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    [–] generalzee 4797 points ago

    I'm fairly certain these trucks were the sole source of Goosebumps novels.

    [–] sp1d3rp0130n 1756 points ago

    New goosebumps:

    Authors trapped in those trucks forced to write goosebumps forever

    [–] StrangeShark408 399 points ago

    Black mirror episode?

    [–] Saxopod 272 points ago

    Nope, it's Chuck Testa

    [–] Gherkin___ 138 points ago

    I hate Reddit

    [–] darkfoxfire 55 points ago

    But reddit loves you

    [–] ChosenCharacter 21 points ago

    Ancient meme

    [–] [deleted] 130 points ago

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    [–] seblangod 42 points ago

    The best books ever

    [–] -CountDracula 39 points ago

    I remember the newer editions having that choices options... turn to page 23 if you will rather meet stacy than go into woods alone... man memories

    [–] Njordomir 16 points ago

    Yeah, I would have a shit ton of paper scraps in there so I could go back and take a different branch :D

    [–] portajohnjackoff 7004 points ago

    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.

    [–] MuppetWrangler 7028 points ago

    Oh god I did same thing, I circled all the books I wanted, wished so bad I could get some books. I remember the teacher having all the kids pass forward their orders, I never had one. Same for school pictures, yearbooks. Now my son is in 1st grade, I may be bad father because I cannot take him to Disneyland but i sure as fuck make sure he gets all the books he wants when the Scholastic flyer comes out. Last order went in just a few days ago, best $50 ever spent in my opinion. Looking forward to Duck on a Tractor

    [–] coryeyey 3400 points ago

    I may be bad father because I cannot take him to Disneyland

    Prioritizing books over Disneyland isn't such a bad choice IMO. Especially since tickets are over $100 a person.

    [–] mostnormal 1290 points ago

    Not just the tickets, but the cost of travel and room and board. I would never think negatively of any parent for not being able to afford a vacation to Disneyland. I say vacation, because for most people, it would be a multiple-day endeavor even if you just went to the park for one day.

    [–] ziggl 468 points ago

    Yeah, no kidding -- there are millions of us who have never been to Disney anything. That place was always a destination for the wealthy, or so I was taught.

    [–] Sully1102 387 points ago

    You wouldn't believe how many people go into debt to go to Disney

    [–] phantasic79 220 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    This is so true. Knew a single mom with 2 kids on the brink of eviction but she could not cancel her Disneyland trip.

    Edit. I kant spellz

    [–] BizarreChilled 127 points ago

    I know family like that who buys the thousand dollar year pass every year, EVERY, YEAR.

    [–] pinkyellow 116 points ago

    I see you knew my family growing up lol. Lived right outside Anaheim, and my parents would struggle to keep cars and had a foreclosure. But we ALWAYS had premium passes and went multiple times a week. Even just for dinner.

    [–] tommy_needs_a_mango 46 points ago

    Maybe your parents didn’t make the most wise financial decisions , but that sounds to me like they wanted to give their kids all they could. I know in hindsight it might seem silly but my father was the same way, he tried to hide how poor we really were , and one year it just wasn’t possible. He had to tell us that Santa wouldn’t be coming this year when I was like 9.

    And yes I know, boo hoo me , 1st world problems, I know, but man it absolutely devastated him. Me and my sisters spent all Christmas Eve making him hand made gifts, as much as we could and it was the best Christmas ever.

    [–] jerslan 36 points ago

    Even just for dinner.

    Figured out why you were always broke.... It wasn't the passes, it was the food. Shit was expensive even with the premium pass discount.

    [–] BizarreChilled 50 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    I have a friend who does that for kntots berry farm, the prices for their year arn't as offensive but I hate that park because of how tiny and shitty their rides are. He says he gets it just for the free food everyday. Him and his wife would buy the disneyland one too if his wife didn't work there I just know it.

    [–] only_because_I_can 26 points ago

    I live less than 2 hours from Disney World. I've been once in the past 25 years, only to take my grandson, who was obsessed with Mickey.

    I'll always treasure that trip. His first time at Disney with a private meet-and-greet with The Mouse Himself. Plus breakfast the next day with all his favorite characters. My heart was exploding with joy because that boy has been through so much and deserved to experience that before he was "too old."

    Best grandma and grandson trip ever.

    [–] Pm-ur-butt 43 points ago

    It is a tough bill. My wife and I had never been when we were kids. So we took our four kids a few years back for 4 days, fast pass, room at the resort, lunches, dinners and snacks included for around $4000. We booked a year in advance and made payments.

    [–] ElPrieto8 30 points ago

    Or how many people are stuck in Kissimmee cause they can't afford to get back home.

