Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 17, 2013

Writing Prompt: Ways to Make Me Happy

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Writing_prompt_rainbow_penWriting Prompt: Ways to Make Me Ridiculously Happy

Last month we did an Irritation Writing Prompt, and you guys posted the things that really got under your skin. Now we're turning the tables and we want to know the things that make you ridiculously happy!

Maybe it's the littlest thing, or maybe there have been epic surprises that made you feel on top of the world. Whatever the case, for this week's Writing Prompt, tell all the . . .


Can't wait to hear what you guys say. Leave your answers in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer  

June 14, 2013

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets New Cover

Posted by at 4:21 am in Authors, Harry Potter | Permalink

SneakPeekDo you guys remember when I showed you the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? All 7 books are coming out with new covers for the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter in September 2013, but I now have a sneak peek at book #2!


Do you love it??? I think it’s pretty amazing. I also got to interview the illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi, last week when he was in New York and asked him all my burning questions. Read on for the interview. . .

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June 13, 2013

Make a BIG Difference in Your Community!

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BeBig130Make a BIG difference in your community!

Remember Clifford? Scholastic's favorite big, red dog may be a distant memory (or beloved favorite!), but did you ever think he could inspire to you serve your community? With the BE BIG In You Community Contest, he can!

It’s easy to be inspired by his BIG ideas and incorporate them into your life in big and small ways. Whether it's helping your sister with her homework, sharing your favorite book with a friend, or putting your garbage in the bin instead of on the ground, there are lots of ways to BE BIG. But if you have an even BIGGER idea, the 5th annual Clifford BE BIG In Your Community contest might be just right for you. You can enter for a chance to win a $5,000 grant* to bring your BIG idea to life! We’re looking for ideas, big and small that can make a difference in your community.

Need inspiration? Check out some of our past winners, young people from all over the country just like you who were inspired by our dog to make a big difference. If you love sports, you could create an athletic group like last year's grand prize winner, Zachary did. He established SNAP, a Special Needs Athletic Program offering sports clinics to children with autism and other disabilities.

In 2010, Will used baseball as inspiration for his winning idea, Hits Against Hunger. Will recruited over 100 elementary age kids to participate in the project and found sponsors to pledge $1 to the food bank for every hit made in their baseball season.

Skyler was only 9 years old when he entered and won the 2009 BE BIG In Your Community contest. Through his winning grant, Skyler created Kids Care Packs and gave them to children in homeless shelters and hospitals throughout San Diego. Kids Care Packs are hand-painted knapsacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, a healthy snack, a book, a toy, and a note of care and friendship.

With one week left until the contest closes, we are looking for more BIG ideas! If you have an idea on how to make a difference in your community, we want to hear about it! But hurry! The contest closes on June 23rd! And good luck!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. One grand prize: $5,000 grant to support winner’s community project. Five first prizes: $1,000 grant to support winner’s community project. Total grants: $10,000. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Contest ends June 23, 2013. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Subject to all applicable laws. For official rules, go to\cliffordbebig\contestrules.

TM & © 2013 Scholastic Inc. SCHOLASTIC and associated logos are trademarks of Scholastic Inc. CLIFFORD, EMILY ELIZABETH, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, CLIFFORD'S PUPPY DAYS, BE BIG!, and logos are trademarks and or registered trademarks of Norman Bridwell. All rights reserved.

June 12, 2013

Inheritance Readalikes

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Eragon130Inheritance 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 the Inheritance Cycle series by Chistopher Paolini. Eragon is 15 years old when he discovers that he is not just a farm boy. He is a Dragon Rider who is about to be swept into a dangerous adventure that could save or destroy the Empire!

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June 11, 2013

Ancient Egypt Trivia Quiz

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Trivia_quiz2Ancient Egypt Trivia Quiz

When you think of Ancient Egypt, you may think of pyramids and mummies. But did you also know a lot of today’s modern-day conveniences were invented in Ancient Egypt? For instance, Ancient Egyptians invented the first toothbrushes (fine twigs tied together into soft brushes) and toothpaste (the powder of ox hooves, ashes, and pumice)! From mummies to makeup and more, see how much you know – or can guess! – about Ancient Egypt.

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June 10, 2013

Best Books Writing Prompt

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Writing_prompt_bookWriting Prompt: Books I wish I could read again for the first time

Did you ever read a book that was so good, you almost wish you hadn’t finished it . . . so you could read it again for the first time? Only a few books are that special. Harry Potter, The Giver, or The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up) come to my mind. Not only were they great while I read them, but they had crazy endings, so it would be good not to know before starting to read them!

What about you guys? What are the books YOU think are so good you wish you could read them again for the first time? Let us know in the Comments below!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

June 7, 2013

June Pop-Corn

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

If you loved Jennette MCurdy in iCarly and Ariana Grande in Victorious, here’s some good news. They’re teaming up in a new Nickelodeon comedy series called Sam & Cat, playing the same characters that made them so popular! The spinoff, premiering June 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, follows the girls as they start a babysitting service.

PBS KIDS is heating up summer with special theme weeks of their shows. First up is Bug Week on Wild Kratts beginning June 3, with everything you want to know about insects.

Big Time Rush is set to release their 3rd album, 24/seven, on June 11. The release will feature “Like Nobody’s Around,” as well as brand-new music which will appear on the current season of the show. The band will perform tracks from 24/seven when they hit the road on their “Summer Break Tour” with Victoria Justice. The tour kicks off June 21 in Los Angeles and will stop in over 38 cities across the U.S.

Get up early and catch some of your favorite music artists on Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series on ABC. Carly Rae Jepsen will sing on the June 14 show and Demi Lovato will perform on June 28.

Did the animated antics of Monsters Inc. have you in hysterics? Then get ready for more. Monsters University is a prequel that tells the story of how Mike and Sully first met and became BFFs when they were students. It’s in theaters June 21.

If you like superheroes, you can catch a special 1-hour preview of a new animated series featuring Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and newcomer Falcon. Sunday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney XD, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble follows the action-packed adventures of the Avengers superheroes as they defend the planet from threats no single Super Hero could withstand.

Kelly Osbourne will host the special event Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown, featuring favorite music videos chosen by fans, and airing on Disney Channel June 29 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

—Gerri, STACKS Writer

Image courtesy Nickelodeon

June 6, 2013

Fashion Poll

Posted by at 11:00 am in About Us | Permalink

Trivia_quiz2Fashion Poll

We know some of you are HUGE fashionistas, so we want to know what fashion designers you’re into. Answer this poll below, and we will announce the winner on June 13!

UPDATE: The poll is now closed, but the winner of the Fashion Poll was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen! For more polls, go to Poll Mania!

June 5, 2013

The Kane Chronicles Readalikes

Posted by at 12:56 am in Reads | Permalink

KaneChronicles130The Kane Chronicles Readalikes

You know when you find an amazing book that you never want 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 The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan. These books follow Sadie and Carter Kane as they discover that Set, the Egyptian god of chaos and destruction, is alive and kicking in the modern world, and he’s out to destroy them!  Continue reading