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February 18, 2015

February Books of the Month

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It’s Books of the Month Time!

I know I always get WAY too excited whenever this post comes around, but hey–it’s been a long winter and I’ve had a lot of free time, so I’m running out of books to read. I need your recommendations now more than ever!

Last month, we asked you what books you were reading and loving. I’ve put the results in a word cloud so we can see which titles reign supreme. Check it out:

feb 2015 best books for kids

Well, now! Harry Potter is experiencing a bit of a comeback! It looks like Dork Diaries is moving up in popularity, too! Let’s keep this going. What other books are you reading this winter? What books do you think everyone else absolutely, totally, MUST read, like, RIGHT AWAY? Share your picks in the Comments below!

I’m off to re-read Harry Potter now. See you around.

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

February 10, 2015

Valentine Personality Quiz

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Valentine  personlaity quizWho Is Your Fictional Valentine?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I don’t know about you, but I love Valentine’s Day. I can’t wait to get together with my best friends, make pizza, eat ice cream, and watch bad movies (obviously, the greatest Valentine’s Day tradition ever)! But for those of you who are feeling romantic, we decided to give you a very special, love-themed Valentine Personality Quiz! Since, you know, regular people are just not as good as fictional characters, we’re allowing our imaginations to run free to dream up the dreamiest of Valentines: our favorite book characters.

  1. Your idea of a perfect date is: a) dinner and a movie–classic. b) ice skating followed by hot chocolate at your favorite cafe. c) theme park! d) a walk in the great outdoors. e) a concert.
  2. In your free time, you are most likely: a) playing a game of pick-up basketball with your friends. b) reading a book. c) pulling pranks on a family member. d) volunteering at the local animal shelter. e) setting things on fire.
  3. To you, the best Valentine’s Day gift would be: a) a teddy bear. b) a book thoughtfully picked out just for you. c) candy! ALL THE CANDY! d) a beautiful bouquet of flowers. e) gifts are for losers, but some cash would be really sweet.
  4. Your dream Valentine wears: a) flannel and jeans. b) something dressy and smart. c) a witty t-shirt. d) the coziest of sweaters. e) a leather jacket.
  5. At school, your favorite subject is: a) history. b) chemistry. c) lunch. d) language arts. e) playing hooky.
  6. What’s a big no-no for you? a) nail-biting. b) not reading for fun. c) being too serious. d) not liking animals. e) following the rules all the time.
  7. You and your Valentine are a) always on time. b) always swapping book or movie recommendations. c) always joking around. d) always looking for ways to be more environmentally-friendly. e) always getting into trouble together.
  8. The first thing you notice about your Valentine is his/her: a) strength. b) brains. c) sense of humor. d) kindness. e) looks.
  9. Your favorite breakfast is: a) pancakes! b) breakfast smoothie. c) PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST! d) fresh fruits and oatmeal. e) coffee.
  10. Your dream vacation would be: a) a historical tour in a European city. b) a week at a lake cabin, reading books all day by the water. c) Disney World! d) a safari trip. e) a trip to a huge, exciting city with a cool music scene.

If you picked mostly A’s, you got the all-star. Your valentine? Hermione Granger or Percy Jackson. Your dream valentine is one of those all-around good people with a heart of gold and really high standards. He/she is a real leader, and together, you’ll be unstoppable. You keep it classy. Even your parents and best friend are fans!

If you picked mostly B’s, you got the quiet genius. Your valentine is Amy Cahill or Neville Longbottom. Even though your valentine isn’t super-flashy on the outside, he/she is definitely a brainy rock star. As a team, no one can beat you guys at trivia. Your to-read list is about to get a whole lot longer, since your valentine is also really great at recommending the perfect book. And your sweetie always gets you the perfect, most thoughtful gifts. Talk about a fairy tale romance!

If you picked mostly C’s, you got the class clown. Your book valentine is Jamie Kelly or Greg Heffley. You love having a good time and your valentine knows exactly how to turn every situation into a laugh-fest! Be prepared to deal with a LOT of cleverly concealed whoopee cushions and fake bugs on your desk. But hey, life’s definitely much more interesting that way!

If you picked mostly D’s, you got the free spirit. Your ideal match is someone like Luna Lovegood or Rowley Jefferson. Smart and whimsical, your valentine is a really great listener and knows exactly how to make you feel important and cared for. You’ll be spending a lot of time outside, playing with animals, and learning how to make delicious vegan cookies together. Sounds pretty sweet!

If you picked mostly E’s, you got the baddie. You love a rebel like Mackenzie Hollister or Draco Malfoy. Do you solemnly swear that you are up to no good? So does your partner-in-crime. Though your times together can get kind of rocky, you’ll still have a total blast breaking the rules and making your (dark) mark on the world.