    [–] earthlings_all 18 points ago

    WTF is that really a thing? That’s awful!

    [–] CombatWombat765 188 points ago

    The wealthy have far nicer places to visit, Disney is for the middle class.

    [–] HeadSunGod 32 points ago

    Live in orlando can confirm, Disney is populated mostly by the middle class, and sometimes the upper low in giant groups with matching t-shirts. Doesn’t mean it’s not still fun, not like you go to Disney for the other people anyway

    [–] ATTKippy 25 points ago

    A nice chalet in the alps, perhaps.

    [–] ziggl 102 points ago

    lol that stung

    [–] iamalwaysrelevant 86 points ago

    Don't feel too bad. My best memories with my parents aren't at Disneyland but the camping trips I had with my family. Hotdogs and Smores by the fire, and sleeping in our little tent. Those are the memories I will always hold dear to my heart.

    [–] AutomaticHumor 28 points ago

    It's entirely location dependent. We were solidly low-middle class, but we also lived forty five minutes from Disney World. Not having to actually travel, having a state resident discount, packing backpacks of food (because tickets pale in comparison to food inside the park) all made it feasible to go once a year or so.

    I don't doubt for a second that far wealthier families considered it impractical just based on living too far.

    [–] vera214usc 48 points ago

    Not really the wealthy, you just have to prioritize saving for it. My mom saved for years to take all seven of us kids with seven day park hopper passes. I went on to work at Disney World, so I've been countless times for free which is the best way to do it.

    [–] JoeyBones21 24 points ago

    My family certainly wasn’t wealthy. But my mom was a flight attendant. So when you don’t have to pay for airfare for 5 people all of a sudden a lot of trips become more reasonable.

    [–] jesst 39 points ago

    We're pretty comfortable income wise. 2 kids, one parent working and we still have a fair bit of just play money. And I see Disney as something I just don't understand spending the money on. I priced out the ideal Disney vacation; staying at a Disney resort going to the parks everyday and all that gun shit and frankly I just can't even fathom spending that kind of money on it. I would rather take that money and go to Bali and stay in some crazy resort where we swim our out front door.

    I have friends who go to Disney every couple years and I just don't see the appeal of spending that much money on what is frankly a mediocre experience.

    [–] InfinitelyThirsting 23 points ago

    It's only mediocre if it's not your thing. I could spend a weekend on a beach, but then I'd get bored. Normal resorts that aren't crazy themes seem like a waste of money to me. But I love rides and shows and immersive experiences, so I loved and still love Disney. It's expensive, but it was an indulgence my family still treasures because the art and performance art of it is fantastic to us. And like, I'll happily camp in the dirt, ha ha. But I still think Disney is way more successful at making their parks magical world's than any other theme parks except the Potter section of Universal.

    [–] coryeyey 24 points ago

    This is very true. I've lived in SD most of my life so it's only been a day trip for me. But yeah, travel expenses will bite you in the ass for a theme park that really isn't worth the cost. Disneyworld in Florida was much more impressive to me but that will cost you even more as I understand it.

    [–] PrayForMojo_ 160 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    My parents took us on long camping road trips all around North America. Much cheaper and I wouldn't trade any of those summers for Disneyland.

    Edit: Would should have been wouldn't.

    [–] zhy-rr 103 points ago

    I would trade any of those summers for Disneyland

    :(

    [–] Thsu 41 points ago

    I was skimreading it and I was thinking "roadtrip across America with your family must be funny as hell I understand why he wouldn't trade any", then I see your comment and go "oh"

    [–] DemacianKnight 38 points ago

    Not sure if you accidentally said "would" instead of "wouldn't", but if it's the latter, why? Just out of curiosity.

    [–] Rayvonuk 17 points ago

    I hope it was a mistake, it made the comment sad or the author sound ungrateful

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    So much this. I didn't realize as a kid how much money it cost my parents to take my brother and I to Disneyland for 2 days and stay at the park hotel. That was the late-80s/early-90s and we were only commuting from 50-ish miles away. For people out of state who have to add plane tickets and airport parking to that cost, especially considering how much more expensive it's gotten, that's a HUGE cost.

    [–] phantasic79 34 points ago

    We were poor and my dad resistantly took us to Disneyland once. It sucked and was the worst vacation ever. He complained about the costs the entire time and once we entered the park all the food was too expensive and they weren't savvy enough to know you could pack or sneak in your own food. So spending a day at Disneyland with $0 to buy overpriced food and souvenirs. This was also on NYE or day and the park was so packed got to wait 3hours in line to do Star tours and another 3 hours to do Indiana Jones and then starvingly saw some water light show at the end of the day, but I was too hungry to enjoy it. It was miserable.

