October 1, 2014

Halloween Book Challenge

Posted by at 1:01 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Happy HalloweenJoin Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!

Join your fellow STACKers and take the Halloween Book Challenge. Here’s how the challenge will work. You pledge to read at least 1 new book every week based on that week’s theme. So every week, it will be a different theme and you will choose a new book to read to match the theme for that week. Tell us in the Comments what book you are reading and then go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to tell us more about your book and chat with other participants in the Halloween Book Challenge.

Weekly themes:

Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
Read a book with black or orange in the book cover.

Halloween books

Oct 8-14 Creepy Setting
Choose a book that takes place somewhere creepy like a cemetery, a dark forest, a haunted house, an abandoned amusement park, an old castle . . .

Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.

Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.

If you are participating in the Halloween Book Challenge, let everyone know by changing your Avatar profile into the book t-shirt, and make it orange! And leave a Comment telling us which Halloween Colors book you will read for this week.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 30, 2014

Back-to-School Word Scramble Answers

Posted by at 1:26 pm in Trivia | Permalink

Back to SchoolBack-to-School Word Scramble Answers

How did you do on your first STACKS test of the new school year? No matter whether you could unscramble them all, or the letters just looked like a bunch of unreadable jibberish, you’re all superstars to me!

Here are the answers:

  1. Kcerlo = Locker
  2. Ebntooko = Notebook
  3. Cbapckak = Backpack
  4. Omhkorwe = Homework
  5. Ecnilps = Pencils
  6. Enw eaerstch = New teachers
  7. Lohocs = School
  8. Isghlen = English

Thanks, CatGymnastics for an awesome quiz! Would you like to see YOUR quiz in the Ink Splot 26 blog? You can add your ideas here!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 30, 2014

Back-to-School Word Scramble

Posted by at 1:56 am in Trivia | Permalink

Back to SchoolBack-to-School Word Scramble

By now, you are certainly all settled into the new school year. You’re in the routine of waking up early, getting to school on time, and doing homework every night. Maybe you have even had your first test. So, you are totally ready to ace this back-to-school word scramble created by CatGymnastics173!

Can you unscramble these school-related words? Continue reading

September 29, 2014

Fozzie Dog Writing Prompt

Posted by at 1:46 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a CaptionCreate a Caption for Fozzie

How adorable is Fozzie? I think he looks like he is trying to talk his owner out of giving him a bath or a haircut.

What do YOU think he would say if he could talk? Write your own caption in the Comments!

Here’s my caption: Anything but a bath! I promise I’m not that dirty. Honestly. I only rolled around in the backyard a little bit! Aw, anything but that! I can lick myself clean instead. Watch!

Amanda, STACKS Intern

Fozzie Dog

 

September 26, 2014

Jake Short in Mighty Med

Posted by at 1:56 am in Celebrities | Permalink

jake_short_faceJake Short Is Oliver in Mighty Med!

We’re all super-sad that A.N.T. Farm ended, but we’re really glad that the stars from the show are still doing awesome things! Jake Short, who played Fletcher on A.N.T. Farm, now stars in the show Mighty Med on Disney XD. Have you seen it? The show is about two best friends, Kaz and Oliver, who work at a special hospital called Mighty Med that treats superheroes and sci-fi and fantasy characters. Kaz is played by Bradley Steven Perry (who was Gabe Duncan on Good Luck Charlie) and Jake plays Oliver.

We wanted to see what the 16-year-old actor has been up to since the last time we interviewed him. What’s it like being in Mighty Med? What’s his most embarrassing moment? What’s his dream pet? Read on to find out! Continue reading

September 25, 2014

Help! Beatles!!!

Posted by at 1:34 am in Kid Power, Music | Permalink

Hi!Classic is the New Black: a magazine that discusses classic actors, movies, books, musicians, and TV shows from a kid’s point of view.

You may see Beatles as a bug but I see them as a band. At the age of 3, my father exposed me to a whole new world of classics. This is how I came to love the Beatles. I don’t know why I like the Beatles, but there was just a spark. Maybe it was their catchy lyrics or great melodies. It was something about the realness of the group. Continue reading

September 24, 2014

Bud, Not Buddy Video

Posted by at 1:19 am in Reads | Permalink

Bud Not BuddyNew Book Trailer!

