September 18, 2014
Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends
Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!
Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!
Question for the Author: Out of the 25 characters featured in Hello Kitty Crochet, do you have a favorite?
Mei Li Lee: If I could choose two, I would say Hangyodon and Badtz Maru. Hangyodon because I’ve always been fascinated with the character as a child. It always reminded me of a cuter version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As for Badtz Maru, I was really happy with the way he turned out! Some of the Sanrio amigurumi took me a few tries but with Badtz, I had the pattern locked down right away. He was such a joy to make.
What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
September 17, 2014
A Couple (or More) of My Favorite Things: A Highly Persuasive Article by Maggie B.
I love reading. I also love drawing. This makes graphic novels a combination of two favorites of mine. They are books, but the artwork within ensures that by reading any graphic novel, you are seeing the exact story an author imagined. Every character and event (fictional or otherwise) is portrayed in a way the graphic novelist wanted to show it to you.
Furthermore, art and words cannot always represent everything their creator wants them to. As a duo, however, they are unstoppable! One can give the general idea while the other elaborates, or both words and pictures can work together to become something they couldn’t be on their own, working in tandem to give an idea as well as the meaning behind it.
Most importantly, reading a graphic novel is lots of fun! I can be a reader and a viewer, given a window into someone’s mind. Graphic novels are different from any other type of book because there is a perfect graphic novel for everyone. There are graphic novel biographies, fantasies, romances, science fiction stories, and almost anything else you could think of. There may even be a graphic novel adaptation of your favorite book!
I think everyone should try reading a graphic novel; you might fall in love with them like I did.
Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council Member
September 16, 2014
Would You Rather Be Hermione Granger?
If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you know that Hermione has been in some very scary situations. Since September 19th is Hermione’s birthday, we’re celebrating with today’s Would You Rather quiz. So raise a glass of butterbeer, and get your wands ready to answer the following questions inspired by Hermione’s adventures!
Would You Rather . . .
- Fight a mountain troll OR a Dementor?
- Go to the Yule Ball with Victor Krum OR Ron Weasley?
- Be the smartest kid in the class like Hermione OR the “chosen one” like Harry?
- Have a cat like Crookshanks OR a rat like Scabbers?
- Be in Ravenclaw OR Hufflepuff? (If you couldn’t be in Gryffindor!)
- Learn spells from Hermione OR learn practical jokes from Fred & George?
- Use a Time-Turner to take extra classes OR just take the normal amount of classes?
- Have a scar on your forehead OR crazy-frizzy hair?
- See Hermione marry Ron OR see Hermione marry Harry? (even J. K. Rowling has mixed feelings on this one!)
Leave your answers (and birthday wishes to Hermione!) in the Comments below!
Ratha, STACKS Writer
September 15, 2014
Create a Caption for These Amazing Dogs!
Dogs can do some pretty cool tricks, but how many dogs do you know that can skateboard? Thanks to Guinness World Records 2015 – a treasure trove of weird, amazing, goofy, and straight-up bizarre photos and facts—we now know that a dog named Norman scooted 30 meters (98 feet in) only 20.77 seconds, making him the world’s fastest dog on a scooter. Bet you didn’t know there was even a record for that! Continue reading
September 12, 2014
Girl Meets World Cast Interviews
Do you love Girl Meets World? We interviewed Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carter who play Riley and Maya on the show. Among their classmates is an intelligent and quirky boy named Farkle (played by 14-year-old Corey Fogelmanis) and Riley’s crush, Lucas (played by Peyton Meyer) who has relocated from Texas and is adjusting to life in the city. Read on for interviews with these two boys from the show.
Introducing COREY FOGELMANIS & PEYTON MEYER!
Peyton, tell me about your character. What do you like about him? Continue reading
September 10, 2014
The BFG: The Movie!
Calling all Roald Dahl lovers! We have some fantastic news! (“Who is Roald Dahl?” you ask? You know Roald Dahl’s funny fantasy books like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, just to name a few. He is so awesome that his birthday, September 13, is now known as Roald Dahl Day.)
Dahl’s fabulous book The BFG is being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg, the super-famous guy who directed The Adventures of Tintin and E.T. (rated PG). The BFG movie is scheduled to be in theaters in 2016. If it’s anything like the book, it will be funny, fantastical, and phenomenal!
The BFG goes like this: In Sophie’s world, most of the giants who come around only want to find children to eat for breakfast. But the Big, Friendly Giant is different. He would never eat “uckyslush human beans.” He only eats “snozzcumbers.” When he carries Sophie off one night, she becomes his friend, not his next meal. Sophie is a tough cookie, so she decides to stop the other kid-munching giants, and the BFG is going to help her.
Let’s hear your casting ideas. Which young actress do you think should play Sophie? What about the BFG? Which actors do you think would fit the roles of the other giants in the story? Post your predictions in the Comments below. I can’t wait to see if the on-screen BFG looks anything like the giants I imagined from the book.
Marisa, STACKS Intern
September 9, 2014
Personality Quiz: What Is Your Fashion Style?
- What would you wear to a birthday party? A) The outfit you saw Selena Gomez wear to the Kids Choice Awards. B) A cool Under Armour shirt. C) A collared shirt and khakis. D) A glittery shirt you embellished yourself. E) A t-shirt and jeans. Continue reading
September 8, 2014
Writing Prompt: Your biggest fashion disaster . . . or worst outfit your parents made you wear?
Back-to-school means showing your fashion style. But do your parents offer a few friendly “suggestions” on what to wear? We know sometimes this can end in disaster . . . and sometimes a great story!
My mom made me wear itchy wool skirts and sweaters to school and they were SO uncomfortable! It got so bad I started wearing tights and shorts under them to relieve the itch. Let’s just say it was not a pretty sight!
What about you guys? Something mismatched? Something that ripped apart in front of your classmates (gasp!)? For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
You know where to leave the answers . . . in the Comments below. Can’t wait to read all your stories!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
September 5, 2014
Disney Channel stars share their back-to-school tips
Starting a new school year is never easy, but fear not! Some amazing Disney Channel stars are here to share their best back-to-school advice. Read what they have to say.
Don’t be afraid to meet new people and make new friends. There is always someone at your school who’s as nervous as you are about socializing with new people. Discipline yourself when it comes to homework. Not doing it isn’t worth the stress of getting behind. China Anne McClain (How to Build a Better Boy) Continue reading
September 4, 2014
I’d like to introduce you to 10 kids who will be special contributors to the STACKS this year. Please welcome the 2014-15 Scholastic Kids Council!
Look for more to come from these kids this year!