I’m sure you all know the game Bingo, where you have a card and someone yells out numbers like, “B-53!” If you have that number on your card, you get to cross it off. Well, beginning Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25, you can participate in STACKS Reading Bingo. Instead of numbers, we will be calling out book titles. If you have read that book, then you can cross it off your card. Keep reading for the instructions that tell you how to play . . . Continue reading
Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by author-illustrator Jeff Kinney. We don’t know the exact title yet, but we know it will be available on November 4, 2014. Only . . . . 223 days away!
That’s actually kind of a long time to wait. You might want to read these Diary of Wimpy Kid Readalikes in the meantime.
Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to start thinking spring with spring quizzes, crafts, and activities! Winter is over! Winter is over!! Winter is over!!!
- Take the Spring Would You Rather Quiz
- Make a recycled egg-carton flower. Watch the how-to video.
- Print these butterfly bookplates and stick them into your favorite books.
Have you ever read an I Survived book by Lauren Tarshis? If so, you know that the series is hard to put down once you get started! So far, there are books about kids surviving disasters like the Titanic, World War II, Pompeii (get excited for September!), and a whole bunch of other major events. Now, the time has come for you to help us pick the next one!
There are three awesome choices, which is sure to make it a hard decision. To help, we came up with these simplified summaries of each of the three. Which one will you choose?
The Winter at Valley Forge, 1777
Learn about the Revolutionary War in school? This is the ultimate butt-kicking George Washington choice! His Continental Army had to deal with every sort of obstacle: starvation, disease, not to mention the FREEZING conditions and the constant threat of attack over the three months that they hunkered down at Valley Forge. Pick this if you want to read about the red, white, and blue!
The Great Chicago Fire, 1871
Picture a massive, hungry fire that lasts for TWO FULL DAYS and destroys thousands of buildings, leaving 100,000 people homeless and an entire city in chaos. One tiny barn caught fire and it spread faster than you can imagine; the city was mainly made of wood, which you know is extremely flammable, and the air was as dry as can be – not a good combination. Can you stand the heat to pick this?
The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
The LZ 129 Hindenburg was a huge airship that carried passengers from Germany to the USA. As the pilot prepared to land, the airship EXPLODED in a giant burst. We still don’t know for sure what caused it, but some hypotheses include 1. sabotage mission, 2. lightning strike, and 3. high intensity static charge (sort of like what happens when you rub a balloon on your head). Pick this to get the 4-1-1 and form a theory of your own!
If you’re ready to weigh in on what the next I Survived book should be, go to the I Survived website and make your vote official!
Last year, STACKS readers voted to select the title of the 5th book in the Whatever After series. You voted for the title of the Rapunzel-themed story and the winning choice was Bad Hair Day. Want to see what the title will look like on the book? Check out the cover!
What do you think? Whatever After #5: Bad Hair Day will be available on April 29!
Tell us in the Comments which Whatever After cover is your favorite. Visit the Whatever After site to see them all.
Starring Jules, the series that features the lively Jules Bloom in awesome in-the-spotlight situations, goes international in its newest book, Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl)! To celebrate book #3, and since being a SUPER-SECRET SPY GIRL is (or should be) your ultimate goal in life, we got Jules to hook us up with an extremely important to-do list:
10 Ways to be a Super-Secret Spy Girl by Jules Bloom
- Practice stealth. (Spies are always sneaking around.)
- Get your brand new best friend to write you e-mail spy assignments all the way from London, England. (This will make you very James Bond-like.)
- Try not to roll eyes when your ex-best friend writes you from fancy summer drama camp.
- If you get some alarming news, like maybe when you travel to Montreal for your first ever big-time movie, whatever you do, don’t freak out. (Oh, and sit near the window: there is a potential puker in the form of one Teddy Lichtenstein.)
- Hope that Canadians are understanding of lispy little brothers and their rubber ducks in disguise.
- Try hard — but not too hard — to get teen mega-star Emma Saxony not to hate you completely.
- When you fail miserably at #6, move on to ex-hockey superstar — now mega-movie star — Rick Hinkley. If you are lucky, he will use his hockey-playing past to help you out with a stunt or two.
- Look danger (in the form of a certain mudslide) right in the eye!
- Try not to be disappointed when things take funny turns. Road-trips, and life, are less like a spy movie and more like a special episode of your favorite sitcom.
- Take deep breaths and look how far you’ve come since your early days as–ahem!–a mouthwash-spitting newbie. (To do this, check out Book #1, Starring Jules (As Herself) in paperback at long last!)
If you’re ready to take on this list, or if you want to see how Jules does it, check out Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl). NOW AVAILABLE!
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)!
- Test your knowledge in the St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Quiz.
- Play the St. Patrick’s Would You Rather Game.
What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the Comments.
All week long during the STACKS Winter Reading Games, we will be hosting daily reading events, giving you a chance to win books, and challenging you to participate in a live 4-hour Readathon on Saturday.*
Are you ready? Then let the Games begin!
*To sign up for the Readathon, visit the Reading Buzz Board and enter your team name. (You need to be a STACKS member to sign up, but it’s free and easy to join. If you are not already a STACKS member, SIGN UP now!)
I think Harry Potter is the perfect Valentine’s Day read for so many reasons. Harry and Cho. Lavender and Won-Won! Hermione and Victor Krum. Harry and Ginny. Ron and Hermione. But my favorite love quote from the Harry Potter series comes from Professor Dumbledore.
What is your favorite Valentine’s inspiration from Harry Potter? Tell us in the Comments and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
–Sonja, STACKS Staffer
We love the Olympic Games, but why should athletes get all the glory? STACKS readers, it’s time to flex your reading muscles and demonstrate your bookish strength and stamina!
Beginning Monday, February 24 through Monday, March 3, you can participate in the STACKS Winter Reading Games. All week long, we will be hosting daily reading events, giving you a chance to win books, and challenging you to participate in a live 4-hour Readathon!
STACKS Winter Reading Games Schedule of Events
- Monday, February 24: Page 32 Writing Prompt and Sweepstakes
- Tuesday, February 25: Book Cover Judging
- Wednesday, February 26: Character Dream Team
- Thursday, February 27: Book-Movie Cast
- Friday, February 28: Guess the Book
- Saturday, March 1: Live Readathon! Gather here for a live 4-hour reading marathon starting at 12 noon ET.
- Monday March 3: Closing ceremonies
Get in one last library training run, gather all your books, get your most comfy reading uniform ready, power up with nutritious snacks, and prepare for the 2014 STACKS Winter Reading Games starting on February 24!
To sign up for the Winter Reading Games, visit the Reading Buzz Board and enter your team name. (You need to be a STACKS member to sign up, but it’s free and easy to join. If you are not already a STACKS member, SIGN UP now!)