The kids in the school next door are about to have an awesome day


13 Mar 2018 22:06 - +6427
I didn't know schools still did this. I should connect with my local school to donate money for kids who cannot afford the books. I remember being embarrassed when I was a kid, pretending to shop for books and not seeing anything I liked.
13 Mar 2018 22:55 - +4251
I'm fairly certain these trucks were the sole source of Goosebumps novels.
13 Mar 2018 21:53 - +1583
I was always uncomfortable the day that the Scholastic book orders came in and me and all the poor kids got to watch the other kids open the packages of shiny new books and pencils and bookmarks. One time I managed to save enough money to order these little tiny woodpeckers that attached to your pencil and "pecked" at it while you were writing. I was so excited to finally have something delivered! When the delivery day came, my order wasn't there. They just stiffed me. It's like they *knew* that I wasn't a good customer. I never ordered anything from them again, so I guess they were right. edit: ~~new~~ knew
13 Mar 2018 22:29 - +911
Never bought books from the book fair - just bitchin' lambo posters.
13 Mar 2018 22:33 - +516
This was the day at school when I was reminded of how poor I was.. not an awesome day.
13 Mar 2018 23:12 - +448
I see my boy Geronimo Stilton on there. I hope they still sell his books, loved that shit when I was a kid
13 Mar 2018 22:56 - +359
Anyone else still able to remember the smell of the book fair?
14 Mar 2018 00:46 - +223
Dolly Parton has a great service where you can register your kid to get free books. Books are screened for educational value. You can make donations there to help. The more I read about that lady, the more I'm impressed.
13 Mar 2018 22:52 - +191
How can we make it so that every child in every classroom gets to order at least one book? No kid should have to feel that sadness and shame of not being able to order/receive books as the rest of the class does.
13 Mar 2018 23:31 - +173
I was a rich little shit in school, my parents were investors. When the book fair came into town, it was like second Christmas. The year after the GFC, we had hit rock bottom (unbeknownst to little me). I got upset at my parents for not buying me some dumb books, and instead stole them. My parents found out (like obviously your kid comes home with books you didn't pay for) and told the librarian. She had seen me do it, and payed for the books on my parents behalf. I didn't deserve that kindness.
13 Mar 2018 22:20 - +167
Love that these provide the opportunity for kids to purchase books they love, hate that the word purchase is part of the former part of this sentence. These were only fun for kids whose parents had the ability for them to participate. For everyone else it's salt in an open wound.
13 Mar 2018 22:42 - +81
If I have a nephew or niece that has this going on at school, I make sure to give them some money. These were the best days of school for me, unfortunately, I was too poor to afford to buy anything. Looking was still fun tho!
13 Mar 2018 22:17 - +80
I never actually bought books. I bought some of the zany toys and school supplies like a giant pen or a bendy pencil
14 Mar 2018 00:23 - +39
We weren't super poor, but my mom was always thrifty. Hell, she volunteered at my school's book fair and I wouldn't get anything. "You can get that at the library for free."
13 Mar 2018 21:43 - +31
Oh boy oh boy Only good memories from these days
14 Mar 2018 00:38 - +24
Pro Tip for parents looking to help: go to the book fair with your kid and bring extra money. Once there ask your child to find friends who have no money to buy books, then buy them a book or two. I have done this the last few years with my daughter and the lucky kids are so happy it's great (of course it helps a bit if you know the kids or families that need help ahead of time).
13 Mar 2018 23:12 - +24
When I was in school these were awkward days for me. We didn’t have money for this kind of stuff, so just kinda hung out in the library while other kids got cool stuff. Hope they figured out how to make this inclusive.
14 Mar 2018 00:36 - +20
Unless they’re poor. I hated book fairs as kid because my family was dirt poor and I could never get anything Edit: didn’t see that a lot of the people in the comments shared my sentiment. Good to know I wasn’t the only one.
