Scholastic Books for the Holidays

By Shannon Gosney
In Book Review
December 11, 2009

Scholastic logoI remember growing up with Scholastic books.  Do you remember the newspaper flyers you would go home with and choose the books you most wanted?  Or the book fairs at school?  I was actually just at one of the book fairs for my son who is in Kindergarten.  It may have been more fun for me than him – not sure? LOL  Scholastic has come out with some really cute book for the holidays!  Thanks to Scholastic, I received 2 wonderful Christmas books, that my family and I can enjoy reading this holiday season.  The books I received are called  The Christmas Magic and The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.  The artwork is beautiful in both works and the stories are beautiful.

Scholastic Christmas magic book coverThe Christmas Magicis a book about the magic that is present at Christmas time.  Here is what the inside cover says: “Far, far north, when the nights are longest and stars shine brightest, the spirit of Christmas fills the air with magic.  Santa gathers his reindeer, feeds them parsnips and berries, and polishes his bells and his sled.  Them, with great care, he chooses toys for every child in the world.  For Santa loves them all dearly – and he knows what each child’s heart desires most.”  Lauren Thompson did a beautiful job with this story and Jon Muth’s artwork is amazing!  Both you and your kids will love reading about Santa, reindeer, Christmas, sleds, snow, and more.  Christmas is not about getting, but about giving and this is a great story about this time of year.  Check out The Christmas Magic today!  It retails for $16.99 at local bookstores and online.

Scholastic Nutcrack Book CoverThe Nutcracker And The Mouse Kingis another wonderful holiday book!  I loved going to The Nutcracker (the musical) growing up and was excited to read it in story format as an adult.  It’s also a beautiful holiday story with wonderful artwork.  The inside cover reads: “On Christmas Eve, Godfather Drosselmeier has arrived with gifts of marvel and enchantment for his young godchildren.  Goddaughter Marie falls in love with a bewitching nutcracker doll and claims him as her own.  Yet when the clock strikes midnight, something terribly amazing happens to Godfather’s handcrafted toys….they come alive.  Marie is swept off her feet on an incredible journey with the Nutcracker in this astonishing classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman.”  Check out The Nutcracker and The Mouse King today!  The book retails for $18.99 in local bookstores and online.

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I received a copy of “The Christmas Magic” and “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King” from Scholastic so I could review the movie and write this post.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

205 Responses to “Scholastic Books for the Holidays”

  1. Linda Kish says:

    My memories of Scholastic books is buying them out at the book sale each year at my son’s school

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  3. *LyndiLou* says:

    I LOVE Scholastic… I remember bringing home book orders throughout Elementary school. In 2nd grade, we ordered so many books each time my teacher was earning loads of free books for the classroom. He would always put in little extra stickers with our order to say thank you! My friend just recently brought over her daughters book orders and my heart melted seeing those same thin paper ads filled with fun books just waiting to be read!

  4. denise says:

    I used to always love the bookfairs at our school. I always got to order a new Clifford book.

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  7. Dezi Allen says:

    My memory of Scholastic books is buying them out of the book order and feeling so cool when I got to do that.

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  13. franticmommy says:

    We love Scholastic books in general. We always look forward to ordering days at our son’s school. I think No More Monkeys Jumping On The Bed was the first book he ever bought!

  14. funny you asked bucause every time i see Scholastic Books, Scholastic Books Giveaway or those lil Newsprint flyers from a school it takes me back to when my school would have book sales and my mom would send me to school with money so i could pick out a couple or she and I would pick out a book or two form the cataloge togeather!

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  18. Christine W says:

    As a beginning teacher, I used to love it when we would have a Scholastic Book Fair in our Library each year. The only problem is that it would cost me some money as they always had various learning items and not just books that were wonderful.

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  25. gosfam says:

    My Memory of Scholastic Books is coming home from school with a new order form, and going through them circling the ones I wanted. I loved ordering and still have some of my books from when I was growing up.

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  35. Laura DeLuca says:

    I remember my grandmother used to read them to me when I was a little girl

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  39. Wendy M says:

    I loved when we got the Scholastic papers to take home to order books. I always loved finding new books to read and getting a few too.

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  43. Megan says:

    I loved my mom buying me Scholastic books through the book orders, in elementary school! 🙂

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  54. Vicky H. says:

    I think most of us have memories of reading Scholastic books. A lot of them were used for extra credit points in my school, where we could read them on our own time, take a computer quiz on it, and redeem points for various things.

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  56. I have raised 4 children who are grown and on their own. I had so many fun taking them to the Scholastic books fairs while they were in school. Also when they brought home their scholastic book order forms from school. We would all sit down together and go thru all the order forms and circle the books they were getting. So much excitement when they brought their scholastic book orders home and we then sat down again reading. I have a 7 yr old now, and we are able to enjoy scholastic once more. Great company!

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  60. Sue Brooks says:

    I remember the excitement of taking the Scholastic bookorder home each month and carefully selecting books to order, Now I get to share the same experience with my children.

  61. Renee C says:

    I remember getting the book order forms. It was so exciting when the orders came in!

  62. Aleksandra N says:

    I loved when we had a Scholastic book sale at school because my parents would always let me order 2 new books.

  63. Gina Ferrell says:

    My special memory of Scholastic books is reading them when I was growing up and now I am ordering them and reading them to my kids.

  64. sandy says:

    I remeber when they handed out the flyers in class and the orders went out and came in, sometimes that was just like getting mail

  65. Shannon Baas says:

    I remember the cool flyers

  66. Patti Hess says:

    I don’t have one specific moment I just know that whenever I ordered from Scholastic when I was younger..I would love to be taking my new book home …I would close my bedroom door and read and read until i was called for supper or bedtime


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  70. Amber G says:

    I have lots of old scholastic books from book fairs in elementary school!

