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December 19, 2014

Annie Actress Answers Your Questions

Nicolette PieriniMeet Nicolette Pierini from Annie!

The new Annie movie opens in theaters today and we could not be more excited. We have new videos of the stars Quevenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and even Sandy the dog (whose real name is Marty)! We have an interview with the actress who plays Annie. And today, we have this exclusive post from Nicolette Pierini who plays Mia in the film. She answered YOUR questions so read on to find out more. Continue reading

December 18, 2014

Gift Giving Season

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It’s the season when we think about giving and getting gifts, so I asked the Scholastic Kids Council what gifts they are hoping to receive, and what gifts they would give if they could give anything in the world!

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If you could give anything in the world to anyone, what would you give? Tell us in the Comments. And tell us what you are hoping to get this year!

December 12, 2014

Annie Actress Quvenzhané Wallis

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Annie movieMeet the New Annie!

The new movie Annie comes out in theaters on December 19 and we have an interview with the 11-year-old girl who plays Annie. Her name is Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced kwuh-ven-zhuh-nay), and she is the youngest person to ever have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress! Read on to hear about her role in the Annie movie.

Q: Did you like shooting the musical parts of the film?
Quvenzhané: Yes, I liked shooting the musical parts of the film because I like to sing and dance.

Q: Were you a fan of the original Annie before you accepted the role?
Quvenzhané: Yes, I was a big fan of Annie when I accepted the role. When we heard that Sony was remaking Annie, I watched to see what it was about and fell in love. I love to sing and dance along with Annie, now people are going get to sing and dance along with me.Annie movie

Q: How does the new movie differ from the original?
Quvenzhané: We’ve made some updates to make it feel like 2014. Like Annie is a foster kid, not an orphan. Mr. Stacks is the head of a cell phone company and cell phones did not exist in the original.

Q: Who is your favorite character in the movie, and why?
Quvenzhané: Ms. Hannigan. She is so funny!

Q: Did any of the older stars in the movie have tips or advice for you?
Quvenzhané: Jamie [Foxx who plays Mr. Stacks] taught me to just have fun. Don’t be so serious. We use laughter to get through some scenes. He would make it fun by telling me funny things or making funny gestures. Rose [Byrne who plays Grace] taught me to always be me and to be kind. Cameron [Diaz who plays Miss Hannigan] taught me to take care of myself. She would check on me to make sure I had what I needed.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
Quvenzhané: My favorite subject in school is science.

Q: Your favorite snack to eat on-set?
Quvenzhané: My favorite snack is grapes.

Q: Your favorite thing to do when you are done filming?
Quvenzhané: I like cheerleading, playing basketball and volleyball, reading, swimming, and riding my bike and scooter for fun.

Q: What is your all-time favorite book or author?
Quvenzhané: I like Roald Dahl books because of the mystery.

We also have new videos of the stars Quevenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and even Sandy the dog (whose real name is Marty)! Also check out this exclusive post from Nicolette Pierini who plays Mia in the film. She answered YOUR questions!

Interview by Marie Morreale
Annie images courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment

December 11, 2014

What Kids Want in Books

Posted by at 1:57 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Recommend me!What Do You Want in Books?

I mentioned in a post yesterday that Scholastic just completed a national survey of children aged 6–17 to study their “attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.” According to 70% of kids aged 6–17, books that “make me laugh” rank highest on the list across all ages. Here are some more stats for What Kids Want in Books:

  • Children aged 6–8 are more likely than older children to want books with characters that “look like me.”
  • Children aged 9–11 are more likely than younger children to want books that “have a mystery or a problem to solve.”
  • Children aged 12–14 are more likely than older children to want books with “characters I wish I could be like because they are smart, strong or brave.”
  • Children aged 15–17 are more likely than younger children to want books that help them “forget about real life for a while.”

In addition, 73% of children aged 6–17 agree with the statement, “I would read more if I could find more books that I like.”

Do these statistics represent YOU? Leave a Comment to tell us your favorite book with a character who looks like you, or with a mystery, or with smart, strong characters. Tell us what you really want in books!

December 10, 2014

Favorite Funny Books

Posted by at 1:21 am in Reads | Permalink

Funny Books FiestaScholastic wants to know . . . What are your favorite funny books?

Scholastic just completed a national survey of children aged 6–17 to study their “attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.” According to 70% of kids aged 6–17, books that “make me laugh” rank highest on the list across all ages.

Here at the STACKS, we already know you love funny books, but we want to know which funny book is your favorite and why?

Please tell us in the Comments! And if you are among the 30% of kids who did not pick funny books as your favorite, tell us what is YOUR favorite kind of book to read for fun?

 

December 5, 2014

Meet Nicolette Pierini from Annie

Nicolette PieriniAsk an Annie Actress!

Nicolette Pierini is the actress who plays the youngest orphan Mia alongside Quvenzhané Wallis in the classic musical-comedy, Annie (rated PG). I can tell that a lot of you are excited for this movie, set for release on December 19, 2014, so I have arranged a special treat for you. Nicolette (a.k.a. Mia) has offered to answer your questions about the Annie movie and about her life as an actress so far.

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Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment

Please leave your questions for Nicolette in the Comments and read the answers here!

Nicolette Pierini photo credit:Yolanda Perez

 

December 5, 2014

The LEGO Movie Kid Review

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THE LEGO MOVIEThe LEGO Movie (rated PG)

I recommend The LEGO Movie for all ages. It’s a very inspiring story about an average guy named Emmet who thinks life is great. He thinks he’s special, but soon realizes that no one else thinks he is because he’s too average and no one notices him.

By accident, Emmet finds the Piece of Resistance, a tool that can stop the most powerful weapon of all, the Kragle. He goes on a wild adventure and meets all these people that help him try to stop Lord Business. Batruvius, a wise man, is helping Emmet become the ultimate master builder. Emmet keeps saying that he can’t, but Batruvius says otherwise.

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Image courtesy Warner Bros.

In the end, Emmet starts to believe in himself and becomes the ultimate master builder. Now that he believes, he is a hero to all the people who never noticed him before. This movie can inspire you to believe in yourself so you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. I recommend this movie to people who need confidence and love funny movies.

What do you think of The LEGO Movie? Leave a Comment!

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

December 4, 2014

Favorite Kids Movies

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Hi!The Best Kids Movies According to Rowan

All of these movies are rated G or PG and are recommended by Rowan from the Scholastic Kids Council. Check out the list and see if your favorites are on it.

Leave a Comment and tell what YOU think the best movies for kids are!

December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday

Posted by at 1:47 am in Kid Power | Permalink

giftWHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is officially underway. I know you’re thinking about all the things you want to get for Christmas or Hanukkah. But today is known as Giving Tuesday and it’s a good day to think about what you want to GIVE for the holidays.

We have a day for giving thanks (a.k.a. Thanksgiving). We have two for getting deals (a.k.a. Black Friday and Cyber Monday). We even have Small Business Saturday for shopping at local small businesses. Now, we also have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. According to the GivingTuesday website, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Think about what you want to give to your family, to your friends, and then think about people in the world who have much less than you do. Can you help raise money for them? Can you donate a used coat to keep someone warm? Can you knit for AIDS orphans in South Africa, or donate pajamas to children living in shelters? Can you donate books to kids who don’t have any?

What will you GIVE this holiday season? Tell us in the Comments.