Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 19, 2013

Autumn Pine Cone Owl Craft

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Don’t you love this adorable pine cone owl?

Fall is the perfect time for an outdoor nature walk. It’s also a perfect time for an indoor craft session. This Pine Cone Owl craft comes courtesy of the Scholastic Teachers site, and combines both in one happy, autumn craft. You can take a nature walk to gather the pine cones or buy them at a craft supplies store.cottonowl


  • 1 large pine cone
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Feathers


  1. Gently pull apart a few cotton balls to make them fluffy.
  2. Stuff pieces of cotton into the grooves of the pine cone.
  3. Near the top of the pine cone, glue on two googly eyes.
  4. Fold a piece of orange construction paper in half, and cut a triangle on the crease. Glue it onto the owl, below the eyes, for the owl’s beak.
  5. Glue a few feathers on the sides of the owl and on its head.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

November 18, 2013

Name Your Device Day

Posted by at 12:50 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Name Your Device Day

iTouch, iPhone, iPad, tablet, Mac, PC, Kindle . . . chances are you spend time cozying up to your favorite device (that is when you’re not busy with school, family, sports, and a million other things). Well Wednesday, November 20th is officially known as “Name Your PC Day.” We thought we’d make it fun, and change it to “Name Your Device Day.”

C’mon, take the plunge. Let us know what you’d name your device! Or maybe you already have a nickname for your device? Let us know in the Comments below.

BONUS – what’s the device you use the most? Curious Splotters want to know!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

November 15, 2013

The Silver Chair Movie

Posted by at 1:07 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

narniaMore Chronicles of Narnia are coming!

If you loved the first three movies (like I did), you’ll be excited to hear that it’s been officially announced: the fourth book in The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Silver Chair, is going to be made into a movie! Though there’s no date set just yet for when the movie will come out in theaters, Narnia fans are all just really happy to know that it is on its way.

For those of you who haven’t read the book (yet), The Silver Chair follows Eustace and his best chroniclesnarniafriend Jill, who escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor . . . or does it? Once again, Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face to face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.

The Silver Chair is also the first book without the Kings and Queens of Old (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy), who were played by William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley. 

Are you a Narnia fan? Take our Chronicles of Narnia trivia quiz to test your knowledge on all things Narnia! Afterwards, you can check your answers here. In case you missed it, the STACKS’ very own Sonja went to the premiere of the last Chronicles of Narnia movie premiere in London–read all about her super-fun adventure.

Are you excited for the new movie? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer


November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Activities

Posted by at 1:17 am in News | Permalink

writing_prompt_thanksgivingThanksgiving is almost here!

There are SO many things to be thankful for, and Thanksgiving is such a fun reminder of the important things in life. Here are some activities to get you excited.

Happy Thanksgiving from the STACKS!

November 13, 2013

Byrd & Igloo: A Polar Adventure

Posted by at 1:35 am in Reads | Permalink

byrd130Byrd & Igloo: A Polar Adventure by Samantha Seiple

Richard E. Byrd always dreamed of living an exciting life. In fact, he started his world-wide adventures at age 13; in 1901 he took a trip all around the world by himself! As his mother said, “Richard was born an adventurer and explorer, absolutely without fear.”

Byrd’s worldwide trip ignited a love for navigation and further travel. He set out to be the first person to fly over the North and South Poles with his right-hand man, pilot Floyd Bennett. Byrd never expected that he would be taking a four-legged friend with him.

Maris Boggs saw Byrd’s story in the newspaper and thought the puppy she found would be a good companion for the adventurous man. Byrd reluctantly took the dog, named Igloo, abroad. The dog took to life at sea naturally and became a favorite among the crew. The time spent preparing for these polar adventures formed a friendship between Byrd and Igloo that was unbreakable.

This is an incredible story of the bond a man and a dog share. Through good times and bad, this duo stuck together as they traveled the world. If you love biographies, adventures, or dogs, this book is loaded with interesting information (and cool pictures!)! You won’t want to put this down!

Read a sample chapter and tell us what you think in the Comments.

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

November 12, 2013

Guinness Pogo Stick Poll

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Guinness World Records 2014 Pogo Sticks: Who Would Win?

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s . . .a guy on a pogo stick?!

If you had the option to hop on the world’s shortest pogo stick or the world’s tallest pogo stick which one would you choose? Would you stay closer to the ground on the shortest pogo to pick up great speed or would you pogo higher up in the sky to gain great height and distance?GuinnessPogo1GuinnessPogo2

Write your choice in the Comments below!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

Images courtesy of Guinness World Records 2014

November 12, 2013

Season Personality Quiz Results

Posted by at 1:53 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

Which season are you?

Which season best represents YOUR personality? Last week, Desertchief gave you a Season Personality Quiz to determine if you a winter, spring, summer, or fall person. Okay, now we will do the results.

If you picked mostly A’s: You are a WINTER kind of person!
From unwrapping presents to snowboarding, you have the winter spirit! You love cold days and you
are attracted to colors like blue, gray, and white. Try painting your room with cool, winter colors so you can capture winter all year long!

If you picked mostly B’s: You are a SPRING kind of person!
From having a picnic to sniffing flowers (Make sure you don’t have an allergy!), you are the spring kind of person! You love warm days and you are attracted to colors like green, light red, and light pink. Put some plants in your room so you can capture spring all year long!

If you picked mostly C’s: You are a SUMMER kind of person!
From swimming in the pool to hanging out with pals, you are a summer lover! You love hot days
and you are attracted to colors like dark red, gold, and dark pink. Turn the heat up and wear shorts all year long!

If you picked mostly D’s: You are a FALL kind of person!
From hanging jack-o-lanterns to making a scarecrow, you are a fall person at heart! You love chilly days and you are attracted to colors like brown, orange, and yellow. Get a cozy earth-toned blanket for your bed so you can capture fall all year long!

What do you think? Does this quiz describe your personality? It’s funny. My favorite season is summer, but I have a winter personality. How does that work?

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

November 11, 2013

Autumn Puppy Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:11 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a Caption: Miley

Talk about camouflage! Where did little Miley go?! Wait! There she is, playing in a pile of crunchy, autumn leaves.


Caption: “1, 2, 3 . . .” “This is going to be the best game of hide and seek ever!!” “4, 5, 6 . . . ” “They’ll never find me here! My fur matches the color of these leaves!” “7, 8, 9, 10 . . . ” “This pile is super comfy . . . I could just take a nap right here while I wait for them to find me.”

What do YOU think this cutie would be saying if she could talk? Write a caption in the Comments!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

November 8, 2013

Austin and Ally Interviews

Posted by at 1:04 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

Austin & Ally logoDo you love Austin & Ally?

I make no secret of my love for Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally, R5, Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2), but today I am super-excited because we have interviews from the entire awesome cast of Austin & Ally: Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez, Calum Worthy, and Ross Lynch. There is a definite Harry Potter theme, but I was floored when I found out that one of these actors actually auditioned (and was rejected) for a major role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Read the interview to find out who!

Embarrassing story
Laura: I have way too many! Ross and I were filming this PSA and we were running and jumping on this log. Ross jumps perfectly and then I jump and fall right on my face on the ground. Everyone was like, “Laura, are you OK?” and I said “Yeah, I’m fine. Let’s do it again,” and they were like, “We’re never letting you do that again!” It was so embarrassing.
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November 7, 2013

The Pet War Book Review

Posted by at 1:36 am in Reads | Permalink

The Pet War by Allan Woodrow

“There are two types of people in the world: dog people and cat people. Dog people are clever, friendly, good-looking, funny and overall fantastically wonderful. Cat people, on the other hand, are ugly, boring, and smell bad. I’m not making that up – those are the facts.”

Otto is a dog person. His older sister Lexi is a cat person. They both want a pet. Their mother petwaragrees if Otto and Lexi can prove their responsibility. They must earn $500 towards their pet by the month’s end, keep their grades up, do chores around the house, and take care of the winning pet. Sounds easy, right?

Well, responsibility isn’t Otto’s middle name. Right off the bat, Lexi has charts, posters, and tutoring positions to rake in the cash. Otto has a little more trouble figuring out how he can earn money. Becoming a magician? Selling apples? Working at a grocery store? Nothing pans out the way Otto hoped, and time is running out! He has to think of something, anything, fast – or else he’ll be living with a new addition to the family not of his choosing.

Who will win this war, the cat-lover or the dog-lover? Read a sample chapter and let us know in the Comments what you think . . . and if you are a cat-lover or a dog-lover!!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer