November 20, 2012
Zoos Giving You Goosebumps?
The days following Halloween are always sort of a let-down. After spending all of that time picking out your Halloween costume, sniffing out the largest possible pillow case to haul your load of candy, and giving yourself a good fright with an overdose of scary movies, in just a few fun-filled hours it’s all over, and there are a full 364 days left until you get to do it over again next year. But just because October 31 is now behind us doesn’t mean that the scares need to stop. Fun-size candies may come and go, but you can get Goosebumps from fright-master R.L. Stine all year.
November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving Would You Rather?
With Turkey Day right around the corner, we cooked up a delicious Thanksgiving Would You Rather with a question based on STACKS Staffer, Sonja’s own personal experience. (Her sister makes a sweet potato dish with pineapple and marshmallows!!)
Would you rather . . .
- Eat sweet potato casserole with pineapple and marshmallows OR eat roasted crickets? (Sonja would actually rather eat crickets!)
- Eat Thanksgiving dinner in your underwear OR wearing a giant rubber turkey on your head?
- Jump into a pool of cold cranberry sauce OR warm gravy?
- Watch football OR go shopping?
- Eat burnt pumpkin pie OR delicious stuffing that might have a few dead bugs in it?
- Be a turkey on Thanksgiving Day OR a pumpkin about to get carved for Halloween?
- From eating too much, spit up turkey OR spit up creamed spinach?
- Be on your best behavior at the grown-ups’ table OR eat at the kids’ table and get peas thrown at you by your 3-year-old cousin?
- For vegetarians: eat Tofurkey OR skip the turkey altogether and just eat all the yummy veggie side dishes?
- If you could only choose one dessert, would it be apple pie OR pecan pie?
I’ll leave you with the famous song (sung to the tune of “Oh My Darling, Clementine”) . . .
Mr. Turkey, Mr. Turkey
Did you ever wonder why
People eat you on Thanksgiving
Instead of chicken pot pie?
Leave your answers in the Comments below! Happy Turkey Day, everyone!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
November 19, 2012
Name Your PC Day
What falls on November 20th this year? You'll never guess. Nestled right in between November 19th (President James Garfield's birthday) and November 21st (the date North Carolina made statehood) is . . . Name Your PC Day!
Do you already have a name for your computer? If not, November 20th is the day to create one! To get in the spirit, here are some possible ideas to name your computer.
- Big Mac (if you have a mac!)
- A pet love-y name like Pumpkin, Cream Puff, Mr. Cutie-Patootie
- Harry, Liam, Niall . . . you get the idea!
- Something really smart like Einstein, Madame Curie, Da Vinci
- Old Faithful
- Typee (due to its obvious skill)
So run the data, and leave YOUR name for your computer in the Comments below. I can't wait to hear these ones!!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
November 16, 2012
Taylor Swift came to Scholastic global headquarters in New York to talk about why reading and writing are so important to her. The title of the event was “Read Every Day,” whose initials are R.E.D, which happens to be the title of Swift’s new album, and the color of the top she was wearing.
After the “Read Every Day” webcast, lucky, lucky Kid Reporter Leila Sachner had a chance to ask her own question to Taylor Swift. Click here to watch Leila’s interview with Taylor Swift!
You can read more about Taylor Swift’s Read Every Day event and watch the video from the show.
How awesome! What questions would you ask Taylor Swift if you had the chance to meet her? Leave a Comment.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
November 14, 2012
Today’s Readalikes are for Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. The first time Juli saw Bryce, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the 2nd grade, but in the 8th grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.
PS. This book was made into a movie in 2010.
November 13, 2012
Ostrich Trivia Quiz
My father grew up in South Africa (the world leader in ostrich farming) where there are ostrich ranches that have these crazy ostrich rodeos and races with people trying to ride the ostriches. I've never seen it in real life, but I have seen ostriches close up, and I can totally understand how they would inspire people to want to do ridiculous things. Ostriches are actually really hilarious to watch. The way their skinny heads bob up and down, and their huge eyes look at you over their pointy beaks – it's just funny somehow.
But ostriches are seriously amazing birds.
Guess the answers to this Ostrich Trivia Quiz and behold the true awesomeness of the ostrich!
November 12, 2012
You know you’re a Directioner when . . .
Have you heard the new One Direction album Take Me Home which was released on November 13, 2012? You know you’re a Directioner when you can say the exact date and time you first heard the new album! Here are some other signs of the One Direction Infection.
November 8, 2012
TV, Movies, and Music you won’t want to miss this November!
You’ve heard of Thanksgiving, but how about Pranksgiving? That’s what Disney XD is calling the two new hidden-camera shows it will premiere in November: Just Kidding and Code 9. Zach Fox will play tricks on unsuspecting folks in six episodes of Just Kidding, and kids pull fast ones on their parents in Code 9, both set to air November 19-24.
If you love dogs, there’s a lot to bark about on Hallmark Channel. In honor of the Hero Dog Awards special airing Nov. 8, there’s a lot of great pooch programming on the days before, starting with 101 Dalmatians, Puppy Love, and You Lucky Dog on November 6, and Hatchi: A Dog’s Tale on November 7. Then after the awards, watch A Dog Named Christmas.
November 8, 2012
Save the Planet!
Help AquaPenguin126 get 100 ways to save the earth! Add your ideas to the list on the Save the Planet Message Board.
November 7, 2012
Million-Dollar Throw Readalikes
You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.
Today's Readalikes are for Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica. Nate Brodie is nicknamed "Brady" not only for his arm, but also because he's the biggest Tom Brady fan. He's even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he's never dreamed of—to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars. Can he make the million-dollar throw? PS. Good Luck Charlie star Bradley Steven Perry recommends this book to all Patriots fans!