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  72. Diane Baum says:

    Blog follower via google and even though my kids are grown still collecting scholastic books for my students.

  73. Marci says:

    I would bring home the flyers and always wanted some book or another. I ended up with a magazine subscription and on one of them I remember it had JJ Walker on it with the word DYN-O-MITE which apparently I thought was cool because I still remember it to this day.

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  76. Jill L says:

    I just got out one of my old Scholastic books that I got in 1st grade back in 1975. I got it for winning a reading contest and it’s signed by my teacher. I remember how excited I was to get the book. My daughter just read it to me today. It was pretty neat.

  77. I was a super bookworm as a child…..I would always earn my books by doing odd jobs for aunts and uncles and my parents. Then I would look over the Scholastic book order from school for hours before deciding which books I wanted the most.

  78. nan lara says:

    i remember always wanting to get a book..not for the book itself but they always had cool cat/dog posters if you bought something

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  81. Honey Mommy says:

    I remember getting book sales when I was younger and being excited to have my own books. Now I go to the warehouse sales and find awesome books for my little boys that are so cheap!

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  85. Jannet Tseng says:

    Yes, I remembered getting them when I was in an elementary school.

  86. Senaida Tapia says:

    my daughter reading one with me for the 1st time

  87. Tari Lawson says:

    I remember ordering a few in elementary school but there isn’t one memory that really stands out for me.

  88. I remember specifically in about the third grade it being a big deal that we got to go to the book fair, and that they had a TON of Laura Ingalls books. this would be around the same time as our class was reading Tuck Everlasting…..I remember my mom making me pick between the Little House books and just being devastated I couldnt get them all.
    Part of me has to wonder, the cost of the books couldnt have been then near what it is now, were we really in the shape I couldnt have spent 10$ and got more than the one book? I know I went to my kids week before last and spent 70$ but we got 9 books and a clifford stuffed animal….overall not bad.
    I totally love Scholastic, the book fairs and the flyers….where else can you get cute books for a DOLLAR???

  89. marge mckoen says:

    I remeber these in grade school library reading points program

  90. Tarah says:

    I was always excited to bring home the book order forms from school. I loved books and I still do!

  91. Suzanne Denys says:

    I remember in school buying from the Scholastic Weekly Readers and being so excited for the books to come. We’d get them at the end of the day and I’d be on pins and needles until then.

  92. Jeni says:

    I remember getting the order forms when i was in school i love to see my kids faces when the come home with them

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  96. Sue E says:

    I remember getting Scholastic order forms every so often when I was in elementary school. There were usually only a few of us who ordered book. We were allowed to go to a reading area to enjoy our books when they were delivered. Thanks!

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  98. As a teacher, Scholastic is a very important part of my life. I use scholastic products on a daily basis. The great thing for teachers is the points we accrue when families purchase books. Our school uses the points collectively, not as individual teachers. With those points, we have a full lab of materials that teachers can utilize and check out from. It’s amazing!

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  102. Elizabeth says:

    I remember ordering Scholastic books through the book order at school once a month.

  103. Brandy C says:

    i loved when we got to get the weekly reader order form. my mom always ordered a ton of books for me and my sisters and i was always the one who had the most books come in.

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  108. Brittany says:

    I remember circling everything I wanted, basically the whole thing

  109. I remember saving my money and waiting for those Scholastic Book Orders to come in so I could “shop” away! I loved ordering the books and now have quite a collection thanks to all those order forms!

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  114. Noreen says:

    I remember getting that order form and picking all the books I wanted. I remember when I got the books and I was always so excited

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  116. Annette E says:

    I always looked forward to buying Scholastic books when I was in elementary school, because my mom let me and my brother buy one each. That was a big deal for us.

  117. Sarah says:

    Sounds familiar but I don’t have any specific memory of them. These look like great books, though.

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  126. No special memories as a kid, but when I’m on a book hunt in thrift stores, I always know the Scholastic books are gonna be good ones and I pile them in my cart. There are not nearly enough of them!

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  135. brooke says:

    Heavens… when I was little that WAS the only kids books really… besides Dr. Seuss… Or atleast I thought so…. They are still one of the best…

  136. Wendy says:

    As I kid I loved getting the book orders and circling everything I wanted. As an adult, I think I take more interest in the order forms than my preschooler and do the same thing!

  137. Marcia says:

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  138. Ed Nemmers says:

    In grade school, we were able to order books at an unbelievably low price!

  139. Talitha Lee says:

    Scholastic book fair every year at school. It was like having your own personal book store that came right to your door. Thanks for the contest!

  140. Amy DeLong says:

    when I was a kid I couldn’t wait until the book fair!


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  142. I would lvoe bringing home the papers and cicling the books I wanted. Now my daughter brings them home and I am just as excited to pick out books with her.

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  147. amy d says:

    i remember ordering these books.thanks

  148. Kristin says:

    The thing I remember (quite fondly) is the Scholastic book orders in grade school…I used to love poring over the book choices and picking a handful…and then when the book orders arrived was the best day ever!!!

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  153. Maja Meza says:

    i grew up in bosnia. didn’t have those books.

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  156. Pamela S says:

    Scholastic has many great books and you can buy them through the school sales at great prices. I’ve bought my school aged children a lot of books, including book sets that way. Thanks.

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  159. Heather says:

    Yes I used to love to read them when I was younger and I still love to read them myself and to my nephew!

  160. Carmen says:

    I always loved getting that flyer in school! I never could convince my parents to buy all the books I wanted, but I’m sure they bought plenty. I still love to read – thanks to my family’s encouragement when I was young.

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  163. Gianna says:

    I remember getting order forms for them in school and buying books 🙂

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