December 22, 2014

What Would You Do If You Could Fly?

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Happy HalloweenIt’s almost Christmas, and our imaginations are running wild with elves, flying reindeer, and visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads. So it’s a perfect time to ponder these awesome questions from CycloneVampire7.

What would you do if . . .

  1. You were sitting in the rain when all of a sudden, a man appeared before you out of thin air?
  2. You met Justin Bieber? (You can hate or love; I don’t care.)
  3. You discovered that Elsa was your cousin and you had ice powers?
  4. Everyone around you suddenly burst into song?
  5. Books were BANNED?!
  6. You were trapped in a dream and couldn’t wake up unless you finished it?
  7. You could grow money trees? $
  8. You could fly?
  9. You were trapped in a tiny box about your size with no way out?
  10. Your brother gave you a Mohawk haircut while you were sleeping, and tomorrow was the first day of school?

Hope you enjoy!

December 19, 2014

Annie Actress Answers Your Questions

Nicolette PieriniMeet Nicolette Pierini from Annie!

The new Annie movie opens in theaters today and we could not be more excited. We have new videos of the stars Quevenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and even Sandy the dog (whose real name is Marty)! We have an interview with the actress who plays Annie. And today, we have this exclusive post from Nicolette Pierini who plays Mia in the film. She answered YOUR questions so read on to find out more. Continue reading

December 18, 2014

Gift Giving Season

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

giftThe Best Gifts Ever

It’s the season when we think about giving and getting gifts, so I asked the Scholastic Kids Council what gifts they are hoping to receive, and what gifts they would give if they could give anything in the world!

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If you could give anything in the world to anyone, what would you give? Tell us in the Comments. And tell us what you are hoping to get this year!

December 17, 2014

Gift for Readers

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giftPrintable Book Plates

Are you looking for a last-minute gift to give to your friends who love reading? Print out a bunch of these bookplates on pretty paper. Then trim them to size, tie them up with a ribbon, and you’re done! Your friends can stick them in all their favorite books. You can print some for yourself, too!

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You can find more bookplates to print out here.

Happy Holidays!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 17, 2014

The Badger Knight

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The badger knightThe Badger Knight (for ages 8 and up) by Kathryn Erskine

The year is 1346. Adrian is almost 13 years old but he isn’t like most other boys his age. He has Albinism, which means he has very pale skin and light hair and eyes. He has almost always been a small, sickly kid. The bullies in his English village call him “badger” because of the dirt he rubs under his eyes to stop the glare from his paper-white skin.

Adrian has a sharp mind, and all he wants to do is go to war as an archer. This is not his father’s plan. Adrian can write, and Adrian’s father wants him to become a scribe. To Adrian, this sounds like the worst job in the world.The badger knight

The Scottish invade near their home in England, and Adrian’s best friend Hugh joins his father on the battlefield. Adrian follows Hugh, determined to find his friend and participate in his glorious vision of warfare. As Adrian ventures through war-ridden England and Scotland, his voyage becomes a true knight’s tale.

But will Adrian even be able to find Hugh? The perils of war don’t exactly resemble what Adrian had pictured in his head. Will he make it home safely? Read the book to find out how this young knight’s adventure ends. Have you already read The Badger Knight? Leave your Comments in the section below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

December 16, 2014

Literary Cats

Posted by at 1:13 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Rainbow PenFamous Books Written by Literary Cats

Most people know that cats are smart, but did you know that many famous books were actually written by cats? I had no idea until I discovered these books in my cat’s library (a.k.a. his pile of treasured possessions hidden under the couch).Diary of a Wimpy Cat

Can you identify these literary masterpieces written by cats?

  • Diary of a Wimpy Cat by Jeff Kitty
  • Purrrcy Catson and the Olympians by Rick Rowr-dan
  • Little Kittens by Louisa May Alcat
  • Furry Pawter and the Dog’s Bone by J.K. Meowling
  • Say Meow and Chase that Tiny, Moving Red Dot! by R. L. Feline

Leave your answers in the Comments and let us know what books you would find in your cat library!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 12, 2014

Annie Actress Quvenzhané Wallis

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Annie movieMeet the New Annie!

