January 2, 2014
YOU choose the book title!
Last year, we asked STACKS readers to vote for the title of an upcoming Whatever After book. Author Sarah Mlynowski appreciated your help so much that you get to pick the title of the sixth book in the series, too! That’s right, YOU get to decide the title of the next Whatever After book!
For those of you not familiar with the series, in each book Abby and her younger brother visit a different fairy tale and accidentally mess up the stories. They have to fix everything so the characters can have their happy endings.
Book 6 takes Abby to the story of Beauty and the Beast. Which do you think would be the best title for the story?
- Sitting Pretty
- Beauty Queen
UPDATE: This poll is now closed. The winner is Beauty Queen! Thanks for voting! Visit scholastic.com/whateverafter to learn more about the books and to play the dress up game.
January 2, 2014
2013 PERSON OF THE YEAR!
Time Magazine has their Person of the Year, and we now present the first ever . . . STACKS Person of the Year!
Last week, we asked you to nominate the person or group of people that have had the biggest impact in YOUR world in 2013. There were lots of amazing nominations, but the person with the most nominating Comments is . . . Taylor Swift!
Happy New Year!
December 17, 2013
On this day in 1903, the Wright brothers became the first to build and successfully fly an engine-driven airplane. Piloted by Orville Wright, the flight lasted less than one minute, but it was enough to get them into the history books. Crazy to think that only 66 years after this first flight, humankind was able to send a person to the moon. Wonder what we’ll be able to do 66 years from now!
And. . . .as you probably know, tomorrow is National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day. So you’d better run to the hardware store and buy a plunger before they’re all sold out. You don’t want to be the only one without a plunger on your head at school, right? Talk about embarrassing.
December 12, 2013
Hand Woven Ring
Here is an idea for a make-your-own holiday gift that is quick and cute! Using your own finger as a loom, you can learn the basics of weaving to make beautiful rings that are literally HAND woven! Use different yarns in beautiful colors to show all your friends how much you love them.
Plastic or round-tipped sewing needle
Weaving 101: Warp + Weft = Weave
All woven materials have warp threads and weft threads. The warp is the part the base layer that you lay out first. The weft is the part that is sent through the warp to create a weave.
Directions: Continue reading
December 10, 2013
GET MORE OUT OF MINECRAFT!!
Have you just discovered the magical world of Minecraft? Or are you an expert who’s been at it for months? Either way, this is the book for you.
Minecraft: Essential Handbook is the only official guide available, and it includes tips and secrets that will help players whether they’re beginners or experts. For instance, do you know how to look at an Endermen without getting attacked? Or how to build a roller coaster cart system? You can find the answers in this book . . . and so much more—including exclusive interviews with Notch, the creator of Minecraft, and Jeb, Minecraft’s lead developer.
Check out the pages below (or click here for the pdf). Each has an essential tip to help you excel at Minecraft. Continue reading
December 3, 2013
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Now that Turkey Day is over, it’s officially the holiday season–and we’re so excited! We’ve got lots of holiday posts coming your way this month on the STACKS (DIY gift ideas and giftwrapping fun!), but before we dive into new activities, we thought we’d give you a good ol’ roundup of holiday-themed things to check out right now:
Do you know how people in other countries celebrate the season? Take our Holidays Around the World Quiz to test your world holiday knowledge. Go give our Christmas Cat a caption, and if you’re feeling extra creative, make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake. Share your family’s craziest, weirdest traditions in our Wacky Holiday Traditions Writing Prompt, and make some tough choices over at our Holiday Gifts Would You Rather. Don’t know what to give your family and friends for the holidays? Check out Sonja’s great gift idea. The holiday season is full of really great music, and we all love to sing along to our favorite songs–but how well do you know those tunes? Take our Holiday Songs Trivia Quiz! And don’t forget to dress your Virtual Pet for the holidays!
Are you excited for the holiday season? What are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the Comments!
– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
November 14, 2013
Thanksgiving is almost here!
There are SO many things to be thankful for, and Thanksgiving is such a fun reminder of the important things in life. Here are some activities to get you excited.
Happy Thanksgiving from the STACKS!
October 29, 2013
R. L. Stine Web Chat!
R. L. Stine will be hosting a web chat on Wednesday October 30, 2013 from 2-3 p.m. ET.
STACKS Staffer Brian and I will post live updates from the chat on the Reading Buzz Board so you can join us there for our live Goosebumps Halloween R. L. Stine celebration!
Hope to see you at the chat!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 29, 2013
Goosebumps Tagline Trivia Challenge
How well do you know the frightful tales of Goosebumps? Did you guess all the Goosebumps titles from last week’s Goosebumps Tagline Trivia Challenge? Here are the answers. . .
1. One picture is worth a thousand screams. Say Cheese and Die
2. It’s gonna be a L-O-N-G night! A Night in Terror Tower
3. Open wide and say . . . mouthwash! Vampire Breath
4. It’s a field of screams. The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
5. If looks could kill . . . The Haunted Mask
6. Something’s waiting in the dark . . . Stay Out of the Basement
7. No swimming. No surfing. No haunting. Ghost Beach
8. Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
9. Enter if you dare . . . One Day at HorrorLand
10. He walks. He stalks . . . Night of the Living Dummy
Which one is YOUR favorite? Let us know in the Comments!
October 22, 2013
Goosebumps Tagline Trivia Challenge
How well do you know the frightful tales of Goosebumps? The taglines for Goosebumps books can be just as spooky as the stories. Can you guess the Goosebumps book titles for the taglines below? HINT: All the taglines are from the Goosebumps Classic series.
- One picture is worth a thousand screams.
- It’s gonna be a L-O-N-G night!
- Open wide and say . . . mouthwash!
- It’s a field of screams.
- If looks could kill . . .
- Something’s waiting in the dark . . .
- No swimming. No surfing. No haunting.
- Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?
- Enter if you dare . . .
- He walks. He stalks . . .
Post your guesses in the Comments below and check your answers!