One of the very best parts of being in elementary school was definitely Scholastic Book Fair day. There were few things (aside from seeing the TV cart waiting for you in class) that could rival the excitement of the book fair. There was money given to you in an envelope by your parents, tucked safely inside your backpack, the anticipation of going, and of course, the purchases you no doubt made after much deliberation.
While we definitely brought home some great books, there was also, of course, the accessories bins. The toys, the bookmarks, and more pens and pencils than we could ever actually use. The possibilities were endless! If you were lucky, your class might go twice, but you never knew, so it was always best to use your limited book fair time wisely.
There are some books that just stand out as book fair staples. Like Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. These no doubt petrified you, but you bought a new one every time, anyway. (There were at least three, so there was no limit to the amount of terror we could read through!) There was of course, the Harry Potter books, which were still new in our little hands, and the I Spy books that would entertain you for hours. No matter what you liked reading as a kid, here are 10 books we all definitely bought at the Scholastic book fair.
1. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
These obviously weren't the point of the Scholastic book fair, but they were definitely one of the very important main events of the day. You likely purchased this excitedly, read them at recess with your friends, and went home and panicked when it came on bedtime. We've all been there.
2. I Spy Books by Jean Marzollo
The I Spy books were another Scholastic book fair staple. Just like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, you probably spent the rest of the school day poring over these babies, trying to be the first person to find all the hidden objects.
These were only fun if you could actually, ya know, see the hidden "magic" image, and always turned into turning the book every which way, definitely getting a headache, and likely not finding the picture anyway. There were several of these, so every book fair was bound to bring a new one into our little hands. Just the way we liked it.
4. The Adventures of Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
Let's face it. It had the word "underpants" in the title, and elementary-age kids simply couldn't resist! They still cant, since the series and Dav Pilkey are still going strong, even today. Clearly not just a '90s kids thing.
5. The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine
If you went to the book fair and left without a Goosebumps book, did you really even go?
6. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter was still new when we were at the book fair! The series hadn't ended, and we were likely still discovering and wondering what would happen next. Ah, youth.
Arthur was a childhood classic. From the books we bought at the elementary book fair, to the TV show we watched when we got home, Marc Brown's beloved character was definitely a feature for the book fair, and one we loved.
8. The Magic School Bus by Tracey West
Because real school was so boring.
9. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
10. The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
Nothing made our childhood minds wish magic, time traveling, and awesome tree houses were real than The Magic Tree House books. Mary Pope Osborne made our imaginations run wild, in the best way possible. These were definite book fair favorites because we were always dying to see what Jack and Annie could get up to next!