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25 Things Every Book-Loving ’90s Kid Will Remember

Nothing like flipping through the thin pages of a Scholastic book order.

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1. The joy of receiving a Scholastic book order.

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Followed by you circling the things you wanted, asking your parents to cut a check to cover the costs of your many requests, and eventually having that glorious stack of books arrive at your fingertips like a children’s literature Christmas.

2. The more intense, exhilarating feeling of Scholastic Book Fair week at school.

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Some part of your humdrum school was renovated into a magnificent book silo for seven days of bookmarks, posters, and other memorabilia in addition to the books.

4. Reading Goosebumps when you were looking for something just a little spooky.

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Sometimes the books were far-fetched but entertaining, and other times they were legitimately eerie.

5. Reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark when you wanted to be full-blown petrified.

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The artwork alone was disturbing enough to ruin your night and have you sleeping with the lights on.

6. If you watched Full House, you definitely read the Full House spinoff books.

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There were so many of these oft-forgotten gems, which were written from the perspective of D.J., Michelle, and Stephanie. They were an expansion of the characters you’d come to know on TV, and it was hard not to read the words in their voices.

7. Wishing your school was as interesting as the stuff you read in Wayside School books.

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From being in a classroom on the 30th floor to having a teacher like Mrs. Jewls, school in real life paled in comparison.

8. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was one of your introductions to the alphabet.

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Before or around the time you mastered your ABCs, you were read the story of a bunch of letters falling out of a tree, which helped you familiarize yourself with the alphabet.

9. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales was the first unique, creative kids' book you read.

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It was hilarious and differed from any other fairy-tale-type stuff you’d come across for kids. It’s like the book version of an adult who treats kids like grown-ups, and that’s why it’s still entertaining all these years later.

10. Amelia’s Notebook made you want to keep your own legitimate diary.

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These books were so aesthetically intriguing, with the handwritten words and the little artwork for visual aid.

12. Feeling all of the emotions when Stellaluna was unexpectedly reunited with her mother.

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First being attacked by an owl and separated from her mother, then randomly finding their way back to each other — such a roller coaster.

14. Watching Matilda in theaters after you’d read the book.

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Then trying to make a glass tip over with your mind, in case you had untapped telekinesis powers.

15. Or reading the Little Golden Books versions of movies after you'd watched them in theaters.

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They were illustration-heavy, but it was like having a copy of the movie that didn’t require a VCR.

16. Reading and listening to Golden Sound books of your favorite shows and movies.

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In addition to illustrations and text, these books had little options you could press if you wanted to hear sounds from the characters while you read.

17. Learning valuable lessons from the Berenstain Bears family.

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Sure, it was stuff that parents, teachers, and common sense had likely made you aware of, but it didn’t hurt to have these messages etched into your young, impressionable mind.

18. Having incredibly high field trip goals as a kid because of the Magic School Bus books.

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Ms. Frizzle and them set the bar too high, because as cool as the zoo might be, it wouldn’t compare to going to outer space or the inside of a beehive, like these characters did.

19. Passionately despising dog abuser Judd Travers from Shiloh.

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Even after finding out Judd’s reason for being abusive, it was tough to fully forgive him for being a monster for like 143 of 144 pages. This also made you want a dog of your own if you didn't have one — a beagle in particular.

20. Wanting to be a detective whenever you read The Boxcar Children.

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The same can be said about reading The Nancy Drew Files or The Hardy Boys, which inspired you to do snoopy things and probably earned you the label of “nosy kid.”

21. Getting really into Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club or Matt Christopher’s sports books and binge-reading your way through each series.

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Sometimes it wasn’t limited to one specific series so much as various writings from an author you were fond of, like Beverly Cleary or Gary Paulsen.

22. Reading your way to food with the Pizza Hut Book It! program.

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The program rewarded kids with a personal pan pizza every time they met a reading goal, and it felt insane to be given a delicious gift for doing something you enjoyed anyway.

23. Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

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Depending on your age and interests, you may’ve begun with Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Teenager’s Soul, or perhaps even Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul.

24. Shopping at Borders back when they were a premier source for books.

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They’ve since gone out of business, but once upon a time, Borders was a magical place that any book lover could spend hours wandering around.

25. And finally, first discovering the pure magic that is the Harry Potter books.

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This was your introduction to a series that you probably didn’t realize would take you on a journey for the next several years.

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