Author Archives: Sonja C.

October 1, 2014

Halloween Book Challenge

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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 based on that week’s theme. So 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.

Black and orange book covers

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 . . .

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

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

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 Halloween Colors 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

September 18, 2014

Hello Kitty Crochet

Posted by at 1:59 am in Games, Kid Power | Permalink

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

Posted by at 12:13 pm in Live Chats | Permalink

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