Author Archives: Sonja C.

September 18, 2014

Hello Kitty Crochet

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Hello Kitty CrochetHello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends

Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!

Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!Hello Kitty collage

Question for the Author: Out of the 25 characters featured in Hello Kitty Crochet, do you have a favorite?
Mei Li Lee: If I could choose two, I would say Hangyodon and Badtz Maru. Hangyodon because I’ve always been fascinated with the character as a child. It always reminded me of a cuter version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As for Badtz Maru, I was really happy with the way he turned out! Some of the Sanrio amigurumi took me a few tries but with Badtz, I had the pattern locked down right away. He was such a joy to make.

What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 27, 2014

August Readathon

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Extra!You’re invited to a live readathon!

Please bring all your reader friends and join us for the last readathon of the summer. You can read, chat, and participate in reading challenges with all of us on the STACKS for 4 whole hours!

  • When: Thursday, August 28 from noon – 4 p.m. ET
  • Where: Reading Buzz Message Board
  • How: Sign in to the Message Board at noon with your STACKS screen name. If you don’t have a screen name, it’s easy to get one — and free! Sign up now.

Hope to see you at the readathon! If you have school, you can still come join us after school! We will understand if you’re late!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 26, 2014

National Dog Day Poll

Posted by at 1:44 am in Create a Caption, Who Would Win | Permalink

Question marksVote for your favorite dog in our National Dog Day poll!

August 26 is National Dog Day, and you might not know this, but we have featured quite a few dogs on the STACKS. Do you remember any of these cuties from their past blog posts?

National Dog Day photos

  1. Pinkie
  2. Mikko and Maxine
  3. Cero
  4. Chewy
  5. Toby
  6. Smokey
  7. Scamper and TuTu
  8. Bran G
  9. Luke and Laura

Leave a Comment telling us which dog is your favorite.

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

August 18, 2014

Back-to-School Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:35 am in Who Would Win, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Back to SchoolIt’s time to go back to school!

It’s finally time to go back to school! YAYYYY!!! There are so many reasons to get excited about going back to school but for today’s Who Would Win, please choose between these 2:

Which is better?

Having the best school library OR having the best school supplies in your school bag?

Back to School

Leave your vote in the Comments. And tell us your favorite part about going back to school.

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

The librarian photo credit aussiegal; My schoool bag photo credit anasararojas

August 12, 2014

Shark Week Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:37 am in Summer, Who Would Win | Permalink

Shark WeekWho would win this Shark Week match-up?

I am not ashamed to admit that I am TERRIFIED of sharks. I will literally not go swimming in the ocean because, even though you can’t see them, I know the sharks ARE THERE, LURKING! So, I know who I would pick for this week’s Who Would Win. How about you?

Who Would Win? Shark vs. baby hedgehog

Shark photo courtesy Brook Ward. Hedgehog photo courtesy Tiffany Bailey

Are you loving Shark Week this year, or are you like me, hiding under your covers and thinking about baby hedgehogs? Leave your answer in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.com Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 7, 2014

Craft Books Giveaway

Posted by at 1:27 am in Games | Permalink

Extra!Attention, all crafty people!

We are offering you a special opportunity for a chance to enter to win 2 free craft books: Felted Friends and Tissue Paper Crafts. So cute, right?

Tissue Paper Crafts and Felted Friends book covers

But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.

So right now you may be thinking. . .

YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!

ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we send you a newsletter full of games, quizzes, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter to win those craft books now. How do I enter?

ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you must wait until August 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?

Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

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

August 5, 2014

Adventure Guess the Books Answers

Posted by at 11:44 pm in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

Guess the bookAdventure Guess the Books: Answers Revealed!

Your challenge yesterday was to name the book titles just by looking at these little pieces of the book covers. Did you guess them all?

Here are the answers:

  1. The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
  2. The 39 Clues: Unstoppable: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson
  3. Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  4. I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis
  5. Infestation by Timothy J. Bradley

How did you do? Have you read all these books? Then you should totally join us for the rest of the Adventure Books Bash going on all month long!

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

July 30, 2014

Harry Potter Readathon

Posted by at 2:05 pm in Harry Potter, Live Chats, Reads | Permalink

Extra!Please join us TODAY for a live readathon to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday!

Since it will be on Harry Potter’s actual birthday, it will be a combination birthday party/readathon. You can read, eat virtual cake, chat with all your reader friends on STACKS, and participate in some special Harry Potter challenges we have planned.

  • When: Thursday, July 31 at noon ET
  • Where: Harry Potter Message Board
  • How: Sign in to the Message Board at noon with your STACKS screen name. If you don’t have a screen name, it’s easy to get one – and free! Sign up now.
Hogwarts

Art copyright Kazu Kibuishi

Hope to see you at the readathon!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 25, 2014

Adventure Books Readathon

Posted by at 1:09 am in Reads | Permalink

Adventure Books BashAugust Is the Month for Adventure!

STACKS has some new activities lined up for your August reading adventure. If you like adventure books, you are going to love our Adventure Books Bash. Here’s what we have planned. . .

August 5: Adventure Guess the Books
Can you guess the book titles just from seeing tiny slivers of their covers?

August 12: Shark Week Who Would Win
If you have read I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916, then you understand my terror of sharks. Guys, an actual shark attacked actual people swimming at the actual Jersey shore. I ask you, what is scarier than that?

August 13: Choose Your Own Adventure Part 1
STACKS Staffer En-Szu is writing an adventure story where YOU get to choose what path to take. At the end of the story, your choices will reveal which adventure hero you are most like.

August 20: Choose Your Own Adventure Part 2
En-Szu’s story continues with a new twist!

August 26: National Dog Day
Well, this might not have anything to do with adventure books, but how awesome is a whole day when we get to celebrate dogs?

August 27: Which Adventure Hero Are You? Find out!

August 28: Readathon 12-4 p.m. ET
Join us on the STACKS for a live 4-hour readathon!

I hope you can join us for 1 or all of these STACKS events this August!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer