March 25, 2015

One Direction Goes In Two Directions

Zayn MalikZayn Is Leaving One Direction!

It’s true. THIS IS NOT A JOKE! After five years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece group in the forthcoming concerts of their world tour, and will record their fifth album, due to be released later this year, without Zayn.

On the official One Direction Family website, Zayn says:

“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”

One Direction say:Jennette McCurdy Zayn Malik

“We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”

You know you’re a Directioner when . . . you wish this was just a bad dream. I remember when I was first introduced to Zayn (not in real life, but you know what I mean!) when I read this crazy, hilarious interview. And remember this One Direction trivia quiz? And who could forget when Sam abducted him on iCarly? Oh, the memories!

What are your best Zayn memories? Leave your tributes in the Comments. We will miss you, Zayn! *sniff*

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Zayn Malik photo courtesy of Sony Pictures, iCarly photo courtesy of Nickelodeon

 

March 25, 2015

March Books of the Month

Posted by at 1:33 am in Books of the Month, Reads | Permalink

Recommend me!The Most Popular Books of the Month

This long and dreadful winter is finally, finally coming to a close. At least we had PLENTY of time to power through our to-read lists with all of those snow days and freezing weekends. Unless, of course, you’re from some sunny spot that has never felt the icy grip of below-freezing temperatures . . . in which case, I’m super jealous. But anyway, I asked you last month what books you were reading and loving, and the response was crazy amazing! Thank you everyone who shared their gotta-read-it-right-now picks. Here they are:

march books of the month

Percy Jackson is the runaway favorite this round, but Dork Diaries is getting some serious representation. Go, Dork Diaries fans! Way to show your support! Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus are neck and neck this time. It’s a very close call. Between the two, which is your favorite?

There were a lot of new contenders this time around, too. I see you, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! I’m definitely reading that next.

Let’s keep this going. What other books are you super-excited about? What book must everyone in the world read at least ONCE? Share your picks in the Comments below!

See ya next month!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

March 24, 2015

Spring vs. Fall Would You Rather

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Would you rather . . .Spring vs. Fall Would You Rather

With the snow finally melting, the sound of birds chirping in the air, it can only mean one thing. Spring is here. Finally! It’s been a tough winter, and I’m totally ready. What about you guys?

But some people, as much as they like spring, like fall even better. They’re both such awesome seasons, it’s hard to decide. Which is your favorite?

Would You Rather . . . 

1. Pick flowers in spring OR rake leaves in fall?

2. Have a spring picnic OR a fall campfire marshmallow roast?

3. Eat jellybeans OR candy corns?

4. Be forced to dress up as the Easter Bunny OR a Thanksgiving turkey?

5. Plant a garden OR pick a pumpkin?

6. Drink pink lemonade OR apple cider?

7. Go to an NFL football game in the fall or MLB Opening Day baseball game in the spring?

8. Shop for back-to-school clothes in the fall OR shorts & t-shirts for the spring?

Let us know which season you “spring” for in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 23, 2015

Spring Poetry Generator

Posted by at 1:50 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Peep says Hi.Spring Poetry Generator

Spring is here… or so I’m told! It’s hard to imagine wearing t-shirts and sandals, when only last week, I was digging out the 5 feet of snow surrounding my driveway. But I’m optimistic, so I like to think it will be here sooner rather than later!

To get into the spirit, your job for today’s Writing Prompt is to take the 25 words below, and generate your own spring-themed poem. (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “I Have a Dream” poems you guys wrote were A-mazing.)

You can add articles (little words like “a” and “the”), verbs, or anything that will help it flow, but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!

  • springspring poem generator
  • sing
  • warm
  • sun
  • bathes
  • grass
  • toasting
  • birds
  • reflection
  • freezing
  • glow
  • butterfly
  • laying
  • running
  • flowers
  • kiss
  • garden
  • outside
  • trees
  • beauty
  • never
  • alive
  • falling
  • calling
  • school

Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be infected . . . with Spring Fever!!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 19, 2015

End Terrorism

Posted by at 1:34 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!A Plea to End Terrorism 

Every day when you wake up there is another frightening story on the news about an atrocious terrorist attack on the lives of many innocent men, women, and children. I think the most important issue in the world is stopping terrorism. I want the world to find a way to beat terrorists, so their threats and actions don’t make us question our freedom, but how?

First of all, the government needs to make stopping terrorism its top priority. It needs to focus less on Common Core, immigration, and school lunches, and more on the real problem of terrorism. We should NOT release convicted terrorists from prison. Letting them go only hurts us. We don’t know what they’ll do next and who they could be working with.

Also, the government needs to give more money to the military instead of constantly taking it away. I feel that our military is the best way to stop terrorists. Everyone can help by supporting the military in their efforts to stop terrorism. We can make a difference. Watch my video about how to support our troops overseas, and send your own care packages to this address:

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Angel Cuevas/Receiving 

The world would be such a better place without terrorists. We could all go to sleep feeling safer knowing terrorism has ended. It would be so awesome if there were no terrorists. Terrorism is a major world issue that must be stopped. This could be the change that could make the world a better place.

If you agree, please leave a post on the Save the Planet Message Board! Let’s keep this conversation going!

Emma Rose, Scholastic Kids Council

March 18, 2015

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

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Recommend me!Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (for ages 6-9) by Claudia Mills

Todays book review comes from MidsummerBook13 on the Reading Buzz Board.

