February 11, 2016

Leap Year Trivia Quiz

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Leap Year TriviaFebruary 29, 2016 is Leap Day!

Poor February 29th. It’s the only day of the year that gets added and then dropped. Every 4 years, we celebrate it; the years in between, we don’t. 2016 is a leap year so this year, February has 29 days instead of 28 days. We get an extra day, but next year, it’s back to 28 days in February. Crazy!

Leap days are added to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolution around the sun. It takes the Earth about 365.242199 days to circle the sun. Notice this is a little over 365. So if we didn’t add an extra day every 4 years, we’d lose some time. About 6 hours every year. After 100 years, our calendar would be off by 24 days!

Suspicious? You should be. Check out our Leap Year Trivia Quiz to investigate further.

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February 11, 2016

Locker Decoration Ideas

Posted by at 1:54 am in Kid Power | Permalink

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For those of you who have a locker at school, do you decorate it? With what? Share your ideas here! Target had a really cute locker disco ball. I was tempted to buy it. Then I remembered I don’t have a locker!

Read other kids’ ideas in the Crafts/DIY Message Board and then tell us how YOUR locker is decorated!

Moderator Katie, Crafts/DIY Message Board

Locker photo courtesy The Container Store

February 10, 2016

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD!!

Posted by at 10:09 am in Harry Potter, Reads | Permalink

harry potter and the cursed childHARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD PARTS I & II TO BE PUBLISHED IN PRINT BY SCHOLASTIC IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA  AT 12:01 A.M. ON JULY 31, 2016

Scholastic will publish a script book based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth Harry Potter story, will be priced at $29.99 U.S. and $39.99 Canada. The script eBook will be published by Pottermore simultaneously with the print editions by Scholastic in the US and Canada, and Little, Brown Book Group in the UK.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

February 10, 2016

Top 10 Luna Lovegood Quotes

Posted by at 1:48 am in Harry Potter, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Luna lovegoodBest Luna Lovegood Quotes

Since her first appearance in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Luna Lovegood has been one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series. She’s super-smart but kind of spacey, and has a very unusual sense of style. I’d like to imagine that if I went to Hogwarts, Luna and I would be BFFs. She’s really rad! Unfortunately, a lot of her peers (*cough, cough* Ron!) were quick to judge her for her strangeness, but eventually everyone came to realize how special and brave she really is. So just in time for Luna’s birthday on February 13, we’re bringing you our top ten Luna Lovegood quotes.

  1.  ”I’ve been able to see them ever since my first year here. Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.” (Order of the Phoenix)
  2. “You can laugh! But people used to believe there were no such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or Crumple-Horned Snorkack!” (Order of the Phoenix)
  3. “Mistletoe,” said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry’s head. He jumped out from under it. “Good thinking,” said Luna very seriously. “It’s often infested with nargles.” (Order of the Phoenix)
  4. “I think they think I’m a bit odd, you know. Some people call me ‘Loony’ Lovegood, actually.” (Order of the Phoenix)
  5. “When you say ‘Sirius,’ are you talking about Stubby Boardman?” (Order of the Phoenix)
  6. “Oh, no, I’d love to go with you as friends! Nobody’s ever asked me to a party before, as a friend! Is that why you dyed your eyebrow, for the party? Should I do mine too? (Half Blood Prince)
  7. “I don’t think you should be an Auror, Harry. The Aurors are a part of the Rotfang Conspiracy. I thought everyone knew that. They’re working from within to bring down the Ministry of Magic using a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease.” (Half Blood Prince)
  8. “I’ve never been to this part of the castle. Well, not awake. I sleepwalk, you see. That’s why I wear shoes to bed.” (Half Blood Prince)
  9. “Hello, Harry! Oh, I’ve interrupted a deep thought, haven’t I? I can see it growing smaller in your eyes.” (Deathly Hallows)
  10.  “Oooh, look, a Blibbering Humdinger!  (Deathly Hallows)

Oh, Luna! There is no one quite like her. Here’s to you, Loony Lovegood! Happy Birthday! Do YOU have any other favorite quotes or moments from Luna? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

En-Szu

February 10, 2016

Fablehaven

Posted by at 1:07 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

FablehavenFablehaven by Brandon Mull

Have you ever heard stories where mythical creatures help the hero save the day? Well, the creatures at Fablehaven aren’t that nice. Fablehaven is a preserve for magical creatures, but dangerous creatures that are on the brink of extinction. The creatures usually stay in their territories, but on the equinox and solstice, the creatures run wild through Fablehaven. The caretakers, Stan Sorenson and his wife, Ruth, can usually defend themselves, but as Midsummer’s Eve nears (a.k.a. the summer solstice), Stan and Ruth’s grandchildren stay with them. Kendra and Seth have no clue when they arrive at their grandparents’ house that it is a magical preserve. Piece by piece, as Midsummer’s Eve draws near, Seth and Kendra learn more about Fablehaven and its secrets.

