Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 30, 2014

April Books of the Month

Posted by at 1:07 am in Books of the Month, Reads | Permalink

writing_prompt_book_recommendationIt’s time for April Books of the Month!

Aaaaaaand we’re back! You know what time it is: it’s Books of the Month time! YEAH! At the end of March, we asked you what books you were reading. Then we made a word cloud so we could see which books were most popular. We’ve got some cool new contenders for the top spot. (We see you, Esperanza Rising and Minecraft fans!)

April Books of the Month word cloud

We’ll be doing this again for next month, so show your favorite new (or not-so-new!) book title some love and share with us what you’re reading right now. Leave the name of the book (or books!) in the Comments section below. Can’t wait to see which title reigns supreme in May!

Till next time,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

April 29, 2014

Minecraft Would You Rather Quiz

Posted by at 1:02 am in Games, Would You Rather | Permalink

Minecraft)Minecraft Would You Rather

It’s the game that’s taking over the world and has people totally obsessed. It’s like building with LEGO bricks, becoming an engineer, and a little bit of killing zombies. You know what I’m talking about: MINECRAFT.

If you play Minecraft, you will like today’s Would You Rather Quiz. And if not, these choices might intrigue you anyway! So jump in. Would you rather . . .Minecraft Redstone Handbook book cover

1. Be attacked by a zombie OR fall off a bottomless pit?

2. Drink a sugar potion to run faster OR a golden carrot potion to see better in the dark?

3. Eat a poison potato OR rotten flesh?

4. Start digging a mine OR start building a farm?

5. Get trapped in a dungeon OR burned by lava?

6. Build a secret underwater glass hideout OR build a roller coaster?

7. Play Minecraft OR watch videos of people playing Minecraft?

Let us know your answers in the Comments below. Before nightfall . . . and the Creepers come out.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

April 28, 2014

Dork Diaries Dream Cast

Posted by at 1:55 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Dork Diaries book coverWho should be in the Dork Diaries movie cast?

You may have heard already, but the bestselling Dork Diaries book series will be made into a movie in 2015! Cool, huh?

If you haven’t read any Dork Diaries books yet, they’re pretty hilarious. They are written from the diary perspective of Nikki, a 14-year-old middle-schooler, who just transferred to a snooty private school. What everyone doesn’t know is that she is there on scholarship as a part of her dad’s bug exterminator business contract.

Nikki doesn’t fit in with the wealthy, designer-clad students, and spends most of her time alone writing in her diary. Then she befriends two other “dorky” girls, Chloe and Zoey, and discovers the beautiful Brandon Roberts (her crush). But the most popular girl in the school, MacKenzie Hollister, also has a crush on Brandon, and is determined to make Nikki’s life more miserable than it already is.

So . . . before the casting is decided, we want to know who’s in YOUR dream cast? Maybe some big Hollywood exec will even read this post and cast your pick!

Let us know your cast picks for . . .

G Hannelius photo

Disney Channel

Nikki: With her brown pigtails, and artsy, clumsy, and lovably dorky ways, I would choose G Hannelius.

Chloe: She is slightly prissy and a self-proclaimed expert on boys. I can’t decide between Peyton List and Olivia Holt.

Zoey has dark hair, loves self-help books, and acts like a teen Dr. Phil with hoop earrings. Zendaya or China Anne McClain maybe?

Ross Lynch

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Brandon has wavy hair and blue eyes. He’s an animal lover and super-cute dreamboat. Ross Lynch — no contest!

MacKenzie has blond hair, blue eyes, and is as evil as a rattlesnake in lip gloss and ankle boots! I would pick Dove Cameron — not because I think she’s mean, but because she can play all different kinds of girls. She plays 2 completely different people in one show!

List your dream cast in the Comments below. We can’t wait to see who you say!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 25, 2014

SPONSORED POST Earth to Echo

Posted by at 6:01 pm in Celebrities, SPONSORED | Permalink

Earth to Echo movie photoThis blog post is sponsored by Earth to Echo.

Earth to Echo (rated PG For Some Action and Peril, and Mild Language) is a movie about a group of friends who embark on one last adventure to investigate the source of the cryptic signals they’ve been receiving. It’s a discovery beyond their wildest imaginations and changes their lives forever. It stars Ella Wahlestedt as Emma, Reese C. Hartwig as Munch, Teo Halm as Alex, and Brian “Astro” Bradley as Tuck. Read on to find out more from the cast about the movie, in theaters July 2, 2014! Continue reading

April 25, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 21

Posted by at 2:47 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Final Book Clue!

We have come to the end of our week of Reading Bingo. Today’s goal is to fill in every single box in your Reading Bingo card, and in this last post, I will give you the final 4 clues all in one go. Look at your Reading Bingo card carefully and double check all the past book clues. It’s still not too late to start today’s game, but this is your LAST CHANCE to get Bingo!

Your final 4 book clues are . . .

Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner

I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis

The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

If you have read any of these books, choose the proper Bingo square and write in the title.

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here. Book clues 123456789, 101112131415161718, 19, and 20 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus all of today’s book clues.

Did you do it? Did you fill in every single square on your Reading Bingo card? Yell it out in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 25, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 19

Posted by at 1:06 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Last Day!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to fill in every single box in your Reading Bingo card. If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues  123456789, 10111213, 1415, 16, 17, and 18 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus all of today’s book clues. Even if you haven’t been playing all week, you can still join the game, so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for your next book clue!

Book clue 19 is . . .Swindle book cover
Swindle by Gordon Korman

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title. Check Ink Splot 26 and the Reading Buzz Board all day for more book clues. When you get your entire Reading Bingo card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 24, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 16

Posted by at 1:16 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 4!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a Z-shape on your Reading Bingo card like this:Bingo Z shape

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues 123456789, 10111213, 14, and 15 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 16 is . . .Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26, the Message Boards, and your Profile shout-outs all day for more book clues. When you get the Z-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 23, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 14

Posted by at 5:43 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Today’s game of Reading Bingo continues with another book clue. Did you get the H-shape on your bingo card filled in?

Book clue 14 is . . . .
Holes book cover

Holes by Louis Sachar

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Remember, book clues 123456789, 101112, and 13 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s new book clue. There will be one more book clue hidden on the Stack Back Message Board today. Go see if you can find it!

If you got it, then yell BINGO! in the Comments. If not, come back for more book clues and a new way to win tomorrow morning.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 23, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 13

Posted by at 3:00 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

GOOOOO, READING BINGO!

We’re at book clue 13 already! I can’t believe it! Have you gotten the H-shape BINGO yet? Tell us what titles you used!

Here’s our 13th book clue . . .

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renée Russell

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square that it fits in and write in the title.

Two more clues are left for today’s Reading Bingo. Come back to Ink Splot 26 and check the Stack Back Message Board to find them later today!

Remember that book clues 1-12 also count in today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s clues. Can’t wait to see what cool books you’ve been reading!

Until next time!

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

April 23, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 12

Posted by at 12:18 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Day three of Reading Bingo is well underway! Y’all are doing great! Today’s shape is pretty awesome. Have you gotten Bingo yet?

Ready for book clue 12? Here we go!

Book clue 12 is . . .
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey book cover

Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square that it fits in and write in the title.

We’ve got three more clues today. Come back to Ink Splot 26 and also check the Stack Back Message Board throughout the day to catch them!

Remember, book clues 1-11 also count towards today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clues. When you get an H-shape, yell BINGO! in the Comments. See ya later!

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer