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March 18, 2016

Fashion Trends for Your Personality

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Fashion Trends for Your Personality

Whether you’re the captain of the cheerleading team or the next Picasso, we’ve got a fashion look that will work for you. Just pick one and own it!

Outgoing
Chances are you like to stand out. You don’t mind being the center of attention. The good news for you is bright colors are all the rage this year. A great look for you would be red pants (either flared or skinny-style) with a black and white polka dot shirt. This outfit will show off your confidence and spirit.

Shy
Okay, shy gal. Chances are you wouldn’t be caught dead in red pants! How about a nice pastel ensemble? Here’s an outfit suggestion for you: Try pairing a neutral pant like beige or peach with a white, long sleeve t-shirt. Finish the outfit off with a brown shoe and a gold purse. The gold purse will add some personality to your look but won’t make you stand out too much.

Sporty
You like to move around a lot so putting on anything too fancy would really cramp your style. You don’t want to look too girly, but you don’t want to look like a slob, either. Change up your look with a pair of neat black leggings and a sporty sweatshirt. Slip on a pair of comfy sneakers and you’re ready to go.

Artsy
You pride yourself on being unique, so why not put some of that creativity into your wardrobe? You’ll find great one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories at flea markets and second-hand shops. A vintage, red dress paired with a gold necklace from a past decade would really suit you. Then, when you’re tired of the necklace, you can incorporate it into one of your art pieces.

What’s your fashion style? Tell us in the Comments.

March 17, 2016

What Kids Need to Know About Money

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What Kids Need to Know About Money

Money. Moolah. Cash. Buckaroos. Whatever you call your loot, you’ve got to be smart with it. Here are some tips to help you hold on to your hard earned dollars.

Save! Save! Save!
Saving money might not be as fun as spending it, but “future you” will be really grateful. Ask your parents to help you find a good savings account program. Deposit a small amount every week, and before you know it, you’ll have a nice stash of cash in the bank.

Be Careful with the Card!
Sure, it’s easy to put purchases on a credit card right now, but remember that you still have to pay for those purchases! What you buy today could end up costing you way more if you can’t pay the full amount at the end of the month. Some credit cards have a high interest rate of 20% or more. That means, if you don’t pay the full amount every month, you might have to pay the credit card company $20 extra for every $100 you spend! EVERY MONTH!!

Count Your Cash!
Keep track of how much cash you need for everyday things. Keep only that amount in your wallet and keep the rest somewhere safe in your room or with your parents.This is helpful because it forces you not to overspend. If the money isn’t in your wallet, you can’t spend it.

Make A Deal!
Finally, don’t buy anything full-price that you can get on sale. Those sneakers you’ve been eyeing are bound to drop in price, so wait for a sale! They’ll still be cool 3 months from now and they’ll be much cheaper.

It’s okay spend a little here and there, but with some smart planning, you can save a bundle of cash for yourself!

March 16, 2016

Books About Girls Who Rock

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Books about GIRLS WHO ROCK!

Being a girl is awesome. Girls are funny, smart, cool, and brave! Read these ten super-fantastic books about girls who rock, so you can remember that you, too, are a girl who rocks!

Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda is a smart, funny girl who loves a good prank—especially if it’s on one of her terrible, selfish family members. Her teacher, Ms. Honey, realizes that Matilda is very smart — but the bully headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull, is determined to prevent Matilda from moving up to a higher class. Meanwhile, Matilda discovers that she has developed a strange superpower . . . and while it’s good for a prank or two (or three!), it might also be the key to changing her life forever.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Things are getting steadily worse for everyone in Annamarie’s Nazi-occupied hometown of Copenhagen in 1943, but things are especially bad for the Jewish residents. First their stores are closed down, and then they are rounded up by Nazis and shipped off to concentration camps. Annamarie’s best friend, Ellen, is Jewish. To protect her, Annamarie and her family pretend that Ellen is Annamarie’s sister . . . but how long can they keep up the act before they are discovered?

El Deafo by Cece Bell
Cece loses her hearing when she is just a toddler, and has to wear a very bulky and uncomfortable hearing aid. And the hearing aid (called The Phonic Ear) doesn’t just get in her way physically: Cece wonders if it’s getting in the way of her making a real friend. But Cece discovers that The Phonic Ear is a lot more powerful than most people realize . . . not just her “superpower,” but a way for her to find her inner superhero.

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet is bright and can sometimes be a know-it-all, but she’s a lovable one with great friends. Her favorite activity is to observe other people and record her thoughts in a notebook, as training for her future dream job as a writer. But when Harriet’s caretaker announces she’s getting married and leaving, and Harriet’s notebook is discovered by her schoolmates, everything turns topsy-turvy. Harriet finds herself friendless, and the kids at school have formed a club against her! Can Harriet find a way to use her smarts to get out of this pickle, or is she doomed to be lonely forever?

