Monday, November 17, 2008

Scholastic Book Gallery update! (flickr link)

Taking just a moment to direct you over to a gallery of images I posted at flickr and first linked to here at ILTS about fourteen months ago...

- Please follow link to my flickr set: Nostalgia for the Scholastic Book Club of the '60s & '70s

Since posting that set I've received nice feedback from time to time from folks who remember reading some of those books and others like them via The Scholastic Book Club back when they were kids.

I've updated the gallery a few times over the months, as I'll stumble upon more of these old titles in thrift shops and used book stores.

Today I just added 39 more images of book covers and illustrations, bringing the current total of the set up to 226.

The timing seemed right, as traffic to the flickr set spiked dramatically over the past few days, since being linked to in a post over at Boing Boing last Thursday.

Crazily, tens of thousands of people looked at the set over the weekend, and the sudden additional feedback has been most gratifying.

Many thanks to BB's Mark Fraunfelder, and to several other sites that have since picked up on it, including the
On Our Minds @ Scholastic blog from The Scholastic Book Club itself, still very much alive and well, and still generating excitement in the classroom!

- The scans in this post are a sampling of the new images just added to
my flickr set:
Nostalgia for the
Scholastic Book Club
of the '60s & '70s

(click on link)


Preston said...

Do you remember the Bobbsey Twins books? My mother had a bunch of them and I remember reading some of them when I was a kid.

Sparkleneely said...

Your collection is fantastic!!! I have tons of them, too, but mine are much girlier than yours. ;) But to see that someone else has "Champ the Gallant Collie"... I love it!

And you conveyed the excitement of Book Club day so well... I still call it Lucky Book Club (that's what it was when I was in 2nd grade or so). those little "newspapers" and the day they arrived -- heaven. Thank you so much for sharing, as always.

Gunther said...

In Junior High in Wichita, KS, there wasn't enough interest in the Scholastic Book club and no teacher to sponsor it. Since I'd been a fan of the club for awhile, I asked if I could continue the operation, which was actually for teachers to run. I found a teacher to sponsor the club for me and I had a blast running the club for my school. All I had to do was fill the minimum order of $40 per request and I could order just about anything I wanted for myself. Teachers also got bonus gifts, including promo books, posters and teaching aids. I ordered anything I could get my hands on and the order box grew gradually larger in size each time, the teacher who sponsored the club for me never questioned my orders, she was just happy to have some one to do the work. There was a bit of work since I had to drum up enough business, then hand deliver all the books to students throughout the school. I enjoyed the club and my term as a "Teacher Assistant".

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