My mother introduced me to the magic of reading at such an early age, reading aloud to me from magazines in the doctor’s office when we visited for those infant/toddler checkups. Books and magazines always enlivened our home — I remember big books of nursery rhymes and fairy tales, little Wonder Books and sets of encyclopedias. Later, I had a teacher who would read to us from the Trixie Belden mysteries, which left me with a lifelong love of mysteries.
Then my family moved to a singlewide trailer and a remote school on the Navajo Reservation. We left all our books behind, so I spent that first summer in the school library while my mother taught classes. I read and read and read until there were no more books I wanted to read.
But then they gave us Scholastic book catalogs in class. I was in paradise. I could order my own books to keep.
We never had Scholastic Book Fairs at that isolated place in the high desert of Arizona, but recalling the joy thumbing through those catalogs brought, I know what the upcoming Book Fair must mean to the youngsters at Payson Elementary School.
Payson Elementary School’s Scholastic Book Fair is Monday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 27 at the PES Library. Special events planned for the week include:
• Muffins for Mom – 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 23
• Donuts for Dad – 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24
• Grand Guest Goodies Event – 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, Grandparents and Grand Guests are invited to join students for baked goodies
• Fall Festival & Book Fair – 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, special guest appearance in library by Geronimo Stilton; 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fall Festival with appearance by Stilton from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Clifford visits the library – 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27.
Scholastic was established in 1920 in Pennsylvania as a small publication for students and has since become the largest publisher of children’s and young people’s books and other media in the world.