Author Archives: Sonja C.

June 30, 2014

Please Join the Readathon

Posted by at 1:51 am in Live Chats, News, Reads | Permalink

Peep says Hi.Readathon Today!

Gather all your books and snacks, and prepare for a live 4-hour reading marathon starting Monday, June 30 at 12 noon ET.

Your goal for the Readathon is to read for 4 straight hours, but don’t worry. STACKS Staffer En-Szu and I will be there to cheer you on with hourly challenges and inspiration to keep you going. Plus, you will meet other STACKers who love books, and make some new summer reading buddies!

This Readathon is now over but you can read the recap here! 

Click here for details about the July Readathon.

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

June 24, 2014

Celebrity Grammar Police

Posted by at 1:34 am in Celebrities, Trivia | Permalink

trivia_quiz1Can you spot the celebrity grammar mistakes?

You know I love the celebrities we get to profile on the STACKS, but I have to reveal a sad truth. While they are all talented and beautiful, they do not always use perfect grammar and spelling when they write to their fans on social media. Shocking, I know, but YOU can help them. Please look at the following sentences and correct the mistakes. They will probably be really grateful for your corrections.

  1. Austin Mahone: GUESS WHERE IM GOING TOMORROW!!!
  2. Peyton List: Every time I make an ugly face on Jessie I think about how many people are going to screenshot it and make it their profile pic
  3. Leo Howard: Hey everyone did you see last nights Kickin it. Haha love that episode!
  4. Jake Short: It honestly feels like it’s Saturday. My days are so nixed up. (Sonja: It was actually hard to find a mistake from Jake Short. His grammar is really very good!)
  5. Harry Styles: Thank you so much to everyone who bought the album, you’re incredible. And we are nothing without you, I am very very happy today .x
  6. Olivia Holt: blessings show up in many different forms. don’t ever second guess God’s reasoning.
  7. Taylor Swift: I LOVE YOU GUYS WE GOT AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO USE PUNCTUATION (Sonja: At least she knows she made a mistake.)
  8. Mindless Behavior: what did you guys think of our new video from the airport? what can we say we love to dance LOL!!
  9. Karan Brar: Everyone has problems. Some peoples problems are more messed up than others, but don’t judge a person based on their problems.
  10. Ross Lynch: 2014 here I come.

I tried to find a mistake from Dove Cameron but I couldn’t. Her grammar is impeccable! Did you spot the mistakes in all these sentences? Leave the corrected sentences in the Comments and then check your answers.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

June 9, 2014

What Would You Do If?

Posted by at 1:46 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Question marksRandom STACKS Randomness

AquaLadybug7 has a random quiz for you, and I have to say these questions really made me think! Libraries closed for 28 years???!!!! What kind of sick person would do that???

Anyway, here is the quiz. I need to go lie down after the shock of question #3.

Hey, everyone. I’m going to give you a bunch of wacky situations and you’re going to reply saying what you would do. So . . . WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF . . .AquaLadybug Avatar

  1. You got sucked into an annoying commercial that kept on playing the same corny song over and over and over again?
  2. You went outside in June in your favorite new outfit and then it started to rain and it was RUINED!?
  3. All libraries closed their doors for the next 28 years?
  4. You bought something online for $500,000 and it turned out to be a scam?
  5. You could have 3 wishes?
  6. You could actually TASTE a cloud and it tasted NOTHING EVEN CLOSE TO COTTON CANDY?
  7. You jumped on a giant trampoline and you ended up on the moon?

Leave your answers in the Comments.Then visit AquaLadybug7 on the STACKS Buzz Board to say, “Hi!” Also, check out AquaLadybug’s latest What Would You Do If Quiz!
image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

June 7, 2014

Ernest & Celestine DVD

Posted by at 1:01 pm in Book to Big Screen | Permalink

Ernest & Celestine DVDCelebrate National Best Friends Day with a heartwarming movie.

