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October 31, 2011

Most Popular Halloween Costume of 2011?

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Happy_halloweenHalloween is here, and we thought it would be fun to hear about YOUR Halloween costumes to try to guess what the most popular Halloween costume of 2011 will be. Our Scholastic Kids Council sent us pics of some of their Halloween costumes (past and current). We are trying to predict what the most popular Halloween costume will be this year, so let’s see what the trends are. . .

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August 24, 2011

Kid Reporters Meet President Obama

Posted by at 1:54 am in Movies & TV, News | Permalink

Obama Two Scholastic News Kid Reporters, 10-year-old Topanga Sena of Orlando, Florida, and 11-year-old Jacob Schroeder of Albuquerque, New Mexico, conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama at the White House. The interview covered a wide range of topics including the economy, education for 21st century jobs, the environment, and the books that he reads with his daughters. The President also talked about the events of 9/11, telling the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps that it was a tragic moment for all of us, adding, “But. . . as terrible as that day was, it brought America together and it reminded us that we’re all one people, and that each of us have a responsibility as citizens of the United States, to try to make this country the best it can be.”

As the interview came to a close, a surprise visitor trotted into the room. Bo, the First Dog, greeted the Kid Reporters with a wag of his tail and earned a treat from the President.

How cool!! Click here to watch the complete video interview with the President.

May 16, 2011

Writing Prompt: Character Horoscope

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Writingprompt_charactergifts If you know your favorite book character’s birthday, then invent today’s horoscope based on the character traits below. (I didn’t go by the new zodiac with the extra sign because I like the traditional one better.)

For example, Harry Potter is born on July 31. That makes him a Leo, i.e. ambitious but domineering.

  • Aries (3/21-4/19): Courageous but moody Harrypotterthumb
  • Taurus (4/20-5/22): Dependable but stubborn
  • Gemini (5/21-6/20): Imaginative but indecisive
  • Cancer (6/21-7/22): Caring but clingy
  • Leo (7/23-8/22): Ambitious but domineering
  • Virgo (8/23-9/22): Clever but cold
  • Libra (9/23-10/22): Peaceful but unreliable
  • Scorpio (10/23- 11/22): Dynamic but jealous
  • Sagittarius (11/23-12/22): Independent but unemotional
  • Capricorn (12/23-1/19): Patient but conceited
  • Aquarius (1/20-2/18): Original but rebellious
  • Pisces (2/19-3/20): Devoted but oversensitive

So Harry’s horoscope for today is:

You will face an overwhelming enemy, but you will not back down. Face your fear and be strong!

Now it’s your turn. Find out your fave character’s birthday, and write his or her horoscope in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Harry Potter image credit: Mary GrandPre

February 24, 2011

Super Diaper Baby Sequel!

Posted by at 3:52 pm in Dav Pilkey, Reads | Permalink

SuperDiaperBaby Dav Pilkey fans, this one’s for you: the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling novel Super Diaper Baby is almost here, and here is a SUPER sneak preview of the book’s cover!

Super Diaper Baby 2: Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by George Beard and Harold Hutchins (the fourth grade creators of Captain Underpants) will be published on June 28, 2011­­—just in time for summer reading!

June 28 may feel very far away, so to pass the time, why not brush up on the world of Harold and George with The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby or The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future? And of course, you can always read the book that started it all: The Adventures of Captain Underpants.

January 31, 2011

Will 2012 Bring the End of the World?

Posted by at 10:16 am in News | Permalink

Writingprompt_generic There has been some talk on the Save the Planet Message Board about the theory that the world will come to an end in 2012. But don’t start the panic yet! Much like the buildup to Y2K. which was the belief that all the computer systems would crash when 1999 became 2000, the end of the world theory has gotten a lot of press. But it probably will not happen.

Here’s the story. . .

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January 17, 2011

Create a Caption: David the Gnome

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Createacaption Hey all you Ink Splotters. . . I’m baaack! Lately I’ve been seeing a ton of great trailers for the movie, Gnomeo & Juliet, and it got me thinking about my gnome buddy, David (named after an old-school Nickelodeon show, David the Gnome). Even though he’s MUCH larger than the average gnome, David still loves taking care of Mother Earth by recycling, planting flowers and trees, and cleaning up the parks. Not only is David an awesome nature caretaker, but he also knows how to have a great time, as he loves to get down and boogie on the dance floor.

So as David gets his groove thang on, YOU get to fill in what he might be saying (or singing)! Write your caption in the Comments.

— Carly M., Ink Splot 26 Blogger

December 31, 2010

Willow Smith Video Interview

Posted by at 4:58 am in Music | Permalink

Image_willowsmith Scholastic Kid Reporter, Damien Murphy, interviewed Willow Smith and asked her to talk about her hairstyles and the message of her music video, “Whip My Hair.”

If you are a Willow fan, you will not want to miss this exclusive video!!

Let us know what you think in the Comments!

Interview by Damien Murphy, Scholastic Kid Reporter

December 22, 2010

The Lost Hero Book Review

Posted by at 9:38 am in Percy Jackson, Reads | Permalink

Rick_riordan If you are a Percy Jackson fan, then you probably already know about Rick Riordan’s new series, The Heroes of Olympus. Well, book #1 is available now, and a Scholastic Kid Reporter gives us this review. Lost_hero

“Author Rick Riordan is back and is even better than ever! His new book The Lost Hero has finally been released. Although based on stories from Greek mythology similar to his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Lost Hero is not exactly a sequel. It introduces new characters and different concepts.”

Read the entire book review.

Have you read The Lost Hero? What do you think? Is it as good as the Percy Jackson books? Let us know in the Comments.

September 23, 2010

The 39 Clues NEW SERIES!

Posted by at 3:25 pm in Reads, The 39 Clues | Permalink


The 39 Clues News

You asked for more, and Scholastic listened.
The 39 Clues series ended with Book 10: Into the Gauntlet (August 31, 2010) by Margaret Peterson Haddix. However, on October 26, 2010, you can also get The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets, the ultimate guidebook to the world of The 39 Clues.

But that’s not all. . .

VESPERS RISINGOn April 5, 2011, Scholastic brings you Book 11: Vespers Rising, written by 4 authors: Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson. PLUS, an all-new series, The 39 Clues Part 2: Cahills vs. Vespers, will launch in August and continue with six books written by a team of superstar authors, including Gordon Korman (The Medusa Plot, August 2011), Jude Watson (A King’s Ransom, December 2011), Peter Lerangis (March 2012), Roland Smith (August 2012), and Linda Sue Park (December 2012). The final book in the series (Day of Doom), written by David Baldacci, will be published in March 2013.

What will the new series be about?
Within the world of The 39 Clues, the Cahills are the most powerful family the world has ever known, secretly dominating every area of human endeavor over the past 500 years. The source of their power has been lost, hidden in 39 Clues scattered around the world. In The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, the Cahills discover they’re not the only ones who have been searching for the Clues. The Vespers, a ruthless cabal lurking in the shadows for their turn to stomp across the world stage, have also been hunting for the source of ultimate power. The Cahill family must unite to protect the Clues, and the world, against the Vespers, who have sinister plans darker than the Cahills could ever imagine, dating back to the mysteries of ancient times.

Will there be a 39 Clues movie?
Possibly. . . Movie rights for The 39 Clues have been acquired by DreamWorks Studios with Steven Spielberg eyeing to direct. We’ll keep you posted.