The Scholastic Book Fair visits the library twice a year for two weeks at a time, and our fall fair was in October. Life is a little crazy during the Book Fair, with shoppers added to the usual chaos of check-outs, special classes, tutors, AR testing, technology requests, and other random interruptions. I forgot to post about the Book Fair, but I’m just now getting a chance to read the books I bought (the others been added to my To-Read List for 2011), so I thought I’d let you know about them. Time for another bookchat post 🙂
It’s fun to be the first to see what’s inside the boxes and shelves sent by Scholastic and it is always exciting to see what new books are out: beautiful picture books, new seasonal favorites, popular literature (SpongeBob, Justin Bieber, and Wimpy Kid among them), and always a table dedicated to the new theme. The fall fair’s theme was “Books are Superheroes.” Last year we did a lot of extra decorating, but the Scholastic setup is really quite enough, so we left it alone this year.
Scholastic is pretty great because they offer books (for children and adults) at a really good price, and they’re probably one of the only opportunities kids have to buy books if their parents aren’t in the habit of perusing books stores. Ever been to a book store to look for picture books? Twenty bucks, easy! So Scholastic’s prices are really good for kids. Although… even Scholastic can’t help the kids who come with 28 cents and ask, “What can I buy with this?”
Moving on… I tried to stick to chapter books this year, rather than picture books. My picture book library is already embarrassingly large, and I’m trying to limit new purchases to those that I foresee keeping for future children. So I bought three chapter books that looked interesting, and that I could then recommend to students after I had read them.
First off, a book that I have heard about from another blog (SouleMama): The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jaqueline Kelly.
All I know is that it is about a young girl from the turn of the 20th Century who is torn between the conventional expectations of her mother and the scientific endeavors she enjoys with her grandfather. A Newberry Honor book. Looks good!
The next book, Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine, is already on our shelves.
I imagine it would be popular with our fifth grade girls. Having read and loved Ella Enchanted at the same age (much better than the movie, although the movie was charming in its own way) by the same author, I think it will be an intriguing read. Looking briefly at the reviews on Amazon (I don’t like to read too many for fear of warping my first impression), it looks to be loosely based on the story of Snow White. I haven’t dipped into fantasy in a long time, so that will be fun!
The third and final book I bought (aren’t you impressed with my restraint??) is the sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, entitled The Best School Year Ever, by Barbara Robinson.
This is the only book I’ve read so far, so I’ve already written about it in my Reading Log for November. In case you’re interested, here’s what I had to say about it in my Reading Log:
“Couldn’t resist this at the Book Fair. Really cute sequel to Best Christmas Pageant Ever, though not quite as good. Class assignment is to compliment classmates—feel-good message but not quite as heartfelt as first book. Really funny stories about Herdmans and school life. Pretty funny in all.”
So there are my purchases from the Scholastic Book Fair! I’ll be sure to give reviews as I read them, and of course to let you in on my purchases the next time Scholastic comes to town. They should be back in March– I’m already looking forward to it!