November 26, 2013
I must admit I am not a very good baker, but I do LOVE reading fiction and looking at fun recipes, so that’s the reason I like finding cookbooks based on fictional books. If you love food and books, and books about food, then check out today’s fun, festive recipe books based on favorite fiction books.
May 6, 2013
Summer Reading at Scholastic!
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is on! Starting today, you can compete in the ULTIMATE summer reading challenge to set a new reading world record! Log your reading minutes every day, earn virtual badges, and participate in weekly challenges to win extra prizes. What could be more fun?
As you log your minutes, you’ll also read around the world as you move up the Reading Meter! The more you read, the farther you travel— from the Coliseum to the Taj Mahal to Mount Everest! With each landmark, you can watch fun videos from Scholastic News Kid Reporters, who share interesting facts about each place.
Plus, check out your summer reading profile page to track your personal reading stats and your school’s status, watch book trailer videos, and enter sweepstakes for a chance to win awesome prizes throughout the summer.
Be sure to log your minutes for your school.
Go now to log on to the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!
May 4, 2013
Mother’s Day Activities
Mother’s Day in the U.S. is on the second Sunday in May. Are you ready to shower your mother with gifts and praise? Make her feel really special because you know she does a lot for you! And don’t forget the other “moms” in your life, too: grandmothers, aunts, step-mothers, even teachers.
Here are some videos, articles, and activities to get you inspired to give your mom a perfect day.
Now, go plan a perfect day for all the moms in your life!
April 9, 2013
Earth Day Trivia and Activities
Earth Day is April 22. Here are some Earth Day trivia quizzes and activities you can do to celebrate our dear planet Earth and help inspire your fellow humans to treat our planet with more loving care!
What will YOU do to help save the planet this Earth Day? Let us know in the Comments.
March 15, 2013
Vote for the Kids’ Choice Awards!
Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!
Of course, here at Scholastic, we are thrilled that two of our titles were once again nominated in the Favorite Book category. The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games trilogy (for ages 12 and up) are both in the running. While Harry has actually won in this category before, The Hunger Games trilogy has never won. Diary of a Wimpy Kid has taken the prize for the last 3 years!
FUN FACT from Nickelodeon: Harry Potter won the Favorite Book category 7 times during the years 2000-2008, losing twice to A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
FUN FACT from Nickelodeon: In 1998, the Favorite Book of the year was Goosebumps Deep Trouble II, and the Favorite Movie was Titanic. There was some kind of underwater theme going on that year.
Winners will be announced on the Kids’ Choice Awards Show on March 23, 2013.
And PS, One Direction is nominated for Favorite Music Group, so that’s another reason to go vote!
March 7, 2013
March Madness Basketball Activities
The 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament known as March Madness gets started on March 19. This year is the 75th year of March Madness, so here are some books, games, and activities to get you in the spirit.
Which team do you think is going to win this year? Tell us your picks in the Comments!
February 11, 2013
Kid-Submitted Valentine’s Day Would You Rather
It’s that time of the year when true love is in the air. Yes, Splotters, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so make sure to stock up on candy hearts and finish writing those Valentine’s cards. To celebrate this loving holiday, the Scholastic Kids Council has put together an amazing Would You Rather Quiz for you. So without further ado, here are the questions you’ve all been waiting for!
Would you rather . . .
- Eat chocolates that taste like sauerkraut OR toothpaste?
- Wear the same hot pink sweater for an entire year OR hot pink pants for a whole year?
- See your friend dating your crush OR your bully dating your crush?
- Receive a large box of bad candy OR a small box with good candy?
- Spend Valentine’s Day in Paris OR Rome?
- Receive flowers that smell like garbage OR a box of chocolate-covered crickets?
- Kiss a frog OR a slug?
- Send people store bought cards OR make cards yourself?
- Get a box of rotten chocolate from your secret crush OR get a box of sweet chocolate from someone you don’t like?
- Eat a Valentine’s candy that you are allergic to OR eat candy that your dog licked?
- Get a kiss from your dog OR your grandma?
- Get a valentine from a vampire OR a werewolf?
- Get 20 valentines from your friends OR one valentine from a mystery admirer?
- Have your crush sing a Justin Beiber song OR a One Direction song to you in the cafeteria?
- Dress up as a chocolate kiss OR wear cupid wings?
Post your answers in the Comments below and have a happy Valentine’s Day!
—Brian, STACKS Staffer
February 8, 2013
Valentine’s Day Roundup
Valentine’s Day is coming! After all your Valentine’s cards and candy are ready to give out to your friends, here are a few other things for you to do to celebrate this wonderful day of love!
Paint chip samples from your local home improvement store.
Heart-shaped paper punch
White ribbon cut into 8-inch strips.
- Use the paper punch to punch heart shapes into each of the different colors on the pink or red paint chip samples.
- Use the paper punch to cut a heart shape at the top of the paint chip sample.
- Tie the ribbon through the heart shape at the top of the bookmark.
Isn’t that cute? What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the Comments.
January 28, 2013
2013 Newbery Medal Winner
The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year's winner was Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.
This year's winner was just announced today, and the 2013 Newbery Medal goes to . . . The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
Have you read it yet? Do YOU think it was the best American book published in 2012? If you were on the committee voting for the 2013 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2012 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
UPDATE: Congratulations also to the Newbery Honor Books for 2013: Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, and Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Shlitz. All amazing books too!
January 25, 2013
Taylor Swift “Read Every Day” Live Webcast
Q: Moving from Philadelphia to Nashville, how did that influence you as a writer?
Taylor: I became obsessed with poetry really early on because my favorite books were the Dr. Seuss books and Shel Silverstein and the books where you have the stories come together through rhyming. That was always my favorite kind of book to read because it sounded like a song. Like when you have a line of poetry where the rhymes hit at the right ends of the sentences, it sounds kind of like lyrics. English class was always my favorite class because of the reading, the writing, and mostly because of the poetry.
Q: Did you have teachers who recognized your creativity early?