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
For Jacqueline, growing up in the segregated south in the 1960s is not easy. There is a lot of racism, and even though there are good people, they are outnumbered by the bad. So it’s no surprise when her mother decides to move to New York City. Splitting her time between New York City with her mother and Greenville, South Carolina with her grandparents, Jacqueline struggles to understand where she fits in to the rapidly changing world . . . and the answer might be much closer than she thinks.

Sweet Home Alaska by Carol Estby Dagg
During the great depression, Terpischore and her family are given the chance to start a new life in Alaska (thanks to some land given to them by the government). After reading books about frontier life, Terpischore feels like she’s ready for anything . . . and even when it’s tougher than she ever imagined, upbeat Terpischore always finds something to be happy about. But her greatest challenge of all is making Alaska feel like home for everyone in her family. Can she do it?

The Finisher by David Baldacci
Vega was born and raised in the town of Wormwood, a town surrounded by a deep and mysterious forest. All her life, she has been warned of the danger that lies beyond the borders of Wormwood. One day, however, she sees someone willingly running INTO the forest . . . and he leaves behind, for Vega, a note and a map. Vega’s about to dig up a whole lot of dirt on Wormwood, and get to the bottom of the mystery!

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
When the Vietnam War reaches Ha’s hometown of Saigon, she flees with her mother and brothers. Bound for the unfamiliar shores of America, Ha has no idea what to expect—and what she finds is not at all the shiny, hopeful land she was promised. Bullied, tormented, and made to feel unwelcome, Ha’s attempts at fitting in just don’t seem to work . . . but learning just how strong she really is might be the key to Ha finding happiness once again.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan 
Esperanza lives an almost fairy tale-like life in Mexico, with a beautiful home and wonderful parents and amazing friends. She is surrounded by love and kindness and never wants for anything, but that all changes the day her father is killed by bandits, and Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave the life they have known for an uncertain future in the United States. Working in a poor labor camp is in no way like the princess treatment she is used to, but in spite of the grueling work and shabby living conditions, Esperanza is starting to see that true happiness may just come from deep within.

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Katie’s sister Lynn always finds the silver lining in every situation, even when their family moves from their Japanese community in Iowa to the unfamiliar state of Georgia. Katie is learning to think like Lynn, and be hopeful in the face of all the bullying, teasing, and homesickness she faces every day. When Lynn gets very sick, though, Katie struggles to find the hope that Lynn still has . . . and to be grateful for all the kira-kira (glittering) moments in life.

What do you think? Do you have other favorite books about girls who rock? Do you have a favorite book from this list? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Yours in rocking,

En-Szu

March 14, 2016

Pet Astrology

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Cat130What is the perfect pet for your astrology sign?

Having a hard time deciding which pet will compliment your personality best? It might be time to turn to the stars for some advice. Here are some furry (and not so furry) creatures for each astrological sign.

Sign: Aries
Pet: Ant Farm
Similar Characteristics: Aries and Queen Ants are both strong, independent beings with a knack for leadership.

Sign: Taurus
Pet: Hedgehog
Similar Characteristics: Protective and cautious, you’ll respect each other’s space.

Sign: Gemini
Pet: Kitten
Similar Characteristics: Restless and curious, Geminis and kittens both can’t sit still for long. You both love to explore.

Sign: Cancer
Pet: German Shepherd
Similar Characteristics: Loyal and sensitive, you and your pup will take care of each other through thick and thin.

Sign: Leo
Pet: Parrot
Similar Characteristics: Confident, and LOUD, you can even teach your parrot to give you compliments.

Sign: Virgo
Pet: Ferret
Similar Characteristics: Virgos are different and unique and don’t like having the same pet everyone else does. You can show off your ferret to all your dog and cat-owning friends.

Sign: Libra
Pet: Bunny
Similar Characteristics: You’re both charming and sociable. Everyone will want to be around you and your fluffy new friend.

Sign: Scorpio
Pet: Goldfish
Similar Characteristics: Secretive and mysterious, you can tell your underwater friend anything and its fish lips will be sealed.

Sign: Sagittarius
Pet: Snake
Similar Characteristics: You’re an independent spirit. Most people will be afraid of you and your snake, but hey, that’s their problem, right?

Sign: Capricorn
Pet: Horse
Similar Characteristics: Dependable and hard working, a horse is the only other pet that can keep up with your drive and persistence.

Sign: Aquarius
Pet: Turtle
Similar Characteristics: Unlikely to be overemotional, your turtle won’t be looking for hugs, kisses, or belly rubs any time soon. And you’re absolutely fine with that.

Sign: Pisces
Pet: Guinea Pig
Similar Characteristics: Emotional and cuddly, you and your guinea pig both have a craving for affection.

March 10, 2016

Introducing BEETLE BOY by M. G. Leonard

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Beetle BoyAdventure! Laughter! Rhinoceros Beetles!