Which book valentine did YOU get? Share in the Comments below!

See ya next time,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

December 23, 2014

Winter Name Generator

Posted by at 1:03 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

What’s Your Winter Name?

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It’s officially wintertime! Yay! Now that we’re all getting used to the cold. You may already know your Christmas Elf Name, but we have a new winter name generator today.

Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your winter first name. Then look at the list of the months below and find the month of your birthday. That word is your winter last name. For example, my name begins with an E and my birthday is in March, so my new winter name would be Snowflake Skates.

So grab a hot chocolate and find out what your very own winter name is!

  • A – Snowy
  • B – Frosty
  • C – Gingerbread
  • D – Icy
  • E – Snowflake
  • F – Frozen
  • G – Peppermint
  • H – Cozy
  • I – Twinkling
  • J – Sparkling
  • K – Cider
  • L – Toasty
  • M – Cocoa
  • N – Pinecone
  • O – Evergreen
  • P – Windy
  • Q – Chilly
  • R – Polar
  • S – Flurry
  • T – Crystal
  • U – Glacial
  • V – Icicle
  • W – Snuggle
  • X – Arctic
  • Y – Blizzard
  • Z – Winter
  • January – Cookie
  • February – Chocolate
  • March – Skates
  • April – Cabin
  • May – Fireplace
  • June – Mittens
  • July – Sled
  • August – Sweater
  • September – Boots
  • October – Ski slope
  • November – Cloud
  • December – Long-Johns

Happy winter, everyone!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. Snowflake Skates)

December 9, 2014

Holiday Song Mashup

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Holiday song mashupTest Your Holiday Song Smarts!

You know it’s finally the holiday season when you turn on the radio and it’s nothing but your favorite holiday jams! Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit like a great holiday song. So I thought it would be a great idea to give y’all a trivia quiz featuring mashed-up, mixed-up holiday song titles!

In case you’re new to the world of title combination quizzes, here’s how to play. Below is a list of 10 holiday songs, but they’re not the songs you’re familiar with. I combined two song titles together, and you get to determine the two original song titles!

For example, “We Wish You A Merry Silent Night” is a mashup of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Silent Night.”

Can you decode the titles below?

  1. All I Want for Christmas is Bell Rock
  2. Do You Want to Build a Red-Nosed Reindeer?
  3. Rockin’ Around the Navidad
  4. Holly Jolly Mean One, Mister Grinch
  5. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  6. Where Are You Silver Bells?
  7. Deck the Christmas Wrapping
  8. 12 Days of Comin’ To Town
  9. Let It Snow Home for Christmas
  10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Sleigh Ride
  11. Frosty the Jingle Bells

BONUS: Auld Lang Wenceslas

Can you figure out what the original song titles are? Share your answers in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

December 8, 2014

Holiday Present Personality Quiz

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holiday present personality quizWhich Holiday Present Is Best For You?

It’s holiday time and everyone is probably asking you what you want for Christmas or Hanukkah. Well, here is a personality quiz to help you simplify your answer. Answer these questions to find out your holiday present personality.

  1. It’s a snow day! You spend the day . . . A) outside building snowmen and having sled races with your friends. B) reorganizing your closet and playing dress-up. C) making a dent in your ever-growing to-read list. D) learning how to knit. E) playing your favorite video game.
  2. Your class is having a holiday party and you’re in charge of dessert. What do you bring? A) Whatever your mom picks out will be fine. B) Cupcakes from your favorite (trendiest) bakery in town. C) An apple pie made from a recipe that’s been in your family for generations. D) A cake you decorated yourself. E) You were supposed to bring dessert??? Oops.
  3. Your mom wants to take a family photo for the holidays. You pick an outfit that . . . A) looks like your regular everyday uniform of jeans and a T-shirt. B) took forty hours to plan because you gotta look hip and perfect! C) is sensible and cute, so you wear your favorite winter sweater. D) is colorful and bright. E) represents your unique and quirky personality: your favorite tee and a Santa hat.
  4. Your favorite subject in school is . . . A) Phys Ed. B) Social Studies. C) Language Arts. D) Art. E) Computers.
  5. ‘Tis the season to give! You give back during the holidays by . . .  A) organizing a fundraiser to help preserve wildlife habitats. B) running a clothing drive. C) donating loved books to your local library. D) volunteering in an animal shelter. E) serving meals at a homeless shelter.
  6. Your favorite book genre is . . .  A) non-fiction. B) realistic fiction. C) fantasy. D) mystery. E) funny books.
  7. Your favorite food is . . . A) sandwiches. B) sushi. C) pizza. D) chocolate. E) ice cream.
  8. Your dream winter getaway vacation is . . . A) a snowboarding trip. B) a fabulous city with excellent shopping options. C) a tropical beach where you can stretch out and read a great book. D) a safari. E) a rainforest adventure.
  9. Your friends would best describe you as . . . A) intense. B) stylish. C) loyal. D) artistic. E) funny. Continue reading
September 26, 2014

Jake Short in Mighty Med

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jake_short_faceJake Short Is Oliver in Mighty Med!

