40 Replies to “The kids in the school next door are about to have an awesome day”

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. So why does scholastic cost so much more than anywhere else? You can even find the same books at barnes and nobles for better prices? (not trolling i seriously don’t know why)

    We didn’t have a lot of extra cash when our kids were little so we told them if they found something they wanted at the book fair we’d buy it from amazon, or go to half-price books. I just couldn’t justify the prices they charge.

    We frequently still make family trips to half-price books. Picked up some Dresden files for myself good series.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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).


    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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