The new movie Annie comes out in theaters on December 19 and we have an interview with the 11-year-old girl who plays Annie. Her name is Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced kwuh-ven-zhuh-nay), and she is the youngest person to ever have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress! Read on to hear about her role in the Annie movie.

Q: Did you like shooting the musical parts of the film?
Quvenzhané: Yes, I liked shooting the musical parts of the film because I like to sing and dance.

Q: Were you a fan of the original Annie before you accepted the role?
Quvenzhané: Yes, I was a big fan of Annie when I accepted the role. When we heard that Sony was remaking Annie, I watched to see what it was about and fell in love. I love to sing and dance along with Annie, now people are going get to sing and dance along with me.Annie movie

Q: How does the new movie differ from the original?
Quvenzhané: We’ve made some updates to make it feel like 2014. Like Annie is a foster kid, not an orphan. Mr. Stacks is the head of a cell phone company and cell phones did not exist in the original.

Q: Who is your favorite character in the movie, and why?
Quvenzhané: Ms. Hannigan. She is so funny!

Q: Did any of the older stars in the movie have tips or advice for you?
Quvenzhané: Jamie [Foxx who plays Mr. Stacks] taught me to just have fun. Don’t be so serious. We use laughter to get through some scenes. He would make it fun by telling me funny things or making funny gestures. Rose [Byrne who plays Grace] taught me to always be me and to be kind. Cameron [Diaz who plays Miss Hannigan] taught me to take care of myself. She would check on me to make sure I had what I needed.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
Quvenzhané: My favorite subject in school is science.

Q: Your favorite snack to eat on-set?
Quvenzhané: My favorite snack is grapes.

Q: Your favorite thing to do when you are done filming?
Quvenzhané: I like cheerleading, playing basketball and volleyball, reading, swimming, and riding my bike and scooter for fun.

Q: What is your all-time favorite book or author?
Quvenzhané: I like Roald Dahl books because of the mystery.

We also have new videos of the stars Quevenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and even Sandy the dog (whose real name is Marty)! Also check out this exclusive post from Nicolette Pierini who plays Mia in the film. She answered YOUR questions!

Interview by Marie Morreale
Annie images courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment

December 11, 2014

What Kids Want in Books

Posted by at 1:57 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Recommend me!What Do You Want in Books?

I mentioned in a post yesterday that Scholastic just completed a national survey of children aged 6–17 to study their “attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.” According to 70% of kids aged 6–17, books that “make me laugh” rank highest on the list across all ages. Here are some more stats for What Kids Want in Books:

  • Children aged 6–8 are more likely than older children to want books with characters that “look like me.”
  • Children aged 9–11 are more likely than younger children to want books that “have a mystery or a problem to solve.”
  • Children aged 12–14 are more likely than older children to want books with “characters I wish I could be like because they are smart, strong or brave.”
  • Children aged 15–17 are more likely than younger children to want books that help them “forget about real life for a while.”

In addition, 73% of children aged 6–17 agree with the statement, “I would read more if I could find more books that I like.”

Do these statistics represent YOU? Leave a Comment to tell us your favorite book with a character who looks like you, or with a mystery, or with smart, strong characters. Tell us what you really want in books!

December 10, 2014

Favorite Funny Books

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Funny Books FiestaScholastic wants to know . . . What are your favorite funny books?

Scholastic just completed a national survey of children aged 6–17 to study their “attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.” According to 70% of kids aged 6–17, books that “make me laugh” rank highest on the list across all ages.

Here at the STACKS, we already know you love funny books, but we want to know which funny book is your favorite and why?

Please tell us in the Comments! And if you are among the 30% of kids who did not pick funny books as your favorite, tell us what is YOUR favorite kind of book to read for fun?