Author Archives: Sonja C.

December 17, 2014

Gift for Readers

Posted by at 3:51 pm in Kid Power | Permalink

giftPrintable Book Plates

Are you looking for a last-minute gift to give to your friends who love reading? Print out a bunch of these bookplates on pretty paper. Then trim them to size, tie them up with a ribbon, and you’re done! Your friends can stick them in all their favorite books. You can print some for yourself, too!

bookplate

You can find more bookplates to print out here.

Happy Holidays!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 16, 2014

Literary Cats

Posted by at 1:13 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Rainbow PenFamous Books Written by Literary Cats

Most people know that cats are smart, but did you know that many famous books were actually written by cats? I had no idea until I discovered these books in my cat’s library (a.k.a. his pile of treasured possessions hidden under the couch).Diary of a Wimpy Cat

Can you identify these literary masterpieces written by cats?

  • Diary of a Wimpy Cat by Jeff Kitty
  • Purrrcy Catson and the Olympians by Rick Rowr-dan
  • Little Kittens by Louisa May Alcat
  • Furry Pawter and the Dog’s Bone by J.K. Meowling
  • Say Meow and Chase that Tiny, Moving Red Dot! by R. L. Feline

Leave your answers in the Comments and let us know what books you would find in your cat library!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 13, 2014

STACKS Shows

Posted by at 1:03 am in Kid Power | Permalink

stacks showsI <3 STACKS Shows!

I have noticed a very fun trend on the STACKS Message Boards: people making their own shows. They are all super-creative and each person’s show is different. Here is a sample of some of the shows I’ve been seeing lately.

Radio Show!!! by SoftballAthena7 and WinterWonder9300

W: Hey, guys! Today is our first ever radio show on the STACKs! This show is all about having fun. Stay tuned for quizzes, interviews, STACKs news, and much, much more! The roof is about to get raised!
Before we start, let’s introduce ourselves! I’m WinterWonder9300 and I love to read! I’ve loved every second of my four years of being on this site. I can’t wait to spend many more years here.

S: And I’m SoftballAthena7. I love to read, write, play sports, and, of course, I’m all about Greek mythology.

W: Now, since this is a radio show… we have a few songs to listen to! “Amnesia” by 5 Seconds of Summer and “Believer” by American Authors
While you check out those songs, here is some STACKs news. . . (Click here to read the rest of this show.)

The Purplewizard50 Show by PurpleWizard50

So, as most of you may know, I got this idea from CatGymnastics, my Stack Pal. So thanks, Melanie! And here’s your reward! You’ll be this week’s Featured STACKer! Anyway, let’s start the show off with the newest fan fiction I’m writing. Basically, I’m going to be writing a chapter in every episode!

Chapter 1
Everything in this story is true. Trust me. Or don’t. Most people don’t trust me because I’m totally unreliable. Others don’t trust me because my father is a jewel thief and my mother is a murderer. My name is Scarlett Moon. (Click here to read the rest of this show.)

If you are not on the boards, you should go visit and join the fun. Maybe you can write your own show!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 21, 2014

Halloween Poll

Posted by at 1:50 am in Trivia, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Happy HalloweenHalloween Poll

Moderator Katie on the Reading Buzz Message Board posted a poll-type quiz with questions contributed by Go-green-or-else, DreamtimeDetermined14, BreezeBrain39, WinterWonder9300, and DarkRising6.

MU HA HA HA! Let the fun begin!

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
  • What’s your favorite type of candy?
  • What are you being for Halloween this year?
  • What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
  • What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
  • What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
  • Do you have any Halloween traditions?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
  • Do you know the history of Halloween? Do you care?
  • There are lots more questions to answer in the Halloween Quiz post. Go check them out and tell Moderator Katie I said, “Hi!” Happy Halloween!!

    image from kids.scholastic.com — Sonja, STACKS Staffer

    October 11, 2014

    Nobel Peace Prize

    Posted by at 1:51 am in Kid Power, News | Permalink

    Make a difference!2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

    The Nobel Peace prize is a very important award given to particular people anywhere in the world who have worked to promote peace and understanding among nations. The prize is a HUGE honor and it is worth over $1 million! In the past, the prize has gone to famous presidents like Americans Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and South Africans F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. Organizations can win the award, too. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won for its work to help the environment. And Doctors Without Borders won for its work to take care of sick people around the world.

