This past weekend I had to enter my orders for Scholastic book orders. Remember those? Even before being a teacher I loved book orders. I was the geek that was excited when the teacher put them out. I’d page through them carefully reading the summary for each book. Each one I wanted would be circled, and then the whole thing would be given to my mom to see what she’d let me order. The fantastic mom that she is, would always let me order at least one book. Even better than ordering would be the day they arrived. I would be so excited about getting that new book placed in my hands, the little order sheet tucked in the front cover. It was like Christmas!
Now that I’m an English teacher I’m the one handing out the order forms and the books when they come in, but my excitement isn’t any less. When the pack of order forms arrive in my mailbox I eagerly go through them (yes circling what I want!). And the day that books of book arrive, I’m more excited than the students! In every order there is at least one book for me. Ok ALWAYS more than one book!
I don’t know if you know this, but teachers get bonus points for each dollar spent. This last time I had over 1600 points! What a dilemma to figure out what to use those points on. In the end, between points and free books, I got 30 new titles for my classroom library! What I tell the kids is that even if you can’t order – you all get new books to pick from. Even my nonreaders get a little wide eyed when I share the new books for the bookshelf with them. It's a great day of school when the new books come in.
Do you remember book orders? Or am I the only book order geek out there??