We’re all super-sad that A.N.T. Farm ended, but we’re really glad that the stars from the show are still doing awesome things! 17-year-old Jake Short, who played Fletcher on A.N.T. Farm, now stars in the show Mighty Med on Disney XD. Have you seen it? The show is about two best friends, Kaz and Oliver, who work at a special hospital called Mighty Med that treats superheroes and sci-fi and fantasy characters. Kaz is played by Bradley Steven Perry (who was Gabe Duncan on Good Luck Charlie) and Jake plays Oliver.

We wanted to see what the 16-year-old actor has been up to since the last time we interviewed him. What’s it like being in Mighty Med? What’s his most embarrassing moment? What’s his dream pet? Read on to find out! Continue reading

September 19, 2014

Cameron Boyce, Take Two

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cameron_boyce_iconCameron Boyce, a.k.a. Luke from Jessie!

Okay, Jessie fans, prepare yourselves. Cameron Boyce, who plays Luke on the show, is back again with another interview! It’s been a little while since our first interview with the 15-year-old star, so we’re bringing you a much-needed update. We caught up with the actor to talk about how Luke’s growing up, what kind of silly (and sweet) stuff his fans send him, and, yes, about Frank the lizard. Check it out!

Q: This year you seem to be growing up a lot! How has that changed your character?

Cameron: I’m growing, yeah, and hopefully Luke is taking more baths this year compared to last year! (laughs) He’s not as smelly! Hopefully, we will start getting some girls for Luke besides Jessie . . . he has got to get over Jessie.

KARAN BRAR, CAMERON BOYCE

photo courtesy Disney Channel

Q: So how is it working with everyone, including the lizard?

Cameron: The lizard’s name is Frank, and he is a dude. He’s pretty slow and he is not very intimidating. You think that he can run after you and eat you, but he’s really slow. He’s a big boy!

Q: What kind of stuff do you get from the fans?

Cameron: I get a lot of funny letters. The cutest ones I get are from really little girls, because they are full of misspelled words and words are backwards. They all pretty much say, “You’re cute . . . I like you a lot!” I also get a lot of things in the mail . . . like bracelets. I get a lot of bracelets. I got a stuffed Koala from Georgia.

Did you read our earlier interview with Cameron? Be sure to check that out, and also don’t miss our interview with his castmate Karan Brar (and take our Jessie Would You Rather quiz)! Are you excited to see what happens with Luke next? Are you a Jessie fan? What kind of fan mail would YOU send Cameron? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

See y’all around,

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

Interview by Sue Schneider

September 15, 2014

Guinness World Records Dogs Create a Caption

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guinness_world_records_2015Create a Caption for These Amazing Dogs!

Dogs can do some pretty cool tricks, but how many dogs do you know that can skateboard? Thanks to Guinness World Records 2015 – a treasure trove of weird, amazing, goofy, and straight-up bizarre photos and facts—we now know that a dog named Norman scooted 30 meters (98 feet in) only 20.77 seconds, making him the world’s fastest dog on a scooter. Bet you didn’t know there was even a record for that! Continue reading

September 12, 2014

Girl Meets World Interviews

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Girl Meets World Cast Interviews

Do you love Girl Meets World? We interviewed Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carter who play Riley and Maya on the show. Among their classmates is an intelligent and quirky boy named Farkle (played by 14-year-old Corey Fogelmanis) and Riley’s crush, Lucas (played by Peyton Meyer) who has relocated from Texas and is adjusting to life in the city. Read on for interviews with these two boys from the show.

Introducing COREY FOGELMANIS & PEYTON MEYER!

Peyton, tell me about your character. What do you like about him? Continue reading

September 5, 2014

Disney Stars Back-to-School Tips

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back_to_school_with_disneyDisney Channel stars share their back-to-school tips

Starting a new school year is never easy, but fear not! Some amazing Disney Channel stars are here to share their best back-to-school advice. Read what they have to say.

Don’t be afraid to meet new people and make new friends. There is always someone at your school who’s as nervous as you are about socializing with new people. Discipline yourself when it comes to homework. Not doing it isn’t worth the stress of getting behind. China Anne McClain (How to Build a Better Boy) Continue reading