Anyone remember those Scholastic Book Clubs from grade school?
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Can't remember WHAT though.
I definitely don't have them anymore...
Oh! I do remember one. It was Behind the Bedroom Wall - I might even still have it, I don't remember. It was a story about a girl in the Nazi youth league thing (the name for which I shamefully can't remember right now) whose mother was hiding a Jewish woman and her daughter in a hidey hole behind the girl's bedroom wall, hidden by her bureau. I remember really liking that one.
I used to spend my allowance on books from those things. Lots of Louis Sachar books, some Calvin and Hobbes collections...I loved getting those little catalogs.
Also when HP came out with a 4 book set ( a few years ago, when I was in college). I ordered it through my young cousin's school. Wonderful cheap books. :)
Who remembers the book fair & the book catalog from Scholastic with all the books? I loved it.
see how this habit starts at a young age??
I'm pretty sure I always picked the books with the most number of pages -- I mean, there was an entire MONTH between book orders! :)
Unfortunately, my Scholastic experience got a little tainted when my 8th grade English teacher began to bribe us with extra credit to order something "educational" out of the catalog. For some reason, what I considered educational (a good novel) clashed with what she thought was educational (calculator games?? come on!)
The Scholastic Book Club in 3rd grade was what kindled my love for Narnia. Plus, it was super exciting because I got 7 books all at once!
Anyhow... on topic... I never heard of this program til now. I was homeschooled all the way through high school so that's why. But if I did know about this... oh man. OH man.
Anyone do the "Book It!" program in school?
I know I read Jane Eyre in 4th grade... I followed it without too much difficulty....
My friend and I were just talking about this the other day. I completely forgot about those scholastic things until she reminded me. We never had them once a month though :(.
I remember the boxes would always be delivered sometime in the morning and the teachers refused to give them out until the very end of the day. It used to kill me to see the box just sitting there on the desk ALL day.
I also remember how much I used to love DEAR and USSR times. They were always my favourite times of the day but they were never long enough.
I LOVE Narnia, although really anything by C.S. Lewis enthralls me. Unfortunately, I haven't read the books in a while, so that's on my to-do list before the movie comes out. It looks like it's going to be a great film -- too bad it doesn't come out for months! It's always fun to find a fellow fan. :)
We had DEAR time too! It was usually 20-30 minutes long, but it flew by too quickly for me too! I always wished that we could have an entire day of just DEAR time. I don't remember having USSR time, though. What does it stand for?
Ohh yes, Book It. I hardly ever could fill up all the stars on those dumb little pins -- not because I didn't read enough, but because I just couldn't eat that many personal pan pizzas! I feel like I spent my entire childhood at Pizza Hut eating sausage pizza anyway!
The book fairs were fantastic too. It was especially great when we could help set up and have a chance to look at all the books before everyone else :)
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Before the fairs we used to get those little booklets that show what kind of books they'll be bringing to your school, and I would have to use it to justify why my parents should give me X amount of money for the fair. "But they're going to have this, and this, and that, and don't you want me to read??" Good times. :D
I read Behind the Bedroom Wall, but it was only 5-6 years ago. My mom is an elementary school librarian so she still does the book fair, and brings home interesting books to read before she adds them to her library. When I still lived at home, I benefited greatly from this since I could zip through the books before she took them back. ...thinking back on it, that's how I ended up reading Harry Potter back when it first came out.
I used to LOVE the Scholastic book orders. I was a real bookworm in elementary school and it was such a treat looking through the flyer and ordering the occasional book or two.
My mom teaches elementary school so those boxes are always at our house now on weekends too. And there's a Scholastic storehouse a few miles from our house, which occasionally has "teacher book sales" so I tag along sometimes and relive the happiness.
i love scary stuff!! but i remember ordering happier books from the scholastic fair, does anybody remember Rainbow Goblins?
Hehe, I remember that my teachers would always wait until the very end of the day and it would drive me up the wall!! who could concentrate on school when there were BOOKS waiting for me?
I always enjoyed the book fairs as well.
*sigh* If I could have some kind of career in the book industry, I could wake up happy each day. :Þ
And I totally remember those Book It coupons for pizza! *sighs sentimentally* Those were the days. I still spend too much time reading, but somehow this doesn't prompt anyone to give me free pizza anymore.
I always ordered so many books (having saved up my allowances in waiting then begging my parents for extra money) that one teacher I had always saved mine for last so she could give me the box to carry them home. It was maddening watching the other kids get theirs first, but probably a good plan; I was not a large child and might have dropped them otherwise.
still creeps me out though.
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