Darkus Cuttle’s dad mysteriously goes missing from his job as Director of Science at the Natural History Museum. Vanished without a trace! From a locked room! So Darkus moves in with his eccentric Uncle Max and next door to Humphrey and Pickering, two lunatic cousins with an enormous beetle infestation.Beetle Boy

Darkus soon discovers that the beetles are anything but ordinary. They’re an amazing, intelligent super species and they’re in danger of being exterminated. It’s up to Darkus and his friends to save the beetles. But they’re up against an even more terrifying villain–the mad scientist of fashion, haute couture villainess Lucretia Cutter.

Lucretia has an alarming interest in insects and dastardly plans for the bugs. She won’t let anyone or anything stop her, including Darkus’s dad, whom she has locked up in her dungeons! The beetles and kids join forces to rescue Mr. Cuttle and thwart Lucretia.

Beetle Boy is the story of a brilliant boy, his loyal friends, and some amazingly intelligent beetles.

Read an excerpt.

Watch a video with the author. 

March 9, 2016

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid Book Review

Out of the books I picked to be my favorite over time, the very best is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. I like these books the best because they are really funny, are an easy read, have entertaining artwork, and they relate to the real world and how you are feeling as a middle schooler sometimes.
The books are about a boy named Greg who has a troublesome older brother and an annoying little brother. They are funny because Greg gets blamed for everything his little brother, Manny, does. His older brother, Rodrick, gets in a lot of trouble, but the blame always ends up on Greg.

Those are some reasons why the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series are the books that I enjoy the most.

Leah, Scholastic Kids Council

March 4, 2016

Justin Bieber Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:13 am in Music, Trivia | Permalink

Justin Bieber PurposeJustin Bieber Trivia Quiz

How well do you know Justin Bieber?

  1. Which of these songs is NOT a Justin Bieber song? A) “Baby” B) “Boyfriend” C) “Love Me” D) “Hate Me”
  2. What has Justin Bieber been quoted as saying he suffers from? A) Claustrophobia B) Arachnophobia C) Fear of snakes D) Fear of floods
  3. Which of these superstar musicians was the first to sign Justin to a record deal? A) Jon Bon Jovi B) Usher C) Kanye West D) Rihanna
  4. Who was Justin’s girlfriend? A) Selena Gomez B) Miranda Cosgrove C) Miley Cyrus D) Demi Lovato
  5. Where is Justin from? A) America B) Switzerland C) Canada D) England
  6. What website was responsible for getting Justin noticed by talent managers? A) YouTube B) Facebook C) Twitter D) Snapchat
  7. Which of these record labels signed Justin first? A) Def Jam Records B) Universal C) Sony D) Justin Records
  8. True or False? Justin writes a lot of his own music?
  9. Which of these instruments does Justin play? A) Trumpet B) Piano C) Guitar D) Drums E) All of the above
  10. Which of these singers was in a bidding war with Usher to sign Justin when he was just twelve years old? A) Taylor Swift B) Bobby Brown C) Michael Jackson D) Justin Timberlake

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March 3, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Activities

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ShamrockAre you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?

On March 17, everyone wears green and becomes a little bit Irish to celebrate old Saint Patrick. Here are a few other things for you to do to celebrate your Irish heritage (whether real or fake)!

What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the Comments.

March 2, 2016

Dog Man By Dav Pilkey

Posted by at 4:24 pm in Dav Pilkey, Reads | Permalink

Dog Man #1Check out the cover of Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey’s new graphic novel!

Dog Man 1George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. He’s half man, half dog, and all cop! This heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can this crime-biting canine resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?

Get ready to howl with laughter. You can read Dog Man on August 30!

March 2, 2016

Best Book Series

Posted by at 1:45 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

Best Book Series

I don’t have just one book to recommend. I have several series for kids aged 8-12.

so you want to be a wizardThe first: the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, beginning with So You Want to Be a Wizard (for ages 10 and up). This series is about Nita and Kit, two friends who found copies of a book entitled So You Want to Be a Wizard and were brought together. They must learn to use their wizardry while battling to postpone the universe’s death.

The second: the Unwanteds series (for ages 8 and up) by Lisa McMann. These books tell the story of the land of Quill, where creativity is a crime, and those caught committing it are sentenced to death. But the sentence isn’t exactly what is seems.

loki's wolvesThe third: the Michael Vey series (for ages 12 and up) by Richard Paul Evans. A prototype imaging machine malfunctioned, and of the 59 people born in that hospital during its test period, only 17 survived. These children acquired electrical powers. A madman makes it his goal to use them to take over the world, and gets all of them except Michael Vey.

The fourth: the Blackwell Pages series (for ages 8 and up) by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr. This trilogy is about the descendants of the Norse gods and their battle to prevent the world from ending. It begins with Loki’s Wolves.

Julie, Scholastic Kids Council