Author Archives: Sonja C.

February 24, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 1

Posted by at 1:59 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Page 32 Writing Prompt

It’s day 1 of the STACKS Winter Reading Games and I am proud to present your first event! Reading competitors, on your mark! Turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading (or the nearest page with text on it) and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence:

“It is more fun to read than to ________ !”
For example, my book is Gold Medal Winter, so taking a phrase from page 32, mine would say . . . 

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Post your sentence in the Comments so everyone may enjoy! Don’t forget to include the title of the book you are reading. Come back tomorrow and every day this week for a new event in the STACKS Winter Reading Games!

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 18, 2014

Sage Kotsenburg Answers Your Questions

Sage KotsenburgSlopestyle Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenburg Answers YOUR Questions

The day after he won the gold medal in the Sochi Olympics, snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg offered to answer some of YOUR questions. So nice, right? You asked, and here are Sage’s responses!

Sage Kotsenburg snowboarding at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Photo credit: Chris Wellhausen

Elle asked: What is it like being in the Olympics?
Sage: Being in the Olympics is such an unreal experience. It was almost like a dream just being there. When I won, it was just . . .  I could not even comprehend what was going on. You feel like you’re in this fantasy world being there because it is just something you have watched on TV since you were a kid and then you show up there and you’re like, “WOW, I can’t believe we are actually here right now.” It was a really cool experience being there. Everyone was really nice and I met a lot of people from different countries.

CatBrain205 asked: How nerve-racking is it waiting for the awards to be announced? Who would you dedicate the medal to? Who do you appreciate the most for their support and enthusiasm?
Sage: Waiting for the award is almost the scariest part. It is just the biggest event of your life. Waiting up on the podium, it was like, my knees were just shaking; my legs were shaking. Mark McMorris, who got 3rd, looked at me and said, “My knees are shaking.” I was like, “ME, TOO! This is crazy!” And I would love to dedicate my medal to my mom and dad because I would not be where I am without all their support. So, just leave my gold medal at their house!

Sonja asked: Do you like swimming? I got 3rd place the first time I went to a swim meet.
Sage: I enjoy going to lakes and oceans. I do not swim too much in lap pools, but maybe you can be the next Michael Phelps and win a bunch of gold medals in the Olympics.

AmethystButterfly585 asked: The Olympics and everyone who competes in them inspire me so much. What inspired YOU to go for it?
Sage: I got inspired a lot from watching the 2002 Olympics. I was watching when I was in 3rd grade, so 8 or 9 years old. Watching Ross Powers, Danny Kass, and J.J. Thomas win there was eye-opening to me.

If Sage has inspired YOU to get involved in snowboarding, you can check out some incredible training programs offered by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Maybe we will see you in PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympics!

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

 

February 10, 2014

Ask an Olympic Gold Medalist

Extra! Extra!Slopestyle Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenburg Answers YOUR Questions

I don’t know about you, but I was glued to my TV screen on Saturday night, watching the Sochi Olympic Slopestyle event where a 20-year-old American named Sage Kotsenburg won the gold medal. I can’t even imagine what was going on in his mind before his gold-winning run, how excited he was when he won, and what his life is like now that he’s an Olympic gold medalist. It must be so cool to be in the Olympics and win a medal!

Sage Kotsenburg at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Photo credit: Chris Wellhausen

If you have ever wanted to ask a question of a real-life Olympian, now is your chance because Sage Kotsenburg will be answering STACKers’ questions! If you have any questions about snowboarding, the Olympics, or that amazing gold medal, leave them in the Comments.

Click here for the answers. Maybe your question will get answered!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

 

February 8, 2014

Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

Posted by at 1:40 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Valentine's HeartWe Heart Bookish Valentines!

Books = Love. That’s why bookmarks make perfect Valentine’s Day cards. Here are a few ideas you can make for your bookish friends this Valentine’s Day. I hope you like them!

Valentine Bookmarks

Pipe cleaner heart bookmarkPipe Cleaner Heart
Fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist the ends together a little bit. Pull the folded-over part into a heart shape. So easy! If you want to add a message, you can glue a piece of paper to the pipe cleaner and write your message inside.

Paper clip heart bookmarkPaper Clip Heart
Draw or trace heart onto some pretty paper – or plain paper colored to look pretty. Cut out your heart and glue it to a paper clip. If you have a wooden stick, you can use this instead of a paper clip.

Paper heart garland bookmarkHeart Garland
Cut out a few small hearts and glue them to a piece of yarn or string.

Do you have any other Valentine’s Day bookmark ideas? Share them in the Comments. Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

January 27, 2014

Things Readers Wish the World Would Understand

Posted by at 12:12 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

book=notalk_130It’s a Reader Thing.

I am a Reader. Reading books and thinking about books and dreaming about books is normal, everyday stuff for me. But for some reason, things that seem normal to me seem kind of strange to people who are non-readers.