    The 2014 award was announced this week. It is being given to two people and one is a 17-year-old girl! She is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient ever. Talk about Kid Power! Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are the winners this year for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

    Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights activist. He campaigns to help poor children who are forced to work as slaves in factories, to get them out of the factories and into school. Believe it or not, there are children who have to leave their parents to go work all day long in faraway factories. They never even have the chance to learn how to read much less borrow a book from a beautiful library. According to the Bachpan Bachao Andolan website (“Save the Childhood Movement” in English), Satyarthi has set up schools and rescued thousands of children out of this slavery.

    Malala has also campaigned to help all children go to school. You may have heard of her since she was in the news a lot a couple of years ago. She was writing a blog about living under the Taliban in Pakistan, especially how they didn’t want girls to go to school. Malala went to school anyway and continued speaking out against the Taliban. The Taliban actually tried to kill her, but she survived and continues to speak out for girls’ right to go to school and get an education. How brave!

    So you see it doesn’t matter how young you are. YOU can change the world! Leave a Comment and let us know how you’re inspired to make a difference!

     

    October 10, 2014

    Sabrina Carpenter

    Posted by at 1:40 am in Celebrities | Permalink

    Girl Meets WorldSabrina Carpenter singer/songwriter and co-star on Girl Meets World

    Judging by your comments, you guys love Girl Meets World. In honor of your fandom, we have a new interview with 15-year-old Sabrina Carpenter who plays Maya on the show, and also sings the song, “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying.”

    Tell me about Riley (Rowan’s character).
    Sabrina: Riley is very different from my character. She’s very sweet, very caring, and she loves school. She’s a very optimistic, curious girl. I’m friends with a lot of people like that in real life. I think it’s important to have those mentally stimulating friends around you like that, and she’s a really great character. Continue reading

    October 1, 2014

    Halloween Book Challenge

    Posted by at 1:01 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

    Happy HalloweenJoin Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!

    Join your fellow STACKers and take the Halloween Book Challenge. Here’s how the challenge will work. You pledge to read at least 1 new book every week until Halloween. Every week, it will be a different theme and you will choose a new book to read to match the theme for that week. Tell us in the Comments what book you are reading and then go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to tell us more about your book and chat with other participants in the Halloween Book Challenge.

    Weekly themes:

    Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
    Read a book with black or orange in the book cover. (OK. I know The Long Haul won’t be out until November but it has such a great orange cover, I couldn’t resist!)

    Black and orange book covers for Halloween Book Challenge

    Oct 8-14 Creepy Setting
    Choose a book that takes place somewhere creepy like a cemetery, a dark forest, a haunted house, an abandoned amusement park, an old castle . . .

    Halloween Book Challenge: creepy settings

    Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
    Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.

    Supernatural book covers

    Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
    This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.

    Trick or treat book covers

    If you are participating in the Halloween Book Challenge, let everyone know by changing your Avatar profile into the book t-shirt, and make it orange! And leave a Comment telling us which book you will read for this week.

    Sonja, STACKS Staffer

    September 30, 2014

    Back-to-School Word Scramble Answers

    Posted by at 1:26 pm in Trivia | Permalink

    Back to SchoolBack-to-School Word Scramble Answers

    How did you do on your first STACKS test of the new school year? No matter whether you could unscramble them all, or the letters just looked like a bunch of unreadable jibberish, you’re all superstars to me!

    Here are the answers:

    1. Kcerlo = Locker
    2. Ebntooko = Notebook
    3. Cbapckak = Backpack
    4. Omhkorwe = Homework
    5. Ecnilps = Pencils
    6. Enw eaerstch = New teachers
    7. Lohocs = School
    8. Isghlen = English

    Thanks, CatGymnastics for an awesome quiz! Would you like to see YOUR quiz in the Ink Splot 26 blog? You can add your ideas here!

    Sonja, STACKS Staffer

    September 30, 2014

    Back-to-School Word Scramble

    Posted by at 1:56 am in Trivia | Permalink

    Back to SchoolBack-to-School Word Scramble

    By now, you are certainly all settled into the new school year. You’re in the routine of waking up early, getting to school on time, and doing homework every night. Maybe you have even had your first test. So, you are totally ready to ace this back-to-school word scramble created by CatGymnastics173!

    Can you unscramble these school-related words? Continue reading