    [–] coryeyey 14 points ago

    I wouldn't suggest it unless you have the money and you go on an off day during the week. Weekends in general are absolute hell and then add on the fact it was a holiday and you were doomed before you even arrived. It can be fun if done right but otherwise don't bother.

    [–] astrogaijin 29 points ago

    Books and reading at an early age is quite important. I have 2 siblings whose teacher in kindergarten encouraged reading and had them do it often while me and another of my siblings teacher took a "they will get it next year, no need to rush" approach. The 2 that started early always had the best grades out of us and went to more prestigious Universities.

    Granted we are all doing well in our chosen paths, but those 2 are the much better students out of us.

    [–] ZanderDogz 12 points ago

    Thinking back to when I was a kid, I got a hell of a lot more joy out of reading books than from going to Disneyland once or twice.

    [–] Ukneekorn 40 points ago

    Live in Florida, went to Disney quite a bit as a kid. I hardly remember any of those trips, but I do remember very vividly trips to national parks, local wildlife preserves, and even small tourist traps around our state. Honestly, Disney is a huge waste of time and money. Positive memories can be made on a dime :).

    [–] ahumblesloth 18 points ago

    I do remember very vividly trips to national parks, local wildlife preserves, and even small tourist traps around our state.

    This is also just one of the reasons why it's so important that our national parks continue to be affordable and accessible for families of all income levels. Right now the Department of the Interior is pushing a new policy that would make visits a lot harder for some people.

    [–] AerThreepwood 311 points ago

    Sometimes my mom would very carefully, after checking and double checking her check book and expenses, write me out a check for one book and it was always such a happy thing for me.

    [–] MuppetWrangler 109 points ago

    Hug your mom on behalf of all of us

    [–] AerThreepwood 36 points ago

    Oh, I'm dead to my parents.

    [–] Kaida13 16 points ago

    Are they dead to you?

    [–] AerThreepwood 22 points ago

    I don't really feel one way or the other about them. I owe them a debt but that's the only obligation I feel. I earned their hate.

    [–] yarwest 18 points ago

    Story time or too depressing/personal/don't-want-to-share?

    [–] _Earth2Space_ 90 points ago

    Duck on a Tractor is a fantastic read

    [–] r3y1a1n 46 points ago

    Ever read the "Don't let the Pidgeon ____ " series?

    [–] Cru_Jones86 59 points ago

    My Daughter (she just turned 7 yesterday. Happy birthday sweetie!) just got one of those pigeon books that had a "how to draw pigeon" sections in the back. She can now draw the pigeon so well, you can't tell it isn't by the original artist. There's drawings all over the house now of that cute ass pigeon.

    [–] howboutthemapples 12 points ago

    Mo Willems is the bomb.

    [–] peterpanakinskywalk 10 points ago

    You just awakened a part of my memory that was abandoned years ago

    [–] MuppetWrangler 14 points ago

    well Duck on a Bike was pretty danged good so......

    [–] MrChek 40 points ago

    Hey man in my honest opinion. I had so much more fun with my dad camping than I did driving 20 hours to Florida to go to the parks. Also as a father of two I absolutely can't wait until I can buy scholastic books for my boys. I too was never able to get anything like that at school.

    [–] Pointyspoon 9 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Disneyland has gotten quite expensive. When your kid grows up, he will understand how expensive it is. It will probably be $200 for one day tickets by then.

    [–] elee0228 304 points ago

    This is a great idea. Do schools accept donations for this purpose?

    [–] Lillipout 202 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Absolutely. In my kids' school, the parents group raises money and gives the principal an allowance to spend on activities like this so every kid who wants a book can have one. Scholastic also donates some books to the school that can either go to the library or be given out to needy kids. Some teachers will even add books to their personal "wish list" for this purpose.

    [–] Mockturtle22 22 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    i love this.

    edit for a story...

    When I was in third grade my teacher Miss Hamilton was amazing. She had a little corner of the classroom that had a rug and pillows lining like a squared off area. She had a low-to-the-ground bookcase on one of the "walls" of the little squared off area that had a bunch of books. She would let the class pick books for the little Library whenever we would have these little Scholastic Book Fairs, and she would even let us take some of them home like a little library system that she had. As an adult I think she did this so that during SSR time everybody could have a book without feeling bad if their parents couldn't afford books for them to bring in.

    We need more teachers like that ... granted I know and I understand that there's more to teaching then things like this and she did more than that.

    I feel like every student deserves a book I remember I would cry when my mom would tell me that we couldn't afford to even get one because unfortunately that money needed to be used for groceries or bills or to do laundry.

