Author Archives: Sonja C.

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?
  2. What’s your favorite type of candy?
  3. What are you being for Halloween this year?
  4. What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
  5. What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
  6. What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
  7. Do you have any Halloween traditions?
  8. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
  9. 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

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