The world is full of stories about best friends whom everyone else thinks should be enemies: Romeo and Juliet, Lady and the Tramp, and now . . . Ernest and Celestine. Since National Best Friends Day is June 8, we would like to introduce you to the unlikely friendship depicted in the French movie Ernest & Celestine (rated PG).

Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is about a society of mice that live underground in constant fear of the bears that dwell in the city above. In this world, bears eat mice. But when the mouse, Celestine, comes face to face with one of those bears, an unlikely, but beautiful friendship begins.

What do you think? Who are YOUR favorite fictional or famous BFFs? Leave a comment!Ernest & Celestine art

Ernest & Celestine won France’s César Award for Best Animated Feature and a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards®, and it will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 17.

May 16, 2014

J. K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts Movie News

Posted by at 10:40 am in Book to Big Screen, Harry Potter | Permalink

Extra!November 18, 2016.

Clear your calendar of any other events on that day because if you are a Harry Potter fan, you will want that day free to go see the new movie based on J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It will be the first of 3 mega-movies set in the magical world about 70 years before the start of the Harry Potter story (so obviously, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were not born yet). The films will follow magizoologist Newton Artemis Fido Scamander (whose grandson Rolf will later marry Luna Lovegood). Newt was a Hufflepuff who graduated from Hogwarts in 1915. From 1918 to 1927, he traveled all over the world researching magical creatures for the book he was writing called . . . Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which we know went on to become a Hogwarts textbook. In his travels, he visited New York, which is where this movie will start.

We don’t know which actors will be in the movies, but we do know that the look of the movies will resemble the eight Harry Potter movies and might re-use the some of the same sets, currently housed at Warner’s Leavesden Studios in London.

OK. I have told you all I know so far. I’m sorry it’s not very much yet. Has anyone read the original book? What creatures are you most excited about seeing in the movie?

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

May 8, 2014

My Favorite Fictional Mother

Posted by at 1:26 am in Harry Potter, News | Permalink

Happy Mother's DayHappy Mother’s Day, Mrs. Weasley!

Mother’s Day is May 11 this year, and in addition to all the wonderful women who have “mothered” me in my life, I would also like to send a tribute to my favorite fictional mother, Mrs. Molly Weasley.

Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

Quote by J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

Quote by J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Who could forget this infamous howler she sent Ron in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Who is your favorite fictional mother? Let us know in the Comments. And don’t forget to do something nice for your mother this weekend!

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

April 25, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 21

Posted by at 2:47 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Final Book Clue!

We have come to the end of our week of Reading Bingo. Today’s goal is to fill in every single box in your Reading Bingo card, and in this last post, I will give you the final 4 clues all in one go. Look at your Reading Bingo card carefully and double check all the past book clues. It’s still not too late to start today’s game, but this is your LAST CHANCE to get Bingo!

Your final 4 book clues are . . .

Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner

I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis

The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

If you have read any of these books, choose the proper Bingo square and write in the title.

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here. Book clues 123456789, 101112131415161718, 19, and 20 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus all of today’s book clues.

Did you do it? Did you fill in every single square on your Reading Bingo card? Yell it out in the Comments.

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

April 25, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 19

Posted by at 1:06 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Last Day!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to fill in every single box in your Reading Bingo card. If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues  123456789, 10111213, 1415, 16, 17, and 18 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus all of today’s book clues. Even if you haven’t been playing all week, you can still join the game, so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for your next book clue!

Book clue 19 is . . .Swindle book cover
Swindle by Gordon Korman

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title. Check Ink Splot 26 and the Reading Buzz Board all day for more book clues. When you get your entire Reading Bingo card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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

April 24, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 16

Posted by at 1:16 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 4!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a Z-shape on your Reading Bingo card like this:Bingo Z shape

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues 123456789, 10111213, 14, and 15 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 16 is . . .Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26, the Message Boards, and your Profile shout-outs all day for more book clues. When you get the Z-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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