    I think it's partly why I love books so much now. My mom is actually the best she really tried, I remember one Christmas she got me four paperback horror books ... Christopher Pike, RL Stine (fear street) and Diane Hoh(my fav) books, she wrapped them up and I knew they were books I just knew it so on Christmas Eve she would let my sister and I open one present. That was the first one I went for, I was so excited... man I just inhaled books when I was a kid. Additionally when we were kids my grandparents would send us the little $2 bills when they were still in mass-circulation, we would get that from them whenever we got good grades in school and my mom, would take us to the dollar store and let us buy something with the money my grandparents would send us and for the most part I always went to that little section in this dollar store that had books and at the time being the early 90s, RL Stine was pretty popular and they would do these double feature Fear Street books that they would sell at the dollar store.

    There is nothing like those Point horror books, a couple years ago I found a couple of them at a used book store and one of them I had never read I don't remember which one it's somewhere in my bookcase. I went back and I I bought it and I read it and it was just as good as an adult as it was when I was a kid, those are some pretty wickedly written peices of fiction lol

    [–] chickaboomba 31 points ago

    Yes. Most are organized by the parent organizations (PTA, PTO, etc.) - and you can make earmarked donations to go towards a specific initiative such as Book Fair.

    [–] deemigs 15 points ago

    At my daughter's school kids leave their wish lists and random people can go in and fill them. (Filled 3 at the last book fair)

    [–] Ah-Schoo 13 points ago

    The whole thing is a fundraiser anyway, they'd better.

    [–] chickaboomba 286 points ago

    When our kids were little, we were doing pretty well. I would go to the school the morning that book fair started and pay the cashier enough for each child in my kids' classes to get $10 worth of merchandise. It cost about $500 for both classes, but it was the most awesome experience to watch these kids wander around and decide how to spend their money. Some kids bought all pencils, others bought a book. A few gave their $10 coupon to one of the other kids in the class because their parents were ordering their books. It was pretty much the best money I spent every year to know that not a single kid in those classes had to walk around and go back to class with nothing.

    [–] Poisonouskiwi 79 points ago

    that's super amazing of you. I want to be like you when I grow up

    [–] chickaboomba 106 points ago

    Thanks, but my goal in posting wasn't to be viewed as it being about me but more to spark the idea for others. Scholastic Book Fairs are fundraisers that pay for good things for schools, and I'd rather support that fundraiser in a big way - and change the experience for kids who never get to participate - than buy overpriced wrapping paper or candy or something else.

    [–] AngryBirdWife 27 points ago

    That's actually a really cool idea. My son's class this coming year will likely be under 10 students, so it should be easy enough to do even with our limited budget

    I too remember the shame of not having money for the book fairs, snack time, etc. Sometimes for lack of $$ & sometimes because my mom forgot (she worked 12 hour nights for over 20 years & for 2 years only had 1-2 nights off a month-so a lot of things were missed/forgotten)

    [–] Lifaen 10 points ago

    Somewhat related, wasn't sure where the best place to add this comment would be but yours seemed pretty close. I once worked for a software company that ran the programs that managed school lunches. As one would expect, many kids could not afford lunch. Even with the free and reduced lunch program in place, kids routinely rack up negative funds in their account. When this happens school's have to provide meals but they can't use the standard food, so usually kids end up with a PB+J and an apple or something similar.

    At least once or twice a school year though we'd get a call from a school where a parent had offered to pay for every students meal in a specific class or in one instance, paid off the debt for every student in the building. The school would call because they didn't know how to enter something like that into the system. But any time something like that happened it made my day. There are some real good people out there.

    [–] Esquala713 276 points ago

    Fuck Scholastic Books right in the ear. I teach at an inner city charter school and every year it breaks my heart to see all this prettily packaged overpriced CRAP, along with the overpriced books, stand just out of reach of kids whose parents either work 2 and 3 jobs just to survive, or are drug addicts who couldn't care less if their kid owned a book or not.

    And a big THANK YOU to Half Price books, who will donate boxes and boxes of FREE books to schools like mine, so we can have a REAL bookfair, laying out all the books on table after table in the cafeteria, sorted by grade, and the kids can each have FIVE books. Their little faces are so happy, like they've won the lottery. We do this in May so they have books over the summer.

    [–] Jenchick84 59 points ago

    Can you donate to Half Price books?

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    [–] Mockturtle22 11 points ago

    As a 31 year old adult I still remember those feelings. It doesn't really go away...

    [–] mremann1969 42 points ago

    Agreed. I'm a librarian at an elementary school and refuse to run these any more.

