The Scholastic book fair is once again coming to our school next week. It will be nice to get some new books on the shelf. However, I was a little disappointed when the Scholastic flyer arrived in my son’s folder. I sat there at the table checking out all the titles of the books they were promoting and was saddened. Seriously, Scholastic you can do better than this.
Stay Alive #1 Crash? Cover complete with an airplane plummeting into the ocean. This is elementary school!! Good luck to the parents that are trying to get their kids on a plane for their next Disney vacation!
Zombie Goldfish, you can’t do better than that? That’s just disgusting.
What happen to books with meaning? Books that make you laugh and teach you a good life lesson? Well, I guess “staying alive” would be teaching a lesson, but this is elementary school. Am I being naive to think that kids should be wanting to read things a little more wholesome? Is it just me that finds these titles a bit inappropriate for K-4?
There are books that make me scratch my head and wonder how did this get published? Caldecott, really? Some of the books end up in the giveaway pile and others my children really enjoy…which then again leaves me scratching my head.
There is The Underpants Zoo. Now I get it, it makes potty training and wearing underpants more fun, but my kids are passed that stage and still love this book. Probably because it says “underpants” fifty times.
Then there is this Dragons Love Tacos book. A New York Times best seller. Really? I don’t get it. This was my “book by its cover” purchase, then I read it. Dragons like tacos but not salsa. Okay. 40 pages of how dragons like tacos. Well, my kids love it…I just wish all three loved tacos.
Don’t even get me started on DinoTrux. Awful.
I think some of these really bother me because I sit and wonder “how did this get published?” You see, my husband wrote and illustrated a REALLY great children’s book, but to get something published is impossible. I did so much research and no one was accepting new material. You had to have a literary agent to be able to submit anything. I’m constantly toying with the idea with just self-publishing it as a e-book, but I visualize it sitting on someone’s bookshelf. Oh well. Maybe some day. Meanwhile, I’m just staring at these books and scratching my head.
What are some of your kids’ favorite books that make you wonder, why? Do we have to read that one again?
We attended the book fair a couple of weeks ago. Of course we had the same issues as last year where they want books on predators, rattlesnakes, and Ninjago, but we still managed to get some good books for us all to enjoy together.
We picked out The Monster That Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber and illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds. I had never heard of it before. I’m now in love.
This book sends such a great message. It addresses bullying, friendship, and kindness. The boys just loved it. Apparently the “M” in Monster stands for mean. When Monster loses his “M”, he loses his mean. He starts acting differently and those around him take notice. At first Monster isn’t quite sure how he feels about this big change. The other Monsters tease him. Monster then realizes that being nice and not being mean is so much more fun. You make new friends.
This story is super cute and the illustrations are, for lack of a better term, just happy. Colorful and happy. We highly recommend you add this one to your bookshelf. We’re glad we did.