Here are a few examples of things I wish the world would understand:

  • If you call me while I am in the middle of a good book, I won’t answer my phone.
  • When I finally get the sequel of an awesome book I have been waiting for, I don’t want to hang out with my friends. I want to read my book and do nothing else until I finish it.
  • I always have a book in my bag just in case I get bored somewhere (like at a party, or a concert, or while I’m waiting in the cafeteria lunch line). Why is reading on the cafeteria lunch line not normal?
  • Running out of books is a serious emergency, like, life-threatening. If that happens, I must go to the library immediately!

How about you? What are the reader things you wish the world would understand about you? Leave them in the Comments.

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January 17, 2014

Dove Cameron in Cloud 9

Posted by at 12:00 pm in Celebrities | Permalink

Dove Cameron in Cloud 9The Disney Channel Original Movie Cloud 9 premieres Friday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

The story of Cloud 9 follows Kayla (played by Dove Cameron), a prima donna snowboarder who was just unceremoniously dropped from her team and forced to train with Will (played by Luke Benward), LUKE BENWARD in Cloud 9a former snowboarding champion who’s struggling after a career-ending wipe-out. A video capturing it went viral, branding him an “epic fail” on the Internet.

Now, as Kayla trains with Will to redeem her stature, he creates a regimen that will test her commitment to continue in the snowboarding competition circuit. Meanwhile, Kayla must somehow inspire Will to overcome his biggest obstacle — self-doubt. Together, the two learn that nothing is impossible.

You may recognize Luke Benward (a. k. a. Will) because he played Teddy’s boyfriend, Beau, on Good Luck Charlie. And you know Dove Cameron (Kayla) from Liv & Maddie.

I got the chance to meet Dove when she stopped by Scholastic this week to talk about her favorite books. She is super-sweet and so pretty! Watch the video.

What do you think? Will you be watching Cloud 9? Leave a Comment. And to read about a real-live Winter Olympian, meet 18-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photos courtesy DISNEY CHANNEL/Fred Hayes

January 16, 2014

Reading Resolutions

Posted by at 1:18 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

writing_prompt_bookHappy New Year to all my fellow reading-obsessed STACKers!

At the beginning of a new year, everyone talks about making resolutions. I love making resolutions and I love reading books, so this poster of reading resolutions just represents me perfectly.

How about you? Do you have any reading resolutions for 2014? Leave them in the Comments!

BookishResolutionsPS. In case you don’t know, “TBR” stands for To Be Read — you know, that pile of books you are waiting to read next. I have a very, very large TBR pile!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

January 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Professor Snape

Posted by at 1:10 am in Harry Potter | Permalink

hp7_130January 9 is Severus Snape’s birthday!

While I am very happy I never actually had a teacher as mean as Professor Snape, I am a HUGE Snape fan. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t finished the Harry Potter series yet, but Snape’s story is so tragic and heroic. I just love him! Happy Birthday, Professor! SnapeQuoteAre you a fan of Professor Snape? Leave your birthday wishes in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

January 6, 2014

Captain Underpants Meets Wimpy Kid Webcast!

extraJeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey Create a “Story Smashup” Live On Stage in an Exclusive Scholastic Webcast

Jeff Kinney, creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series joined forces for a “Story CU_attackoftalkingtoiletsSmashup” webcast event at Scholastic.

Superstar artist-authors Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey worked together to create an original story with art and pictures based on suggestions from an audience of kids. In the webcast, you can also watch Kinney and Pilkey’s hilarious attempts to draw each other’s characters and to see if they can draw their own characters, Greg Heffley and Captain Underpants, blindfolded! Watch the webcast video.

And . . . There’s more! You can enter a contest based on Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey’s story starter. Download the contest entry form and create your own brilliant, one-of-a-kind, three-panel ending to Kinney and Pilkey’s original story! One Grand Prize Winner will have his or her entry framed alongside Kinney and Pilkey’s first six panels, autographed by each author. Ten Runners-Up will receive their very own illustrated storytelling extravaganza book collection. So, yeah, you will want to enter that!

Mail your entry by February 14 to:
The Mini-Story Cliff-Hanger Contest
P.O. Box 714
New York, NY, 10013-0714

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. All students in grades 2 through 8 in a U.S. school who are legal U.S. residents are eligible to enter, except those who have family members employed by Scholastic Inc. Every entry MUST include student name, teacher name, grade/age, school name, address and phone number and mailed to: Mash-Up Mini-Story Cliffhanger Contest, P.O. Box 714, New York, NY, 10013-0714. One (1) Grand Prize Winner (approx. retail value: $300) and ten (10) Runners Up (approximate retail value: $75) will be selected based on clarity of thought, execution and creativity. Winners will be notified on or about March 13, 2014. Void where prohibited.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer