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Scholastic Book Fairs

OK, who has memories of the Scholastic book fair? Did it come to your school? What did you pick out?

I remember they sold sticker books, which I would always pick out... and I indelibly recall the edition of Call of the Wild I chose one year which I read approximately 3746287364 times. I hope that it is in my parents' attic and has not been eaten by silverfish.

EDIT: Baylake Pines. OH the MEMORIES! Holy shit... Mrs. Columbus still teaches first grade. Her husband's name was... wait for it... Christopher!

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yoshimi
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
i remember the bookmobile. i LOVED the bookmobile.
snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
We didn't have a bookmobile, but I always wanted to see one.
turbogrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
I had a bookmobile *and* the scholastic fairs. But I also seem to recall that after 3rd grade there was nothing at the fair that I hadn't already read or just didn't want.
andthesparrows
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh hell yeah! And Weekly Reader. I used to get SO excited when the books I bought were delivered. Like uncontrollably excited.
snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Ditto! Book fair day was a BIG day.
crafting_change
Dec. 31st, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
I adored the book fairs!!!!
angela_la_la
Dec. 31st, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
It came to my school every year. I pretty much never got anything, mostly because I didn't bring the memos home from school and thus never had any money. I know the first year I didn't realize it wasn't the same as the library and took a million books up to the counter, only to be told they weren't free. Embarrassing! I was also way ahead of my grade in reading and the book fairs were mostly "baby books" anyway.

I do remember getting a book about kittens when I was in, oh, second grade. My mother was annoyed because it was a picture book and way too young for me, but hey! kittens!

Edited at 2007-12-31 02:37 pm (UTC)
kazoogrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
I loved the book fairs, and always wanted more books than my parents would buy for me. I think I got my copy of Misty of Chincoteague from a book fair.

My elementary school also had a Christmas store event. In December, for a week, a little store would set up. You could pick out what you wanted to buy, fill out the form, get the money from your parents and pay them, and I think either pick up your gifts or have them delivered to the school. Sure, it was dollar store stuff and my parents paid for it, but I felt so proud to be shopping for Christmas.
snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. Misty of Chincoteague. The book fair knew their audience. I had forgotten about that particular example of horse lit. :)
editgrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
I do, I do! Some of the happiest days of my elementary school life were when the books would come in. I liked to order the silly posters too.
snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
OH YEAH! I forgot about the silly posters!!!
examorata
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
I loved the book fairs! But I liked the little catalogs just as well, really. My favorite acquisition from Scholastic EVER was the graphic novelization of Raiders of the Lost Ark. To this day it's the movie I can quote most from, and it's all because of that book. =)
snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
The little catalogs... I completely wish I could lay hands on one again, because I am sure the happy memories would come rushing back. I could pore over that thing for hours.
examorata
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
That's what I would do! I'd, like, sit down with my little catalog and my allowance and figure out exactly how much book I could afford. For my younger years, it's definitely all the book-buying I got to do, though we made constant trips to the library. (And then when I was older and had a bit more money, Bowie still didn't have a good bookstore!)
keryx
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Did NA get bookfairs and SBC? All my memories of both are from way early school life (like pre-3rd grade).
snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know if NA had book fairs before I showed up in the 1-3 grade range, but we had book fairs at Baylake Pines, my elementary school.
seraphsmorgan
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
We used to have this down in North Carolina, when I was in elementary school - I loved the how to draw books they sold, and got a number of those in addition to the regular books. My mom was always huge on making sure I had stuff to read, so the catalog was always well-used when it came around.
snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Did you ever have any of Ed Emberley's drawing books?
motorharp
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
I remember ordering books, but that's about it. More memory problems. I can't remember any specific books I got from them... oh, wait! I still have two books in "The Three Investigators" series, presented by Alfred Hitchcock, ordered from Scholastic Books. =)
snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
See, you remember about as much about it as I do. :D
csue_n_moo
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
I still have most of mine! (And some of my sister's.) Mr. Pudgins, the Pippi Longstocking books, Pop-Up Biggest book, all the little Peanuts cartoon books... Lotta ancient paper in our house. :>
ex_midwinte
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
I remember, and I also bought lots of sticker books! Also, the killer book
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I remember, and I also bought lots of sticker books! Also, the killer book <A href-http://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Dragon-Stephen-King/dp/0451166582>Eyes of the Dragon</A> which I still have.
ex_midwinte
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Wow I sure killed that! Eyes of the Dragon, obviously, is the book
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snidegrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: We're the boys and girls who go to bayLAKE pines....
I couldn't find any of that stuff on their site! You have an eagle eye. And they named the gym!!! After Mrs. Beasley!!! I am fascinated. In retrospect I reckon she was probably a great gym teacher.

I am trying to remember my 4th grade teacher... she was my favorite... we had that classroom in the back facing the playground... I have all my yearbooks at home, I'll have to check.
msteleute
Dec. 31st, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I would have to say the book fair was the ONE thing I looked forward to in Elementary school! Also about once a month we would get a Scholastic catalog and we could order books at that time. It made my day when my teacher would come walking into the classroom carrying those boxes full of books.
Things I remember buying:
Julie of the wolves, eventually every Ramona and Beezus book, Tales of a 4th grade Nothing, Are you there God it's me Margaret, Tiger eyes, A wrinkle in time, and of course every horror compilation available. One bookfair Brian and I bought a bunch of Mad Libs and filled them with "bad" words and got into ALOT of trouble for it. (My mom couldn't tell me they weren't funny though!)
chaoyote
Jan. 1st, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
paperbacks for the youth
We had annual book fairs, but I recall more vividly the monthly "Weekly Reader" catalogues that would be passed out in class, and my joy when the books would arrive in a cardboard box and the teacher would hand them out.

My childhood favorite: "Bunnicula," by James Howe.

(Incidentally, he's still writing decent books; I purchased both "The Misfits" and "Totally Joe" for my niece in a vain attempt to teach her the values of diversity and nonconformity.)
snidegrrl
Jan. 1st, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: paperbacks for the youth
Funny you should mention that, I just picked up a copy of Bunnicula that was pristine and hardback at the thrift store for a dollar. Score.
elsonscott
Jan. 2nd, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
We had yearly book fairs. Since we also did the mentioned orders from the catalogs (yay, piles of books) then they were probably by Scholastic as well. They also collected used books though and sold those as well and I got some great stuff out of that. Tom Swift Jr. was quite the hoot.
bjoneill74
Jan. 2nd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
They still go on..
We just got books for Aiden and Reilly..
they pop up at their daycare/preschool
binkitybonk
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
i had ALL the misty of chincoteague and bunnicula series books mentioned earlier. other favorites were the narnia series, the xanth series (by piers anthony), and bridge to terabithia which always made me cry. :'(

i always loaded up though. i'm sure there are a lot more i can't think of right now.
nightgarden
Jan. 7th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I loved the book fairs! We didn't always have enough money for me to get something, but my mom really tried. I got my first copy of A Little Princess that way. And the Three Investigators! OMG! I loved those!

The day the books came in was always v v v exciting. :)
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