On Midsummer’s Eve, Kendra and Seth are instructed by Stan to go to bed immediately at sundown, and NEVER, under ANY circumstances, open the window. But of course, that rule gets broken. And bad things happen. Very bad things happen.

I think that Fablehaven is a really good book series and all of you should read it. It is a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you want to read the other four books in the series. Happy reading!

Alex, Scholastic Kids Council

February 9, 2016

Book Valentine Would You Rather

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heart4Be Mine, Book Valentine!

Cupid’s arrow is about to strike again on February 14th  — Valentine’s Day. To put you in a sweet mood, we are delivering a special Valentine’s book-based Would You Rather.

Would you rather . . .

  1. Have a Love Spell (so your crush falls in love with you) OR a Flying Spell so you can fly (away from crazy boys/girls who chase you)?
  2. Get a box of Bertie Bott’s earwax flavor jellybeans OR a box of chocolate frogs (from Harry Potter)?
  3. Marry a cyclops from Percy Jackson OR get stuck in a ship full of monsters?
  4. Kiss Slappy the Evil Dummy (from Goosebumps) OR The Vampire Chicken?
  5. Go on a romantic date with Fregley OR Patty (from Diary of a Wimpy Kid)?
  6. Survive a hurricane OR a shark attack on Valentine’s Day?
  7. Have your secret admirer turn out to be Voldemort (from Harry Potter) OR Darth Vader (from Star Wars)?
  8. Have your crush read your diary OR your teacher read your diary (from Dear Dumb Diary)?

Leave your answers in the Comments below, and let us know which book character you’d like to be YOUR valentine!

-Ratha

February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Poetry Generator

Posted by at 1:16 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Valentine's day poetry generatorWrite a Valentine’s Day Poem!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! If you want a quick gift idea that is thoughtful and creative, then here’s a little activity you can try. Write a poem!

Here are three types of poems with instructions how to write them. You pick the type of poem you like best and write one for someone you care about. It could be for a family member, a friend, or even a secret crush . . . shhh! Don’t worry! I won’t tell. Continue reading

February 6, 2016

Trump Tries in New Hampshire

Posted by at 1:57 am in News | Permalink

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Trump Tries in New Hampshire by Stone Shen

On February 2, more than 3,000 Donald Trump supporters crammed into an athletic club in Milford, New Hampshire to hear the Republican candidate speak. The place was buzzing with excitement. Before Trump came on, a group of people went onto the stage and delivered speeches. This included some of Trump’s campaign managers and former United States Senator Scott Brown. Continue reading

February 5, 2016

Adventures in Babysitting

Posted by at 1:15 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

adventures in babysittingAdventures in Babysitting, inspired by the hugely popular 1980s film of the same name, is an upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie starring Sabrina Carpenter (from Girl Meets World) and Sofia Carson (from Descendants).  It is set to premiere in 2016 on Disney Channel.

In Adventures in Babysitting, a dull evening for two competing babysitters, Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola (Sofia Carson), turns into an adventure in the big city as they hunt for one of the kids who somehow snuck away. Talk about a babysitter’s nightmare!

Are you excited for this new Disney Channel movie? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 3, 2016

Book Wars: Out of My Mind vs. Wonder

Posted by at 1:35 am in Reads | Permalink

Book WarsBook Wars: Out of My Mind vs. Wonder

Today we will be comparing two amazing books: Out Of My Mind and Wonder. You may think that think that Out Of My Mind and Wonder are the same, but they are very different.

The two main characters Auggie and Melody both have physical disabilities. These disabilities don’t stop them from still being very bright children. They both want to be apart of the big group with so-called “normal” kids. After many attempts they were rejected.

In Out of My Mind, Melody continues to try different ways to work around her disabilities. Instead of giving up, Melody joins a trivia group with “normal” kids. Melody is then accepted. Melody accepts how she is and deals with what she can do.

In Wonder on the other hand, Auggie just gives up because he feels he is not wanted at school. He thinks about what he wants to be, not what he can do with his disabilities.

Read these books to figure out the true stories of these wonderful characters.

Michael, Scholastic Kids Council