order forms bring me back - they were some of the best parts of my childhood years. I love that you're fostering a love of reading with the boys - such a valuable skill.
Nolan sounds like he's got the right idea in his ordering! ;)

Jen K said...

Yes! This post brings back so many memories! I loved R.L. Stine. I read every Fear Street book I could get my hands on.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

We don't order every time, but I do let them order at least 2-3 times a year. It seems like they come home so often these days. One of the orders always goes on during open house, so we go and pick out books in person. I remember being excited about it when I was a kid too. We didn't have a lot of money either, but I usually got at least 1 book every time. Rory's not really into it yet because she's just learning to read. Dain wants to read ALL THE BOOKS which makes me so happy.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I don't know if Rory will be a reader or not. She'd rather watch a YouTube makeup or hair tutorial. HAHA!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

AH! I wrote about childhood books yesterday. Love this post.

I am so excited just SEEING the Scholastic Book Fair.

I never read Goosebumps. I read a few R.L. Stine but preferred the master, Christopher Pike.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I used to LOVE book orders and the book fair! Best time of the year!

The book orders were how I discovered The Baby-Sitters Club. And a whole lot of other childhood favorites. And I still have some of my RL Stine and Christopher Pike books!