Do you like to read? Then this book is perfect for you! Kelsey Green, Reading Queen has many outstanding characters and a cool plot. I also think it has awesome illustrations. Kelsey loves reading the way her friend Izzy Barr loves running and her friend Annika Riz loves math. She is the best reader in her class, tied with Simon Ellis. Plus, she has a really, really mean teacher, Mrs. Molina. She has the best principal ever, Mr. Boone. She also has a bad reader in her class, Cody Harmon.kelsey green, reading queen

When Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading contest, Kelsey Green is totally in. She thinks Simon is cheating, so she and her 2 best friends Annika and Izzy try to spy on him to figure out if he really is reading all those books he says he is. Kelsey is also kind of sneaky because she reads at her brother Dylan’s band concert, and in math.

Finally, Rob Shepperson is the best illustrator I’ve seen since Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One‘s illustrator. He draws with great detail and awesome shadow techniques. On the cover, I highly adore the technique he used of drawing a line underneath Kelsey to make it seem as if Kelsey is standing on a solid surface, even though she is really just floating in the pale green and white striped background.

In conclusion, I’ve read a lot of books, so trust me when I say Kelsey Green, Reading Queen is the best one I’ve read in years. It’s great for bookworms ages 6-9, and I would totally give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

March 17, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure Part 3

Posted by at 1:52 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

shamrocksChoose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Day Story Part 3

We posted Part 1 and Part 2 of this epic St. Patrick’s Day story. Get ready for the conclusion!

You follow Niamh through a wooded glen. You are greeted at every step by all sorts of bizarre and unusual creatures and people. Fairies! Warriors in fur pelts! Talking animals! This is getting way crazy. Enbarr trots behind you, neighing and occasionally butting you with his nose.

“Tír na nÓg is what you mortals call the Otherworld,” says Niamh.

“Otherworld?” you ask. “What’s that?”

Niamh looks very disappointed, and sighs loudly. “What are they teaching you on Earth nowadays? The Otherworld. It’s where the immortals and spirits live.” Continue reading

March 13, 2015

Mimi Kirkland Answers Your Questions

Mimi KirklandThe adorable Mimi Kirkland who plays Lily on Austin & Ally answers your questions.

Q: How old are you?
Mimi: I am 10 years old.

Q: When you first came on Austin & Ally how excited were you?
Mimi: It just happened to be my 10th birthday when I got the call that I would be playing Lily on Austin & Ally. I started screaming and jumping for joy!! It was the best birthday ever!! I have seen every Austin & Ally episode so it was a dream come true to find out I would be working and acting with them.

Q: How long does it take to make 1 episode?
Mimi: It takes one week to film one episode.

Mimi Kirkland and Laura Marano

Photo courtesy Disney Channel

Q: How would you describe each of your co-stars?
Mimi: Laura: Sweet and nice.
Raini: Exciting and energetic.
Ross: Musical and cool
Calum: Funny and entertaining.

Q: Do you have to memorize your lines or do people hold up cards?
Mimi: We have to memorize our lines.

Q: When did you start acting? Do you like singing? Can you give me some tips?
Mimi: When I was on stage at my preschool graduation, I was 5 years old and the teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I said I wanted to be an actress so my parents found an agent in Raleigh, NC. I’ve had to audition for over 150 roles. Yes, I love to sing. Be yourself, be confident, and have fun! Keep working towards what you love because there is always something that you have to sacrifice to pursue your dream and it’s not always easy. Stick with it and stay positive!

Q: What are the names of your sisters?
Mimi: Coley & Kate

Q: What do you do in your free time? Do you like to read?
Mimi: I love to read!!! I also like playing outside, swimming, riding my bike, dancing and playing with my friends and my sisters.

Q: What is another talent you have besides acting?
Mimi: I like to sing and dance. I’m currently taking hip hop and ballet.

Q: Do you like pizza?
Mimi: YES! Cheese pizza, regular crust!

Q: What’s your favorite color?
Mimi: Green.

Q: Why does Ally never like anyone to touch her song book?
Mimi: I really don’t know why. Maybe because she writes personal things in her song book and it’s more like a journal.

March 12, 2015

Drop the Drama

Posted by at 1:51 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!World Peace Starts at Home!

The most important issue in the world today is terrorism and violence. Terrorism is when a group of people does terrible things to people around them. Terrorism can happen anywhere, but right now it is occurring in the Middle East in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.

I hear about these acts of terrorism and feel bad for the victims, and I had an idea about what I could do to help this issue. The idea is to make peace within my own community. We can’t expect to have peace in the Middle East if two kids can’t resolve arguments calmly at school.Drop the drama

Adults should be setting an example for their kids. Since kids look up to adults as a guide, they should see that peaceful problem solving works better than making a huge drama about something. With problem solving, you forget the issue sooner than with a huge drama. I know adults can get all wrapped up in problems that are only little, just like kids do. I’ve also seen adults resolve things peacefully between themselves. A good example of this is my dad. Work can present disagreements for him, but he is always so calm when he talks about his day that I know he is very good at problem solving.

This idea would make a difference because kids don’t always think of other possibilities when they have a problem. They often get wrapped up in the argument and how they are “so right” that they don’t ever try to resolve it. If their parents practiced better resolutions of problems in front of them, kids might think of it when they have disputes with people.

While one person can’t stop terrorism, if everyone tried as a whole world, we could. Even if terrorism continues for years to come, this will still make a difference within our communities, schools, and within ourselves for just as many years. Even if this idea of rational problem solving doesn’t work immediately, it will definitely work long-term and make the world a better place.

Go to the Save the Planet Message Board to discuss YOUR ideas to help create world peace.

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council