(Confession #1: Even now, I can’t wait for my daughter’s order forms to come home once a month.)
The Scholastic Book Fair brings those flyers to life. Our school library was transformed into a veritable bookstore. We sold everything from Jerry Pinkney’s beautiful new picture book, The Lion and the Mouse, to posters of cute puppies.
(Confession #2: I’ve always fantasized about owning a bookstore. This was my chance, for a couple of days, to shelve books, talk books, sell books.)
And what fun Book Fair was! Mad rushes at lunch recess to purchase bookmarks and pencils before the bell. Baggies filled with pennies, nickels, and dimes, oh my! Children buying Christmas presents for their teachers and siblings. Happy faces over stacks of crisp, new paperback books.
(Confession #3: Of course, I added to my stack of reading while I was there…)
That should hold me over for a while… Happy Reading!
By the way, you can click over to Jane Yolen's journal entry for a complete report on NCTE fun in Philadelphia.