Have you seen STACKS Staffer En-Szu’s awesome video for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963, Elijah of Buxton, and The Mighty Miss Malone)?

Check it out and tell us what you think in the Comments!

Bud, Not Buddy video

September 23, 2014

Autumn Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:59 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

Would you rather . . . It is officially fall!

Yesterday was the September Equinox, when day and night are almost the same length all around the world — about 12 hours. The word “equinox” actually means equal night. So in the Northern Hemisphere, today is officially the first day of autumn. From now until the December Solstice, the days will get shorter and colder.

Would you rather . . .

  1. Go apple picking OR play in a big pile of leaves?
  2. Have longer days in summer and shorter days in winter OR have equal days and nights year-round?
  3. Have 12 hours of sunlight a day OR 20 hours of sunlight a day?
  4. Live in a place with spectacular fall foliage OR live in a place that is warm year-round?
  5. Be a cheerleader OR a football player?
  6. Spend half the year in the Underworld like Persephone OR spend all year in our world?
  7. Eat mooncakes OR caramel apples?
  8. Rake leaves for 4 hours OR carry a 10-pound pumpkin across a pumpkin patch?
  9. Eat a summer-licious ice cream sundae OR a warm, cinnamon-y slice of autumn apple pie?

What are your favorite autumn traditions, or your favorite things about fall? Tell us in the Comments. And take our Autumn Trivia Quiz to test your fall season smarts.

September 22, 2014

Success Writing Prompt

Posted by at 2:58 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing promptWriting Prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Ink Splotters, it’s time to channel your deep inner-selves.

Take a deep breath.

Forget all of your worries and fears.

And let your mind go free.

For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Would it be something with a future career? Sports? Talking to your crush? Fixing the world? A fear you want to conquer? A person you’d want to help? If you knew it would all work out perfectly, what would you try to do?

Let it out . . . let it all out! This is your forum, so don’t be afraid to tell us. Live without fear. There is no way you can fail! Leave your answers in the Comments below. Sometimes seeing the words written out is the first step toward making it happen!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

September 19, 2014

Cameron Boyce, Take Two

Posted by at 1:38 am in Celebrities | Permalink

cameron_boyce_iconCameron Boyce, a.k.a. Luke from Jessie!

Okay, Jessie fans, prepare yourselves. Cameron Boyce, who plays Luke on the show, is back again with another interview! It’s been a little while since our first interview with the 15-year-old star, so we’re bringing you a much-needed update. We caught up with the actor to talk about how Luke’s growing up, what kind of silly (and sweet) stuff his fans send him, and, yes, about Frank the lizard. Check it out!

Q: This year you seem to be growing up a lot! How has that changed your character?

Cameron: I’m growing, yeah, and hopefully Luke is taking more baths this year compared to last year! (laughs) He’s not as smelly! Hopefully, we will start getting some girls for Luke besides Jessie . . . he has got to get over Jessie.

KARAN BRAR, CAMERON BOYCE

photo courtesy Disney Channel

Q: So how is it working with everyone, including the lizard?

Cameron: The lizard’s name is Frank, and he is a dude. He’s pretty slow and he is not very intimidating. You think that he can run after you and eat you, but he’s really slow. He’s a big boy!

Q: What kind of stuff do you get from the fans?

Cameron: I get a lot of funny letters. The cutest ones I get are from really little girls, because they are full of misspelled words and words are backwards. They all pretty much say, “You’re cute . . . I like you a lot!” I also get a lot of things in the mail . . . like bracelets. I get a lot of bracelets. I got a stuffed Koala from Georgia.

Did you read our earlier interview with Cameron? Be sure to check that out, and also don’t miss our interview with his castmate Karan Brar (and take our Jessie Would You Rather quiz)! Are you excited to see what happens with Luke next? Are you a Jessie fan? What kind of fan mail would YOU send Cameron? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

See y’all around,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Sue Schneider