September 30, 2011
Have you read all the Goosebumps books, watched all the TV shows, and wondered infinitely what goes on in the mind of Goosebumps creator, R.L. Stine? Well, here’s your chance to find out!
R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps HorrorLand and the new Hall of Horrors book series, is ready to answer your burning questions. Submit your questions in the Comments below and we’ll choose 10 of the most creative and terrifyingly ghoulish questions to pass on to R.L. Stine.
Check back here on October 26 to read the answers and see if your question was chosen.
— Amabel, Scholastic Media
June 9, 2011
Time is running out! The 3rd annual BE BIG in Your Community Contest is still going on but there's just ONE WEEK left! If you've been thinking about a BIG Idea, it's time to act. Submit your BIG Idea to win a $25,000 community grant! Thousands of kids entered over the past two years, and kids (just like you!) have seen their BIG Ideas come to life.
May 18, 2011
Hi Splotters! There’s only ONE MONTH LEFT in the Be Big in Your Community Contest. That’s right—time to enter now! This is your chance to do something really BIG! Submit your BIG Idea for a chance to see it brought to life with a $25,000 community grant!
Coming up with such a BIG idea can sometimes be daunting, but maybe one of our past winners can help inspire you. Meet Adrienne—who worked to build sunshades to protect kids from the harmful effects of the sun.
Kids helping kids, and helping their communities—now that’s BIG! No idea is too small or too BIG. Visit the BE BIG in Your Community Contest website and let us know about your BIG Idea. But remember, the deadline is June 17th. So grab a parent, teacher or some friends and let us know how YOU can make the world a better place!
— Melissa, Scholastic Media Staffer
April 13, 2011
What better way to celebrate a birthday than at the crossroads of the world – Times Square, New York City! If you’ve never been to Times Square in person, it is quite the spectacle. Times Square is always all abuzz with hundreds of thousands of people walking through daily and these massive brightly illuminated jumbotrons flanking the avenues.
Today, I SPY hosted a SPECTACULAR party with a giant 12-foot tall birthday cake in the heart of Times Square! Jean Marzollo, the author of I SPY, was on-hand to celebrate and kick-off the festivities. The cake came with a challenge for twenty students from Manhattan Country School to race against the clock to find 20 objects hidden around the cake—all within 10 minutes. For every object found, their school would receive 25 books! While it was bit rainy in New York today, it did not dampen the students’ spirits! The students were super excited about the challenge and were chanting, “I SPY, I SPY, I SPY!” as they eagerly waited to take on the challenge.
Each object came with an I SPY rhyming clue such as:
I spy an object you must knock down to win.
This one is yellow. It’s a bowling pin!
Equipped with their I SPY magnifying glasses, the students had to quickly search the cake to find the object in order to receive the next I SPY clue. These students were very experienced at solving I SPY puzzles! Sometimes they didn’t even have to wait for the host to complete reading the clue before figuring out the object they needed to find on the cake! With 9 seconds to spare, the class found all 20 objects and was awarded 500 books for their school. Each student also was surprised to receive their very own copy of the new I SPY Spectacular book, which Jean Marzollo personally signed after the event. While the giant cake wasn’t one for feasting (imagine digging into a giant cake!), everyone got to celebrate and sing Happy Birthday to I SPY and eat a yummy cake that looked just like the big one!
20 Years, My Oh My,
Happy Birthday to I SPY!
—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer
April 12, 2011
Be a part of the BIGGEST game of I SPY ever!
I’m used to working on I SPY video games for Wii and Nintendo DS but as part of the birthday celebration for I SPY, I got a chance to take part in a new kind of I SPY game—one that only YOU the fans can create.
Intrigued? It’s one big celebration all week and now here’s your chance to join in! You’ve marveled and collected I SPY; now you can create your own MY I SPY and step in the shoes of I SPY creators Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick! As part of the birthday celebration, we’re looking to YOU the fans to build the biggest game of I SPY ever! With MY I SPY, you can personalize and create your very own unique I SPY picture riddle. It’s simple – just choose your background and riddle, then customize it with a library of a hundred objects to make it all your own. Your I SPY picture riddle will culminate in the biggest, user-generated game of I SPY made by fans. You can even send your MY I SPY to a friend and challenge them to solve your riddle. Even cooler than that? You can play any and all the I SPY picture riddles that were created by other fans! It’s an I SPY that keeps going and going!
Take a look at my “MY I SPY” below. Can you solve it? Go now to create your own MY I SPY!
—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer
April 11, 2011
I SPY is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and we're partying all month long! Did you know that Jean Marzollo, the author who writes the clever rhyming riddles for the popular I SPY books actually worked at Scholastic? It's true! Jean Marzollo was the editor of a Scholastic classroom magazine called Let's Find Out. It was through her role as a Scholastic magazine editor that she met Walter Wick, the photographer who creates the unique I SPY pictures in the books. Walter had sent in a photograph of hardware store objects to Jean and the magazine's art director. Jean and Walter collaborated on many occasions for Let's Find Out. From there, I SPY was born in 1991, combining the clever rhyming riddles from Jean and the beautiful photographs from Walter for a unique seek and find adventure!
Admit it—I SPY is sooooo addictive! Sometimes you just have to find that object and you won't give up till you do. It's usually that last object in the riddle too.Well, are you ready for more brain-teasing fun? In honor of I SPY's birthday comes I SPY SPECTACULAR featuring new riddles from Jean Marzollo paired with classic Walter Wick photographs!
How many of the I SPY books do you own – and which one is your favorite? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer
April 11, 2011
It’s National Volunteer Week, the perfect excuse to get out there and BE BIG!
Did you know that National Volunteer Week is going on all week long? “What is that?” you ask. National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.
Service comes in lots of shapes and sizes. It can be as simple as picking up litter on your way home from school, or as BIG as creating a “Rain Garden” that keeps your community clean like Clay and his team did with the community grant they received in the 2010 BE BIG in Your Community Contest.
BIG or small, what matters is that you are helping to make your community a better place for everyone! HandsOn Network, Scholastic’s partner in the BE BIG Campaign, has action centers all over the country that can help you get involved in your community.
If you already have a BIG Idea on how to help your community, we want to hear about it! Share it in the 2011 BE BIG in Your Community Contest for a chance to win a $25,000 community grant! Click here for more information.
Photo courtesy of Irene McMullen
March 17, 2011
Hi Splotters! We know volunteerism and being an active member of your community is important to you, so today we want to introduce you to three girl scouts who are doing BIG things in their community! Jennifer, Sharon and Lauren's BIG Idea won the grand prize in the 2010 BE BIG in Your Community Contest. Their BIG Idea, "Hearts for Diamond Hospital Classroom" is to help their community (and a lot of other kids and teens too!) by building a classroom for youth cancer patients at their local hospital. We got to talk with Jennifer about it!
February 1, 2011
The BE BIG In Your Community Contest Opens TODAY!
It's that time of year again! The third annual BE BIG In Your Community Contest officially opens TODAY! And here at Scholastic, well, we're getting really excited to hear about the BIG Ideas that get submitted for a chance to win a $25,000 community grant to bring that BIG idea to life!
October 19, 2010
Here at Scholastic we know kids all over the country are being BIG every day — helping your little sister with her math homework, staying late to pick up the crayons no one else wants to or throwing their trash in the garbage instead of littering. And we’re proud of you for that! That’s what the “BE BIG in Your Community Contest” is all about —people seeing a need in their community and doing what they can do to help. We’ve just announced the 30 winners of this year’s contest and the coolest part is that a lot of the winners are kids JUST LIKE YOU! I guess you could say they were being extra BIG.