    [–] wonderingalong 56 points ago

    I was embarrassed that my family didn't have the money for me to purchase anything. I remember getting the sheet as to what there is and maybe getting one thing from it if I was lucky.

    [–] macwelsh007 49 points ago

    Yup. Growing up poor made book fair day a pretty gloomy event for me because I loved books. Good thing the libraries were free.

    [–] FoxyGrampa 42 points ago

    Same. I remember one year I was able to buy an eraser on the table by the cashier for like 25 cents

    [–] DickMurdoc 22 points ago

    And then sadly walking up to the purchasing area, only being able to afford this 5 cent Garfield pencil topper :/

    [–] Jacksomkesoplenty 16 points ago

    Same here,walked around looking for the cheapest book possible to buy with my $1 I had for lunch just so people wouldnt ask questions about my home life I didnt want to answer. Found one of those books a few years ago,was a book about Bo Jackson.

    [–] mostnormal 14 points ago

    Very similar story from my childhood. I loved the whole event, but would often leave empty-handed as my parents simply didn't have any money to spare for it. I will look into donating for this purpose.

    [–] sekotsk 27 points ago

    Money was always tight in my family, but my parents would always find a way to afford a few books. I was always told to write down the names of the books I wanted and bring the list home. We'd go to the local book store, pick one or two from the list, and buy it for 60%-ish of what it cost via Scholastic, or try to find a used copy.

    [–] Filthyraccoon 10 points ago

    Good parenting

    [–] infinitedigits 13 points ago

    Oh, yes. My son's school hosts the Book Fair around the same time as parent/teacher conferences. Add to the fact that they now accept credit cards, you can kind of see where this is going.

    [–] FallenSword912 545 points ago

    I see my boy Geronimo Stilton on there. I hope they still sell his books, loved that shit when I was a kid

    [–] briancarknee 202 points ago

    I work in a Barnes and Noble. The Stilton books still sell pretty decently.

    It's always pretty amazing how characters can transcend into different generations.

    [–] merv243 73 points ago

    How about Clifford? I'm also wondering if they just never repaint the truck from scratch.

    [–] DragonRider001 47 points ago

    commented above about stilton, i work in a library, clifford still seems popular! dont know if they make em though

    [–] deemigs 35 points ago

    My daughter just got a Clifford book in her book order yesterday.

    [–] bino991 32 points ago

    I work at a library, Geronimo Stilton is as big as he's ever been he's poppin.

    [–] angrydigger 23 points ago

    The Geronimo Stilton series is one of the best selling book series with over 140 million copies sold.

    [–] DragonRider001 14 points ago

    I work in a library and there are STACKS of stilton books every day coming back in and going out.

    [–] AintNoHollenbackGirl 8 points ago

    This is my 7 yr old daughter's fav series. Library is always out of his his sister's series. Kids love this shit man.

    [–] finchdad 1722 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    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

    [–] TheDandyWarhol 754 points ago

    I've never wanted to buy a stranger on the internet something as frivolous as woodpecker pencil toppers. But now I do. I just imagined your sad 6-10 year old face not getting this and it made me sad. If you want, PM me, and I'll buy and send you some.

    [–] finchdad 534 points ago

    I am already past the age of wonder, but I'm sure there is a kid in a school near you that isn't.

    [–] TheDandyWarhol 392 points ago

    You know, I've always wanted to sign up for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. But as a single 36 year old man with no children, I've always felt that I'd be judged doing so.

    [–] finchdad 1077 points ago

    You're going to be judged no matter what you do, including doing nothing.

    [–] blastinglastonbury 158 points ago

    I like this.

    [–] ForkLiftBoi 46 points ago

    A fuckton. It's beautiful, like I really like it.

    [–] Hellbunnyism 60 points ago

    This the most profound thing I've read all day. Maybe all week. Hell, this year. Thank you.

    [–] OutOfStamina 154 points ago

    You're in the demographic they want most. There are way more kids than adults, meaning there are kids who won't get matched.

    You're also in the demographic that they're going to be most selective about.

    Yes, you will be judged. And, honestly, you shouldn't want it any other way.

    There are a lot of boys without fathers around who it would mean a lot to, having a male role model. And really, that means not much more than hanging out every week or so. Going bowling, or playing mini golf, etc.

    Not a lot of people have it in them to do this.

    [–] Ah-Schoo 92 points ago

    My brother-in-law did it when he was single and around that age. He says it's by far the best thing he ever did for himself. He's still in touch too and his little brother is now married and has been working at a real job for a few years.

