Author Archives: Sonja C.

January 26, 2015

Penguins Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:36 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a Caption for these Stylish Penguins

I love penguins just in their regular tuxedos (a.k.a. their birthday suits!), but these dressed up penguins look ready for a fancy South Pole party! Don’t they look like they could dance the night away?

Stylish Penguins

‘These Penguins Have Style” Flickr photo by Michael Dorausch

What do you think these stylish penguins are saying to each other? Leave your caption in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

January 14, 2015

2014 Books of the Year

Posted by at 1:11 am in Books of the Month, Reads | Permalink

What were the most recommended books of 2014?

Over the year, we asked you to add your recommended books to our Books of the Month word cloud. Well, I have tallied up the results and the following books stand out way above the others for being the books that YOU chose most often in 2014.

Behold the 2014 Books of the Year!

2014 Books of the Year

#1: The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan was the #1 most recommended book series of 2014!
#2: Harry Potter series
#3: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
#4: The Hunger Games trilogy (for ages 12 and up)
#5: Warriors, Dork Diaries, Minecraft, and Wings of Fire series tied for 5th place.

Have you read them all? Are these YOUR favorite books of 2014? What books will you be reading in 2015? Tell us in the Comments, and get ready for a new year of reading!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 17, 2014

Gift for Readers

Posted by at 3:51 pm in Kid Power | Permalink

Printable Book Plates

Are you looking for a last-minute gift to give to your friends who love reading? Print out a bunch of these bookplates on pretty paper. Then trim them to size, tie them up with a ribbon, and you’re done! Your friends can stick them in all their favorite books. You can print some for yourself, too!

bookplate

You can find more bookplates to print out here.

Happy Holidays!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 16, 2014

Literary Cats

Posted by at 1:13 am in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

Rainbow PenFamous Books Written by Literary Cats

Most people know that cats are smart, but did you know that many famous books were actually written by cats? I had no idea until I discovered these books in my cat’s library (a.k.a. his pile of treasured possessions hidden under the couch).Diary of a Wimpy Cat

Can you identify these literary masterpieces written by cats?

  • Diary of a Wimpy Cat by Jeff Kitty
  • Purrrcy Catson and the Olympians by Rick Rowr-dan
  • Little Kittens by Louisa May Alcat
  • Furry Pawter and the Dog’s Bone by J.K. Meowling
  • Say Meow and Chase that Tiny, Moving Red Dot! by R. L. Feline

Leave your answers in the Comments and let us know what books you would find in your cat library!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 13, 2014

STACKS Shows

Posted by at 1:03 am in Kid Power | Permalink

stacks showsI <3 STACKS Shows!

I have noticed a very fun trend on the STACKS Message Boards: people making their own shows. They are all super-creative and each person’s show is different. Here is a sample of some of the shows I’ve been seeing lately.

Radio Show!!! by SoftballAthena7 and WinterWonder9300

W: Hey, guys! Today is our first ever radio show on the STACKs! This show is all about having fun. Stay tuned for quizzes, interviews, STACKs news, and much, much more! The roof is about to get raised!
Before we start, let’s introduce ourselves! I’m WinterWonder9300 and I love to read! I’ve loved every second of my four years of being on this site. I can’t wait to spend many more years here.

S: And I’m SoftballAthena7. I love to read, write, play sports, and, of course, I’m all about Greek mythology.

W: Now, since this is a radio show… we have a few songs to listen to! “Amnesia” by 5 Seconds of Summer and “Believer” by American Authors
While you check out those songs, here is some STACKs news. . . (Click here to read the rest of this show.)

The Purplewizard50 Show by PurpleWizard50

So, as most of you may know, I got this idea from CatGymnastics, my Stack Pal. So thanks, Melanie! And here’s your reward! You’ll be this week’s Featured STACKer! Anyway, let’s start the show off with the newest fan fiction I’m writing. Basically, I’m going to be writing a chapter in every episode!

Chapter 1
Everything in this story is true. Trust me. Or don’t. Most people don’t trust me because I’m totally unreliable. Others don’t trust me because my father is a jewel thief and my mother is a murderer. My name is Scarlett Moon. (Click here to read the rest of this show.)

If you are not on the boards, you should go visit and join the fun. Maybe you can write your own show!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 21, 2014

Halloween Poll

Posted by at 1:50 am in Trivia, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Halloween PollHappy Halloween

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?
  • What’s your favorite type of candy?
  • What are you being for Halloween this year?
  • What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
  • What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
  • What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
  • Do you have any Halloween traditions?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
  • 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 and your responses to our Girl Meets World Would You Rather, 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