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February 26, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 3

Posted by at 1:33 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Choose Your Fictional Character Dream Team!

While it’s awesome to see trained athletes tearing up the ice in a team sport like hockey, here at the STACKS, it is day 3 of the STACKS Winter Reading Games, and we have to wonder: what would it be like to have an Olympic team made up of characters from our favorite books?

Since hockey is probably the team sport on ice that I understand best, I’m creating my dream sports lineup as a hockey team. My picks?

  • 204-4426Percy Jackson, obviously, because he can control water and would therefore be a speed demon on ice.
  • Clarisse La Rue (of the Percy Jackson series) because she’s super-aggressive and would have no problem knocking out an opposing player.
  • Hagrid (of the Harry Potter series) because he’d be an amazing goalie.
  • George and Harold (of Captain Underpants) because they are fast thinkers and you need to be a fast thinker on ice!
  • Harry Potter because he’d probably discover he had the ability to do something awesome halfway through the game and totally take down the opposition.

How about you? What would YOUR fictional character dream team look like? Share in the Comments below! And come back tomorrow to participate in the next Winter Reading Games event!

image from kids.scholastic.comEn-Szu, STACKS Staffer

February 25, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 2

Posted by at 1:11 am in Reads | Permalink

olympicsbanner130It’s OK to judge a book by its cover!

There’s a complex system of rules that judges of events like figure skating use to score each performance. Technical skill, creativity, the number of tricks performed—all of these things factor into the number judges come up with in the end.

Now it’s your turn to be the judge. The event? Book Cover Judging! Choose 5 books and rank them from one through five. What makes the Gold Medal book worthy of the number 1 spot? Is it because the cover fits the book best, or because you like the illustration or photo? Do you like the character on the cover?

I picked the five books closest to me, and here’s my ranking:

captain underpants   cityoflightdark   infinityring   horses dawn   spirit animals wild born

  1. The Adventures of Captain Underpants: This is probably the most exciting, colorful, and silly book cover I’ve ever seen. It fits the book perfectly! I mean, it doesn’t get more goofy than a man shaped like an egg wearing a red cape and underpants!
  2.  City of Light, City of Dark: When you first look at this cover, the sunset scene seems pretty calm and serene, but when you look closer, you can see something strange is going on. I love a cover that makes me take a second look!
  3. Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time: With this cover, you know you’re in for a very special adventure. It is a little mysterious, and doesn’t give away much about the book, but that makes me think what’s inside is going to be very exciting.
  4. Horses of the Dawn: The Escape: Okay, I love a good horse book. This illustration is absolutely gorgeous. I kind of wish there was more going on, though, so I could find out a little more about the book.
  5. Spirit Animals: Wild Born: A panda, a leopard, and a wolf? I love all three animals, but this cover seems a little too crowded. It still makes me want to read the book, though!

What about YOU? Choose 5 books and rank their covers. Share your rankings in the Comments below! And participate in the other STACKS Winter Reading Games events all week long!
image from kids.scholastic.comEn-Szu, STACKS Staffer

February 21, 2014

Winter Sports Books & Movies

Posted by at 12:13 pm in Olympics, Reads | Permalink

writing_prompt_book_recommendationWinter sports book and movie recommendations!

Are you totally caught up in the excitement of the Winter Olympics? Winter sports are the greatest! But if throwing on a pair of skates and executing flawless flips and spins seems a little out of your range, we bring to you this list of winter sport books and movies (for those of us who are happy to spend our time indoors with a cup of hot cocoa instead). Continue reading

February 10, 2014

Winter Olympics Create a Caption, Part I

Posted by at 1:58 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

createacaption2Olympic Ice Skating Photo

We’ve got a fever . . . Winter Olympics fever, that is! There have already been so many amazing photographs of athletes doing cool tricks and performing to the crowds in Sochi that we just knew we had to use one for Create a Caption.

Here’s a photo of Russian skater Evgeny Plyushchenko, competing in the Figure Skating Men’s Short Program. There’s a whole lot of drama going on here, but here’s what I think he’s saying. . .


