Today I retired

Today I retired.
For eight years since my son entered first grade I’ve been running the Scholastic Book Fairs as a parent volunteer. Twice a year for a week I introduced students from kindergarten to 8th grade to the best books published for young people. From picture books to easy readers, from chapter books to middle grade and even young adult novels, from the big names in children literature to more recent authors, I’ve discovered year after year some of the best written stories offered to children in the US.
Today since it was my last book fair, I got a retirement gift.
Students made me a book filled with funny and warm small notes. I read them all, able to put a face on most names. I’ve met many boys and girls before they could read fluently, I’ve read picture books to them, I’ve helped them to pick their first chapter book and I’ve congratulated them when they purchased their first novel.
Today I retired from eight years of book fairs and I already miss my customers.

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