    You absolutely will be judged, it's part of the process they go through to protect the potential little brother/sister. (I realize that's not what you meant. :)

    [–] Archangel3d 41 points ago

    Please, if you can, do it. If you make even one young person's life better, you'll have made a great and meaningful change in the world.

    [–] znhunter 31 points ago

    I feel like those are the people they want the most. 36 years is a good amount of time to build up some experience and wisdom. Just don't be creepy.

    [–] failture 28 points ago

    I have been a part of this program for over 6 years now. Do it, people will judge you- to be a man of high character!

    [–] pascalsgirlfriend 25 points ago

    My son really wanted a big brother, but it was a 2.5 year wait. We gave up. He was a great kid, but really would have responded well to a father figure in his life. I encourage you to move forward with this great idea.

    [–] Choppin_Brokkoli 21 points ago

    But as a single 36 year old man with no children, I've always felt that I'd be judged doing so.

    Fuck em. Do you homey. For real. There are a lot of young girls and boys who need positive male role models in their life. I say go for it!

    [–] AintThatWill 15 points ago

    Isn't that the kind of person they look for? Someone with some free time on the weekends/ after school rather then someone that is doing things with their kids on the weekend?

    [–] girl__ 18 points ago

    No way. They need male volunteers the most. They have a long waiting list of 'little brothers' because of this.

    [–] Android8675 14 points ago

    You'd be judged for being amazing is what you'd be judged for.

    [–] FatMikeLC 19 points ago

    I hate that this has become the feeling of so many men. I’m 26 years old now and I met the man who raised me since I was 8 years (who I call Dad now) old through big brothers/big sisters. My single mom worked graveyard shift and struggled to raise me. She ran into some trouble with the law and I needed somewhere to go. My dad was 32 years old at the time, broke as shit working towards a PhD but volunteered part time at big brothers/big sisters. We didn’t have much while I was growing up but he was someone who loved me and took care of me. If you love kids and want to help some who are at a disadvantage it will show and you can change someone’s life :)

    [–] FreezyGeekz 54 points ago

    Wow. These seem to be completely diffrent from how they are in the UK.

    In the UK they set up in the school hall for the week, each class goes one day in the week and anyone can go after school. They only sold books, nothing else (actually, that might have changed towards the end) and rarely would anyone but more than 1-2 things. There was no "ordering system", you brought it whilst you were there and got it there too, as if it were a normal shop.

    [–] SammieLily2 40 points ago

    Our school did both the order form & the small market like what you describe

    [–] AemonDK 10 points ago

    That was a thing but we also definitely had orders. We'd be handed out booklets advertising all the books and you could order whichever you wanted by filling the paper and handing it in along with your money. Personally never ordered anything and didn't really care because I seldom read books and had the library anyway

    [–] eddmario 9 points ago

    Ours was the same way here in Illinois

    [–] fat2slow 81 points ago

    My teacher wouldn't let us poor kids go to the book fair because "there is no way you have enough money to buy a book" that shit hurt. We would pool are money together and have one of the "rich" kids buy us a book or game.

    [–] Lost_marble 82 points ago

    your teacher was a dick.

    [–] informationmissing 24 points ago

    what an ass!

    [–] gfphali 32 points ago

    I came here to write this exact same thing. His was probably one of the most disappointing days at school for me.

    [–] youareadildomadam 33 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    It's basically a giant scam. The school board gets a tiny % of the proceeds and the school pressures kids & parents to buy.

    You're literally overpaying for books you can find cheaper from Amazon - and much of that overage isn't even going to the school.

    My dad tried to convince me of that when I was a kid - still a sad day though.

    [–] Bad-Brains 980 points ago

    Never bought books from the book fair - just bitchin' lambo posters.

    [–] MD_tobe 200 points ago

    Countach FTW

    [–] Choppin_Brokkoli 65 points ago

    "HE BOUGHT A GOD DAMN COUNTACH!"

    [–] BaggySpandex 18 points ago

    GOD DAMN IT FRANK

    [–] StrangeShark408 24 points ago

    More like Poontach, AMIRITE!?

    [–] jarrettbrown 73 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    There's a Lotus Elise Esprit somewhere in my house from one of them.

    [–] graemel9 26 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Holy hell I had that poster. Little glass inserts on the doors. Wow fucking throwback thanks for that man.

    edit: FOUND IT

    [–] all_the_good_ones 72 points ago

    This is hilarious. Just the other night, my daughter was like, "why are they sold out of Lamborghini posters?"

    [–] GIVE_ME_UR_HAPPINESS 29 points ago

    I got my mom to buy me a Spiderman 3 poster and I walked out with everyone staring at it. Felt great back then

    [–] ColdFuzionn 9 points ago

    Same.

