Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 8, 2014

Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

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Valentine's HeartWe Heart Bookish Valentines!

Books = Love. That’s why bookmarks make perfect Valentine’s Day cards. Here are a few ideas you can make for your bookish friends this Valentine’s Day. I hope you like them!

Valentine Bookmarks

Pipe cleaner heart bookmarkPipe Cleaner Heart
Fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist the ends together a little bit. Pull the folded-over part into a heart shape. So easy! If you want to add a message, you can glue a piece of paper to the pipe cleaner and write your message inside.

Paper clip heart bookmarkPaper Clip Heart
Draw or trace heart onto some pretty paper – or plain paper colored to look pretty. Cut out your heart and glue it to a paper clip. If you have a wooden stick, you can use this instead of a paper clip.

Paper heart garland bookmarkHeart Garland
Cut out a few small hearts and glue them to a piece of yarn or string.

Do you have any other Valentine’s Day bookmark ideas? Share them in the Comments. Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

February 7, 2014

Freeskier Roz Groenewoud

Posted by at 1:32 am in Olympics | Permalink

Roz GroenewoudFreeskier Roz Groenewoud Interview

The 2014 Winter Olympics are on, and we are really stoked about one of this year’s sports: freeskiing (as you can probably tell from our interview with freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace). Today, we represent the ladies! We have an interview with 25-year-old female Canadian freeskier (and two-time X Games Gold Medalist) Roz Groenwoud. She talks about her training, balancing skiing and school, and the reason why she always wears red lipstick when she competes. (It’s not because it matches the logo of Target, her education sponsor). Check it out! Continue reading

February 5, 2014

The Lost Boy Book Review

Posted by at 1:07 am in Graphic Novels, Reads | Permalink

The Lost BoyThe Lost Boy by Greg Ruth (a graphic novel for ages 8-12)

There’s something spooky about Nate’s new house in Crow’s Woods. When Nate gets to pick his own room, he never expects to find a note addressed to him in the floorboards. Along with it is a series of old recordings, all made by a boy named Walter Pidgin.The Lost Boy book cover by Greg Ruth

Walt’s story takes place in the 1950s. Walt takes his mother’s tape recorder with him wherever he goes, documenting his life, especially when weird things start to happen. Dogs and cats start to go missing, and Walt thinks he sees crickets riding dogs and a doll that moves and speaks. And there’s a talking squirrel. He thinks he is going crazy, so he sets off to investigate.

Meanwhile, in the present, Nate starts seeing the same things Walt described on his tapes. His nosy neighbor Tabitha joins him when he decides to seek out answers. Signs are beginning to show that a dark force is about to escape, and Nate and Tabitha must save the town from the evil Vespertine before his powers completely take over Crow’s Woods.

The Lost Boy is a suspenseful mystery with a twist of fantasy. The artwork and the writing makes the characters jump off the page, sucking you right into the story. Read Chapter 1 and let us know what you think in the Comments!

–Elysse, STACKS Writer

February 4, 2014

Celebrity Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:21 am in Celebrities, Personality Quiz | Permalink

Question marksPersonality Quiz: Who Is Your Celebrity Style Icon?

When we read magazines or watch television, we see so many actors, musicians, and artists with different fashion styles. Sometimes they can influence us to try new looks and better express ourselves. Which famous celebrity do you usually look to for style inspiration? Who is your fashion icon? Take this quiz and find out whom you share your style with!

Your absolute favorite pair of shoes is . . . A) perfectly worn in, black combat boots. B) high-top sneakers with neon accents and funky designs. C) cute little flats with bows on the front. D) comfortable slip-on skate shoes.

Your iPod is always playing . . .  A) rock music. You rock out to Maroon 5 on the daily. B) R&B and hip-hop music. You’re soulful like Bruno Mars and Usher. C) dance or electronic music. You can’t get enough of Rihanna. D) pop music. You love anything by One Direction.

Your go-to school outfit is always . . . A) a band tee and torn jeans. B) something eye-catching like pattern-printed pants and tons of bling. C) a girly dress with colorful tights. D) a classic v-neck and blue jeans.

Your favorite accessory is . . . A) checkered socks. B) a chain necklace. C) glitter nail polish. D) vintage sunglasses.

Your favorite free-time activity is . . . A) jamming with your band. B) hanging out in the park with friends. C) going to an after-school dance class. D) skating around the neighborhood.

You express yourself artistically by . . . A) playing the guitar. B) singing your heart out. C) acting or dancing on stage. D) writing song lyrics.

Ready for the results? Count up your answers and find out which celebrity’s style is most like yours!

If you answered mostly A’s:  Your style is rocker chic like Demi Lovato and Adam Levine. You pledge allegiance to rock ‘n’ roll and like to be a little edgy. You wouldn’t trade your old leather boots or favorite band t-shirts for anything in the world. Deep down, you are a rock star!

If you answered mostly B’s: Your style is funky and over-the-top like Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. You are artistic and wild. You always love to try something new and different, especially in terms of your fashion style! You like being a little offbeat because that is what makes you unique as you stand out from the crowd!

If you answered mostly C’s: Your style is bold and glamorous like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. You like to look your best, but you aren’t afraid to take a risk. You love when the spotlight is on you and performing on stage for all to see. Your great confidence is what truly makes you sparkle!

If you answered mostly D’s: Your style is cool and laid-back like Harry Styles and Bridget Mendler. You love sticking to the basics. You can do your own thing and don’t really care what others think. You like being comfortable and you don’t need to stand out in a crowd to look good. Your look will always be classic!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

February 2, 2014

Doggiezzz! Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:28 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

createacaption2Create a Caption for Bran G

Look how precious Bran G is snuggled up in his puppy pillow! It seems as if he is about to lie down for his nap. Do you agree? What do you think he is saying? Add YOUR own caption in the Comments!

Dog photoHere’s my caption: “Who says cats are the only ones that can take naps? This bed is sooo comfortable! I’m just gonna snooze for a bit. Don’t wake me; don’t wake me zzzzzzzzzz!”

–Amanda, STACKS Intern