Author Archives: Sonja C.

July 3, 2014

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

Posted by at 1:23 am in Kid Power, News | Permalink

Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsApply to be a Scholastic News Kid Reporter!

I’ve said before how lucky the Scholastic News Kid Reporters are. The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie premiere?  On the set at the Percy Jackson movie? Yeah, they were there.

Well, now is your chance to apply to join. I’m too old or I would totally apply, but I would be such a proud Mother Hen if one of our loyal STACKS readers is chosen! Then I could tell the world on Ink Splot 26 all the amazing things YOU are doing as a member of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

What is the Kids Press Corps?
It is a group of kid reporters nationwide who are selected by Scholastic to blog about their interests and report about the news that kids care about. They are real news reporters who go to live events to get the scoop and then write their stories. Some of their assignments include:

  • Interviews with popular authors
  • Book reviews
  • Red carpet premieres
  • Behind-the-scenes reports
  • Interviews with politicians, actors, musicians and artists

Just so you know, it’s not all glitterati and parties. There is a lot of work involved, too. But if you have good writing and interviewing skills, this could be the job for you.

How to apply? Kids aged 10-14 are eligible for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline to apply is September 26, 2014, but you have to send a few writing samples so don’t wait until the last minute! All the application details can be found here.

Good luck!!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 2, 2014

Favorite Fantasy Books

Posted by at 1:27 am in Reads | Permalink

Fantasy Books FestivalWhat are the best fantasy books?

Last week, we asked you to nominate your favorite fantasy books, and you wrote in some awesome suggestions! I have already read and loved most of them, but a few people recommended The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. I have not read this yet and it looks really good, so I checked it out from the library today. Thanks for the suggestion. I can’t wait to start reading it!

Here are all the top fantasy book suggestions (in no particular order) from STACKers.

Favorite Fantasy BooksAre your favorites here? Do you see any new books that YOU want to read next? Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 1, 2014

Celebrity Grammar Police Answers

Posted by at 1:40 am in Celebrities, Trivia | Permalink

trivia_quiz1Did you correct the celebrity grammar mistakes?

With run-on sentences, missing capital letters, and missing punctuation, these celebrities made a lot of grammar mistakes in last week’s Celebrity Grammar Police Quiz! Of course, no one is perfect and and everybody makes mistakes. I’m not judging! I’m just showing you how these sentences are SUPPOSED to look.

  1. Austin Mahone: GUESS WHERE I’M 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 night’s Kickin It. Haha! Love that episode!
  4. Jake Short: It honestly feels like it’s Saturday. My days are so mixed up.
  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!
  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 people’s problems are more messed up than others, but don’t judge a person based on his or her problems.
  10. Ross Lynch: 2014, here I come.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 1, 2014

World Cup Soccer Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:17 am in News, Summer, Who Would Win | Permalink

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

I am completely obsessed with the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil. There are so many amazing teams playing that I don’t want to miss a single game! While you might not actually see both of these competitors in Brazil, what do you think of today’s match-up? Team Kitten vs. Arjen Robben from Team Holland!

Kitten vs. Arjen RobbenAre you loving the World Cup this year, or do you love kittens more? Which team do you support, and who will be the 2014 champions? Leave your World Cup predictions in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.com Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Kitten photo credit plizzba. Arjen Robben photo credit Global Panorama.

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!

  • When: Monday, June 30 at 12 noon ET until 4 p.m. ET
  • Where: Reading Buzz Board
  • How: Sign in to the Reading Buzz Board with your STACKS screen name and password. If you don’t have one, then you can create one here. click “Register” and follow the instructions.

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