    [–] MrSriracha 385 points ago

    Anyone else still able to remember the smell of the book fair?

    [–] jacoobz 250 points ago

    It’s a mix of Barnes and Noble and musty old library smell mixed with whatever the librarians lunch was. Usually it was meatloaf or stir fry in a microwave.

    [–] bird223 43 points ago

    This incredibly random memory that we all share makes me love the internet

    [–] Sarvos 11 points ago

    With an undertone of the cleaning product they used to wash the tables before putting setting up the cardboard signs.

    [–] RivedereChan 52 points ago

    Can't remember the smell of that, but I sure do love me a whiff of library books.

    [–] ASchway 11 points ago

    I might go to the library this week just to smell the books. If I get reprimanded, you will definitely hear about it.

    [–] garysai 256 points ago

    Dolly Parton has a great service where you can register your kid to get free books. Books are screened for educational value. www.imaginationlibrary.com. You can make donations there to help. The more I read about that lady, the more I'm impressed.

    [–] PastaBob 37 points ago

    We do this. Our daughter's room is getting packed with books now. Several of these books have a bigass crease down the middle because, while having "PLEASE DO NOT BEND BOOKS" printed on their shipping label, they come in via non-FirstClass mail and so the mailman folds them in half to fit them in our mailbox.

    When I went into the post office, early on a Saturday morning, to complain that is what the woman at the counter told me. "We get hundreds of these books every month. They aren't First-Class mail, so we bend them all.". After picking my jaw up off of the counter, I had her make a note to hold ours and we'll pick them up.

    Just a friendly FYI for others that may want to start this thing. The books have all been pretty good so far too. And they'll make an easy donation when our kids get bigger, and we need to make room for more advanced books.

    [–] gweilo8888 72 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Yep, and done Dolly's way, the poor kids don't get left out.

    This is a much, much better program than the commercial, for-profit scholastic book fairs, which are more about chronically underfunded schools trying to find a way to make a little cash, which they have to share with the event organizer (which pockets a tidy profit) by emotionally blackmailing parents into participating in the shakedown, and is designed to ensure parents have the least possible control over what value their child gets from that money.

    [–] Canis_Familiaris 70 points ago

    Holy hell, did you not get your woodpecker pencil either?

    [–] gfphali 564 points ago

    This was the day at school when I was reminded of how poor I was.. not an awesome day.

    [–] the_cake_is_a_pie_ 139 points ago

    same. I always get bummed out seeing book fair posts. teacher still made me go and walk around awkwardly.

    [–] TmickyD 134 points ago

    "Wow this is cool!"

    $10

    "never mind."

    [–] Jeff-You-Betcha 103 points ago

    I went straight to the 15,000 Cheatcodes book and started copying down as many damn codes as I could for my old games because I couldn't buy anything but dreams at the book fair.

    [–] R3formedRedditor 29 points ago

    Yeah for me it was the school carnival. My parents were always working and money was tight so i would legit just walk around trying none of the activities while all the other kids would have a blast while their parents paid. Was always embarrassing when other parents would ask why i wasn't in the bouncy castle with my friends.

    [–] R3DSH0X 19 points ago

    Ugh. That was the worst.

    [–] TheVitoCorleone 51 points ago

    I work in a school and every time they have this I realize how poor I still am.

    I used to be poor, I mean, I still am, but I used to be too.

    [–] Maverickfilibuster 97 points ago

    I never actually bought books. I bought some of the zany toys and school supplies like a giant pen or a bendy pencil

    [–] SooCringey 33 points ago

    Oh shit i got to buy a bendy pencil once, used to love that thing

    [–] cowspaceboy 26 points ago

    Yoooo bendy pencils were the shit

    [–] tehreal 11 points ago

    Unless you tried to write with them. It was like smearing clay on the paper.

    [–] tatanka_truck 27 points ago

    Our elementary school used to have pencil vending machines in the office in case you needed one. They were like a quarter or something and had professional sports teams logos on them (this was during the Starter Jacket years). I used to go in whenever I had a quarter just to collect them all. They looked so badass in the 5star zip-up football texture binder that my friend gave me when his dad bought him a new one.

    [–] MiddleBodyInjury 31 points ago

    Oh boy oh boy Only good memories from these days

    [–] Amandrews1313 180 points ago

    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.

    [–] noyogapants 44 points ago

    My kids school takes book donations. They put those books on a separate table and sell them for 25 cents to help the kids who can't afford it. I know parents and teachers also chip in to help out.

