Stacking the Shelves #1: Book Box Day

As you may or may not have realized, my school and student teaching has completely taking over my life for the past eight months.  So much so that I received my November order for Scholastic yesterday and realized I still hadn’t unboxed October’s order.


Since I’m becoming a teacher, I have been doing everything I can to build a library for my future classroom.  I’ve also been looking for new books for my son to enjoy because my goal is to continue to increase his love of books.  Fortunately, he’s beginning to find his joy and that makes finding new books for him easier than I thought it would be.  For the sake of not having a terribly long post, I’ll only unpack October’s box so we can explore all of the new books I’m adding to my shelves or my son’s.


Cameron’s really found a love for books like Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  In October we were fortunate to find a collection of the Big Nate books for him.  So when I saw they had these partial collections of two of his favorite series, I couldn’t resist to order them.  He doesn’t know they are in the house and I’m even hiding my screen so I don’t ruin the surprise.  I have waited eleven years to have a child who loves to read.  Now that my son does, I’m not going to let the opportunity pass me by.


I enjoy taking advantage of the deals that Scholastic gives on some of their books.  Some of my books come the $1-$3 range on Scholastic’s site.  This helps me to build a collection without completely breaking the bank.  However, after taking my multicultural children’s literature, I’ve been trying to expand my book collection to include more diverse books.  This is not always easy, especially since I have not read many of these books.  But I like that Scholastic promotes diversity and has a catalogue that is dedicated specifically to it.


I have always been a fan of the Scary Stories collection as a child.  These fun short stories were part of my childhood and I’ve wanted nothing more than to share them with my son and even future students.  When I saw that Scholastic had a deal on all three books, I couldn’t resist.


I have never had the opportunity to read The Last Kids on Earth books, but I have always been intrigued by their covers.  I enjoy books about apocalypses and seeing the characters plight as they try to survive.  Several of my students chose these books as we scoured through the pages of the Scholastic catalogue, so I couldn’t resist getting the first two books.  Hopefully, my son and I will get the chance to read these soon enough.

Here’s a list of everything I received in my October order:

  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Make Way for Dyamonde Danial by Nikki Grimes
  • Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel by Charise Mericle Harper
  • The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier
  • The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  • More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  • Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
  • Tales from the Arabian Nights
  • Lola Levine is NOT Mean! by Monica Brown
  • Little Rhino: My New Team by Ryan Howard & Krystle Howard
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  • Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac
  • The Rough-Face Girl by Race Martin & David Shannon
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

Here’s the books my son is getting for Christmas from Santa. But shh don’t tell him!

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
  • Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) by Dav Pilkey
  • Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey
  • Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey
  • Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets by Dav Pilkey
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

4 comments on “Stacking the Shelves #1: Book Box Day

  1. Oooh wow! Very nice haul! So many books! Quite a few new to me ones! I hope you enjoy them all!

    My STS will be up tomorrow so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

    • I’m trying to expand on my knowledge of children’s books. Sadly I’m more familiar with YA. But it’s always interesting to find new and interesting books. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I hope you and your students enjoy all these! I still have my childhood copies of Scary Stories. I loved those books.

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