Monthly Archives: February 2013

February 11, 2013

Kid Submitted Valentine’s Day Would You Rather

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WouldYouRatherKid-Submitted Valentine’s Day Would You Rather

It’s that time of the year when true love is in the air. Yes, Splotters, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so make sure to stock up on candy hearts and finish writing those Valentine’s cards. To celebrate this loving holiday, the Scholastic Kids Council has put together an amazing Would You Rather Quiz for you. So without further ado, here are the questions you’ve all been waiting for!

Would you rather . . .

  1. Eat chocolates that taste like sauerkraut OR toothpaste?
  2. Wear the same hot pink sweater for an entire year OR hot pink pants for a whole year?
  3. See your friend dating your crush OR your bully dating your crush?
  4. Receive a large box of bad candy OR a small box with good candy?
  5. Spend Valentine’s Day in Paris OR Rome?
  6. Receive flowers that smell like garbage OR a box of chocolate-covered crickets?
  7. Kiss a frog OR a slug?
  8. Send people store bought cards OR make cards yourself?
  9. Get a box of rotten chocolate from your secret crush OR get a box of sweet chocolate from someone you don’t like?
  10. Eat a Valentine’s candy that you are allergic to OR eat candy that your dog licked?
  11. Get a kiss from your dog OR your grandma?
  12. Get a valentine from a vampire OR a werewolf?
  13. Get 20 valentines from your friends OR one valentine from a mystery admirer?
  14. Have your crush sing a Justin Beiber song OR a One Direction song to you in the cafeteria?
  15. Dress up as a chocolate kiss OR wear cupid wings?

Post your answers in the Comments below and have a happy Valentine’s Day!

—Brian, STACKS Staffer

February 8, 2013

Valentine’s Day Roundup

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Createacrush_130Valentine’s Day Roundup

Valentine’s Day is coming! After all your Valentine’s cards and candy are ready to give out to your friends, here are a few other things for you to do to celebrate this wonderful day of love!

Paint chip samples from your local home improvement store.
Heart-shaped paper punch
White ribbon cut into 8-inch strips.


  1. Use the paper punch to punch heart shapes into each of the different colors on the pink or red paint chip samples.
  2. Use the paper punch to cut a heart shape at the top of the paint chip sample.
  3. Tie the ribbon through the heart shape at the top of the bookmark.

Isn’t that cute? What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the Comments.

February 8, 2013

February Pop-Corn

Posted by at 2:28 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

BLOG_POP-CORNTV, Movies, and Music you won’t want to miss this February!

Great news, Victoria Justice fans: The Victorious star is going on tour this
Victoria Justice_7342 summer! She’s taking her “Here’s 2 Us Tour” to over 30 cities across the U.S., beginning June 19th in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale February 2.  ”I’m so excited to be going out on tour again this summer. I can’t wait to sing your favorites and share some new ones from the latest Victorious soundtrack,” says Victoria. “Here’s 2 Us Tour” is dedicated to all of you. 2013 is our year!” Victoria will also making several autograph signing appearances before the tour, in Birmingham, Alabama on February 9, Louisville, Kentucky on February 23, and Houston, Texas on April 7.

This year’s Grammy Awards show is going to be truly star-studded! Among the performers on the February 10 live telecast are Rihanna, Taylor Swift, The Black Keys, Fun, and Mumford & Sons, all of them nominated for multiple awards. LL Cool J is the host of the program, which begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

In other awards news, Cartoon Network will present its Hall of Game Awards honoring stellar athletes on February 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Celebrity presenters will include Jessica Alba, Rico and Raini Rodriguez, Mario Lopez, Bridget Mendler and Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Ryan Lochte.

iCarly star Jerry Trainor, who’s also the voice of Dudley Puppy on Nickelodeon’s T.U.F.F. Puppy, has a new comedy series on Nick at Nite called Wendell & Vinnie, about a single and carefree bachelor and memorabilia store owner who suddenly becomes the legal guardian of his nephew (Buddy Handleson). The premiere is February 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

R5, featuring Ross Lynch from Austin & Ally and his brothers Riker, Rydel and Rocky, and best friend Ratliff, will release their debut EP Loud on February 19. Besides the title tune, songs include “Fallin’ For You,” “I Want You Bad,” and “Here Comes Forever.” The guys plan to announce tour dates soon.


Lab Rats is back for its second season on Disney XD on February 25. Among the guest stars coming up: Madison Pettis of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

The animated Peanuts specials Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Valentine will air back-to-back on February 9 from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT.

Hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!

—Gerri, STACKS Writer

February 7, 2013

This Valentine’s Day, Send Pajamas!

Posted by at 1:53 am in Kid Power | Permalink

PajamagirlThis Valentine’s Day, Send Pajamas!

Here in New York, the temperatures are dropping, and it’s c-o-l-d. But there are children who don’t have warm pajamas to wear or books to snuggle down with at night. That’s why the STACKS is working with Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that delivers books and pajamas to children in need all over the United States.

Pajama4This year, there is an extremely long wait list for pajamas and books. Want to do YOUR part to help? Here’s how to send new pjs to the Pajama Program.

  • WHAT: New set of pajamas, top and bottom for any age 0-17. Print this form and include it with your donation.
  • WHERE: Send pajamas to:
    Pajama Program
    171 Madison, Suite 1409
    New York, NY 10016
  • WHEN: By February 28, 2013. Hurry up! Do it now!

While you are getting your cards and gifts ready for Valentine’s Day next week, don’t forget these children. Please send them pajamas and a smile, and you will get an invite to a virtual party on the STACKS!*

Send an e-card to everyone you know to spread the word about the Pajama Program. 

Thank you!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

*Obviously you don’t have to be a STACKS member to donate, but only members will be invited to the virtual party. It’s super-easy to become a member. Join now.

Photos courtesy of Pajama Program

February 6, 2013

Game Changers Book #2 by Mike Lupica

Posted by at 9:01 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Game Changers_Cover_130x130Game Changers Book #2: Play Makers by Mike Lupica

Attention, sports fans! For those of you who love a good sports story, the latest book in Mike Lupica's Game Changers series is out now! It's called Play Makers.

Ben McBain and his friends are still riding high after winning their football championship, but basketball season isn’t going as smoothly, especially when their cross-town rival, Chase Braggs, starts causing trouble on AND off the court.

Read an excerpt.

Head over to the STACKS Sports site to play the new Game Changers basketball game! How many shots can you make?  

– Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

February 5, 2013

Naked Mole Rat Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 3:12 am in Trivia | Permalink

Trivia_quiz1Naked Mole Rat Trivia Quiz

I don't like to be mean, but the naked mole rat is quite possibly the ugliest animal I have ever seen. But looks aren't everything. These guys may not be pretty, but they do amazing things, like they can move their teeth back and forth like chopsticks! And. . . uhh. . . they eat their own poop to get extra nutrients into their diets. Two meals for the price of one! (I'm pretty sure it doesn’t work for humans, so do not try that at home, boys and girls.) Do take this quiz to find out more about the naked mole rat.

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February 4, 2013

Writing Prompt: A Room Without Books

Posted by at 1:26 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing_prompt_bookWriting Prompt: A room without books is like . . .

CiceroDo you know this guy?

Meet the ancient philosopher and political statesman, named Marcus Tullius Cicero, Cicero for short. He lived in the 1st Century B.C.E., yet he was not so different from you or me. He had a great quote that people who love books . . . well . . . love! He said:

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

So true, right? But if you were going to update this quote for the 21st century, what would you say? Complete this sentence in the Comments with YOUR deep thoughts:


–Ratha, STACKS Writer