13 Mar 2018 23:39 - +18
I can smell those flyers they used to hand out before the book fair came. Always got hyped.
14 Mar 2018 00:43 - +18
I run two of these book fairs a year. I both love them and hate them.
14 Mar 2018 00:06 - +17
Do they still have those scary stories books? I remember being terrified of the art but unable to put it down.
13 Mar 2018 22:52 - +16
Man I loved those fairs.
14 Mar 2018 00:30 - +15
Unless their parents are poor. Then it's just a huge disappointment.
13 Mar 2018 23:56 - +14
13 Mar 2018 23:55 - +13
GERONIMO STILTON Holy shit I've tried to remember this name for the longest time and the second I saw his sly mouse face on the side of that bus it beamed into memory. I remember my whole class always yelling and cheering when we saw this bad boy outside our school. Though, we may have been cheering more at the 30 minutes we got out of class to look through the books, than the actual purchasing of the new books.
13 Mar 2018 23:47 - +13
Damn, I remember books days. They would send out the flyers with all the books and other things which were on sale and my sister and I would spend days circling them and deciding which ones we wanted. Then when the actual day came around, we would HATE it... because we didn't have enough money to buy books while other kids bought stuff.
14 Mar 2018 00:09 - +10
My kid was supposed to have the book fair today but school was cancelled. 😥
14 Mar 2018 00:35 - +10
I loved these as a kid. We only lived 5 houses away from the library, so I was never short on books, but there was something nice about getting a new book. That said, looking back, my nostalgia is slightly colored by the thought that this is one of the best marketing schemes out there. Think of all of those kids who only buy one book a year. There is a good chance that book is a Scholastic, not because they are better books, just because they created an even where it was socially unwise NOT to buy a book.
13 Mar 2018 23:39 - +9
I'm starting Uni soon and this reminded me that I used to ducking love books when I was in primary school. Every week we had this "library bus" that would stop at our neighbourhood and literally every week for 4 years I would borrow a book or two and return it the next week when it came by again.
14 Mar 2018 01:28 - +9
This is awesome! I loved reading as a kid (I still do!) and the book fair was one of the most exciting days in the school year. Nothing like picking out my books, and excitedly sorting through the pile to decide which one to read first! Does anyone know if it's possible to donate to a scholarship for local kids who can't afford books? Which office in my town should to talk to about this?
13 Mar 2018 23:43 - +9
Either that or they're going to be really sad when their Learn to Draw Simpsons Characters book gets cancelled. I'm not bitter.
14 Mar 2018 01:06 - +9
South Philly?
14 Mar 2018 00:01 - +8
In England they literally set up some person selling books in the hallway or something equally shit. Book day was a day for the poor to realise they can't afford the same education even in public school
14 Mar 2018 02:23 - +8
I run an after school program at a K-3rd elementary school for low income kids. If I notice a kid looking at the book fair catalog and know their parents can't afford to buy them something, I'll try to see what book they liked and I'll buy it for them. Seeing their faces makes it worth it, specially since they don't expect it.
14 Mar 2018 00:25 - +7
I remember not being able to afford books from the book fair. Although now I can buy my kids books from the book fair, it felt good to watch them save and budget and decide what books THEY could afford with their own piggy bank money.
14 Mar 2018 00:34 - +7
Never had a truck come, but they handed out those catalogs at school, was always excited to get the latest Animorphs!
14 Mar 2018 02:14 - +7
My middle school does this. I took all four of my classes to the book fair last week, and kept note cards and golf pencils in my hands so that students could write wish lists. One of my students told me that I’m the best teacher, because no other teacher had ever given them the opportunity to actually browse and create a wish list. It made me sad to think that their other teachers hadn’t thought to do that. Here I am, in my first year teaching language arts, and I had this novel (forgive the pun) idea to let them make wish lists. What makes me sadder is how many of them can’t afford books.
14 Mar 2018 01:14 - +7
I was always the sad kid without money.

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