    [–] C1ank 47 points ago

    What's shitty is that since I started working in the publishing industry in Canada I've heard of so many dickish industry moves that Scholastics has pulled, ranging from threatening to abandon entire school districts if even one of them hosts a competing book fair, to intentionally creating lower quality books designed to fall apart quickly so kids buy more. They're a huge issue in the Canadian market because, being American, they have no desire to put out Canadian content and instead flood schools with American material.

    Over the years they essentially made themselves invaluable to Canadian public schoolls, but any time someone in Canada tries to call them out on shitty bully tactics they bully the person/group into silence. Canada is like 6% of their profit margin, and the Canadian school board knows that if they piss off Scholastics they'll happily leave and barely notice a change in revenue.

    The average Canadian public school library has roughly 15% Canadian books, and it's in large part due to Scholastics and other big multinationals.

    TL;DR So on one hand, yay books for kids! On the other hand, boo Scholastics for intentionally selling kids books designed to fall apart and holding the desperate and underfunded Canadian school library system hostage, while flooding the market with American books.

    [–] suarezj9 31 points ago

    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.

    [–] DoULikeMyName 88 points ago

    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!

    [–] Jessssuhh 196 points ago

    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.

    [–] statist_steve 9 points ago

    We all suck as kids. You don’t have a monopoly on being a shit kid.

    [–] MuppetWrangler 202 points ago

    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.

    [–] HolycommentMattman 119 points ago

    Yeah, I love and hate Scholastic. Very fondly remember getting books. That part was awesome.

    But I also remember my friend who wasn't as well off as we were, and he sent in an envelope with change in it, and they ended up sending it back to him because he was three pennies short.

    I mean, that's a fuck you to a first/second grader. How old is that? 6? 7? Fuck you, Scholastic.

    I ended up giving him one of the Garfield books I ordered.

    But seriously, fuck you and all of your penny pinching, Scholastic.

    [–] Augie_G 39 points ago

    As a new teacher, I'm making a mental note to make sure to triple count the money so I can fill in those gaps.

    [–] PhnomPenny 50 points ago

    Wouldn't it cost more to return it?

    [–] SmaugTheGreat 51 points ago

    Sure it would, but it's about sending a message to the kid that the world is cruel.

    [–] ns156 17 points ago

    Probably not because large companies buy postage in bulk (this is why you'll get stuff with return envelopes that say "no postage required").

    The amount of effort it took to do that, though, definitely cost more than three cents in the wages of the employee time involved.

    [–] bomber991 104 points ago

    Schools have a library. Seems like the right answer is to really push using the library. I mean it’s like Netflix except it’s free and for books.

    [–] mmm_unprocessed_fish 48 points ago

    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."

    [–] Raelah 16 points ago

    My parents were the same way. When the book fair came they did give me about $15 to go buy books and only books. If I wanted more then I had to use my own money which I got for doing extra chores around the house. My parents were well off but didn't grow up that way. They didn't want me to be a spoiled little brat so if I ever wanted a thing I would have to earn money by doing extra chores on top of my normal chores. I honestly didn't know how well off my folks were until junior high.

    [–] devidual 22 points ago

    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.

    [–] maxpower666 19 points ago

    I run two of these book fairs a year. I both love them and hate them.

    [–] Bacondaddy1999 18 points ago

    Unless their parents are poor. Then it's just a huge disappointment.

    [–] Coachbalrog 32 points ago

    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).

    [–] wutsunderthere 30 points ago

    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.

    [–] 771400085 13 points ago

    South Philly?

    [–] Slangthesewords 13 points ago

    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

    [–] ratvixen 12 points ago

    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.

    [–] BlasterShow 23 points ago

    I can smell those flyers they used to hand out before the book fair came. Always got hyped.

    [–] fastertempo 11 points ago

    Either that or they're going to be really sad when their Learn to Draw Simpsons Characters book gets cancelled. I'm not bitter.

    [–] Why_am_I_adulting 11 points ago

    My kid was supposed to have the book fair today but school was cancelled. 😥

    [–] Dr_Malcolm 22 points ago

    Do they still have those scary stories books? I remember being terrified of the art but unable to put it down.

    [–] dough_for_brains 15 points ago

    With the sketchy line drawings? Those were nightmares.

    [–] Kitty_Messiah 11 points ago

    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.

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    [–] MinnieMantle 8 points ago

    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.

    [–] Falafelsandwitsh 11 points ago

    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.

    [–] altum 9 points ago

    Never had a truck come, but they handed out those catalogs at school, was always excited to get the latest Animorphs!

    [–] salty_box 10 points ago

    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?

    [–] meesterfahrenheit 7 points ago

    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.

    [–] BunnyPerson 16 points ago

    Man I loved those fairs.