“Dude, I know the skating competition is fierce, but I’ve got WINNER written all over me. I mean, look at this outfit! LOOK AT IT! Do you know how long it took to BeDazzle this? Do I get points for BeDazzling? I should get points for BeDazzling.”

What do YOU think Evgeny is saying? Share your caption in the Comments below!

–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Photo courtesy: XXII Winter Olympic Games

February 10, 2014

Winter Olympics Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:35 am in Olympics, Who Would Win | Permalink

trivia_quiz1It’s Winter Olympics time! I’m so psyched!!!

While we are huge fans of competition between the top athletes in the world, we had to wonder: what would the Olympics look like if, instead of competing athletes, we had competing . . . animals? Great question! We want to know who YOU think would win . . .

  • in figure skating: a walrus or an elephant?
  • in snowboarding: an owl or a gopher?
  • in hockey: a team of geese or a team of turkeys?
  • in skiing: a wombat or a peacock?
  • in speed skating: a moose or a giraffe?
  • in a bobsled race: a team of sharks or a team of dolphins?


Share your answers in the Comments below!

–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Image credit Hal Beral VWPics/SuperStock & Travel Pictures Ltd/SuperStock 

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

January 29, 2014

January Books of the Month

Posted by at 1:37 am in Reads | Permalink

Recommend Me!It’s Books of the Month time!

At the end of December, I asked you all to tell me what books you were reading so we could see which books were most popular. After I made a word cloud, I think it was pretty clear that Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson were in the lead! This month, however, some new titles are in the running for most popular.

January books of the month word cloud

Let’s keep this going! What books are you reading right now? Tell me in the Comments, and I’ll add them to a word cloud at the end of next month. Can’t wait to see which title reigns supreme!

January 28, 2014

Baby-sitters Club Book Cover Fashion

Posted by at 1:34 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

6a00e55007a3148834017ee5bec587970dThe Baby-sitters Club Fashion Inspiration

Everyone has a favorite character in a favorite book or series. I really, really love Stacey McGill from The Baby-sitters Club. She’s from New York City, like me, and she’s sophisticated, cool, and really smart! But Stacey, while my character of choice, is not my favorite Baby-sitters Club dresser. Not that what someone wears is what defines her coolness—like I said, I love Stacey for her fun attitude and cleverness! But over the course of 131 book covers, these girls showed some serious style and it’s totally worth another look at what our other favorite girls from Stoneybrook were wearing. Here are my five favorite Baby-sitters Club book cover outfit moments: Continue reading

January 24, 2014

3D Printing Technology: Dragons?!

Posted by at 1:22 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Untitled-1The printers of the future are here!

Are you a fan of How to Train Your Dragon? I most definitely am! But probably not as big a fan as Australian girl Sophie, who loved the How to Train Your Dragon books and movies so much she wrote a letter to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (also known as CSIRO), asking them to make her a real-life dragon.

“Hello Lovely Scientist,” she wrote. “My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me? . . . I would keep it in my special green grass area where there is lots of space. I would feed it raw fish and I would put a collar on it. If it got hurt I would bandage it if it hurt himself. I would play with it every weekend when there is no school.” Continue reading

January 17, 2014

Cody Simpson Interview!

Posted by at 1:43 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

Cody-Simpson-Surfers-Paradise-2013-1200x1200Interview with Cody Simpson

It’s the dead of winter in New York and SO. COLD. Brrrr! Best cure for wintertime blues? Sunny music! That’s why I’ve been playing Cody Simpson’s “Pretty Brown Eyes” on repeat for the past week. As you know, we are major Cody Simpson fans. (Check out this awesome video of his acoustic performance when he was just starting out!) The Australian singer really brings on the beachy vibes with his latest album, Surfers Paradise, and even if it’s totally frozen outside, just one listen is sure to warm you right up. Read on to find out Cody’s thoughts about homeschooling, travelling the world, and, of course, surfing! Check it out. Continue reading