Former OOM contributor Royivia Ferguson rounded up some of the tweets that made us smile and laugh during a challenging year.
This year was really tough. In fact so tough, one of you tweeted this:
2020 is giving me the exact opposite feeling that Scholastic Book Fairs did— Megan Gilbert (@meegangilbert) November 14, 2020
Yet, even in the darkest of times, finding sources of joy is possible. And one thing I could always count on to make me laugh were your Scholastic Book Fair tweets.
Teacher: “if anyone has money for the scholastic book fair, you may be excused to go now”— D Rose (@DamnDRoseTweets) February 5, 2020
Sometimes, your tweets were really simple and straightforward.
scholastic. book. fair. pic.twitter.com/LPDgw8iuC1— m (@melmadara) March 4, 2020
Sometimes, they were philosophical.
I think people are unhappy because they don’t go to Scholastic Book Fairs anymore— Rock (@TheCensoredRock) October 2, 2020
Some were philanthropic.
(Scholastic Book Fairs partners with UChicago My Very Own Library and the NFL Alumni Association to give books away to kids each year because every student deserves to enjoy the magic of the book fair!)
Reading is a key part to developing a confidence & a great vocabulary for kids. It’s the lack of quality reading materials in certain urban areas that contribute to nation wide literacy rates.I’m happy to support @Scholastic @mvolibrary @NFLAlumni @thecharlieboots #BroncosCountry https://t.co/XSOrr1aY3h— Nick Ferguson (@NickFerguson_25) March 20, 2020
Seeing some of my favorite authors in the Scholastic Book Fairs fliers for the first time was like the icing on a big bookish cake.
Oh yeah. Proud to announce that our Hair Love picture book is apart of the Scholastic Book Fair! Excited that even more kids will be able to experience the book. https://t.co/TeO4Fit1OH— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 18, 2020
My Bronx pride jumped out when I saw this tweet from Claribel Ortega, author of Ghost Squad! Alexa, play “South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions.
I wasn’t planning on crying after work today but I did anyway. This is the most surreal feeling in the world. The scholastic book fair catalog was my favorite thing as a kid, being able to get a book was the height of luxury (& I wasn’t always able to get one) now, I’m *in* it. pic.twitter.com/7AN7lupqKd— claribel a. ortega is not here bc she is writing! (@Claribel_Ortega) January 23, 2020
If I’ve learned anything from all your tweets, it’s that some of y’all are still chasing the high of the Scholastic Book Fair well into adulthood! Including me. I am “some of y’all.”
The equivalent to chasing the high of a Scholastic Book Fair as a journalist is closing multiple tabs after filing a story.— Tiffany Moustakas (@tiffmoustakas) November 12, 2020
We’ve all looked for the next best thing, but let’s be real, nothing comes close.
Why don’t they have scholastic book fairs for adults...?— Crutches&Spice : Rude For A Disabled Person (@Imani_Barbarin) October 23, 2020
Never mind. We have book stores, I guess. https://t.co/Vt3YUBq58b
And when it boils down to it, this second-hand joy might be the biggest perk of being a parent!
These kids got me spending all my money in the Scholastic Book fair - living vicariously through them. smdh pic.twitter.com/AVtX5iRis5— Robin Nelson (@robingnelson) November 17, 2020
A few of you wondered whether there would even be Book Fairs this fall.
everyone’s upset about cancelled proms and graduations but if this goes on there won’t be a Scholastic Book Fair in the fall. say a prayer for our nation’s youth— Owl! at the Library (@SketchesbyBoze) April 24, 2020
And yes, 2020 worked hard, but our Scholastic Book Fairs team worked even harder to make sure students and families across the country could still enjoy the magic that is Scholastic Book Fairs!
You’ve spent your whole life chasing the high of the Scholastic Book Fair. Now, we’re excited to reveal that EVERYONE and ANYONE can experience this unparalleled magic from the comfort and safety of your own home with NEW Virtual Book Fairs! Learn more: https://t.co/K0i6oJDTjN pic.twitter.com/1q0x1E2IrP— Scholastic (@Scholastic) November 9, 2020
So watching y’all lose your minds around Virtual Scholastic Book Fairs made a sad girl from the Bronx cackle…a few times.
MY INNER CHILD IS SHRIEKING https://t.co/7CIBrxuMMY— (@Knaishia) November 9, 2020
At first I chuckled, and then I realized: I *have* been spending my whole life chasing the high of the Scholastic Book Fair... https://t.co/ugx7giSicc— John Cusick **DIMENSION WHY** out now!! (@johnmcusick) November 9, 2020
So, from one Book Fairs lover to another, I just want to say: Thank You! Because your tweets got me through 2020.
And if you didn't know, Yes Virginia, There is a Scholastic Book Fair Near You!
“you miss me?” no i miss the scholastic book fair— trish (@ULTRAGLOSS) October 31, 2020
And in parting, for those of us continuing in our quest to match the elusive high of childhood, I leave you with this tweet:
Leaving the scholastic book Fair in 4th grade when my mom gave me $25 pic.twitter.com/Oa5HQXnEkb— zay (@zayskywalker) August 19, 2019