Author Archives: Sonja C.

April 22, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 6

Posted by at 1:52 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 2!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a T-shape on your Reading Bingo card like this:

Bingo T shape

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 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 6 is . . . .
Fantastic Mr. Fox book cover

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

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 Message Boards all day for more book clues. When you get the T-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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

April 21, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 4

Posted by at 6:00 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading Bingo Reading Bingo Day 1

We are playing Reading Bingo on the STACKS all week long, and we want YOU to join! If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues 1, 2, and 3 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus book clue 4. It’s not too late to start playing, so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for a new book clue!

Book clue 4 is . . . .Time Warp Trio book cover by Jon Scieszka

The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka

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 Message Boards all day for more book clues. When you get 5 in a row, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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

April 21, 2014

Reading Bingo Starts Today!

Posted by at 1:03 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 1

Here is everything you need to get started playing STACKS Reading Bingo.

Rules and Procedures:

  1. Print your Bingo card. You can print as many Bingo cards as you want.Reading Bingo card
  2. Easy Bingo: If you have read any books that fit in any of the squares, you can write them in. For example, A1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You will have to report the titles for each square to prove that you have Bingo.  If you want an extra challenge, skip this step and go to step 3.
  3. CHALLENGE Bingo: When we announce a book title on the STACKS, check your Bingo card and see if that book fits in any of the squares. Write down the book title in the proper square. This is harder because you can only use the books that we call out.
  4. Each square must be a different book title. No repeating the same book!
  5. You must have read the book OR are currently reading the book.
  6. Every day, the way to win will be different, so you could get Bingo every day. The way to win today is to get 5 squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Tomorrow, it will be different!
  7. When you get Bingo, yell it in the blog Comments and tell us which books you put in which squares. (A1: book title, A2: book title . . .)

The first book clue is . . . .The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm book cover

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

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 Harry Potter Message Board all day today for more book clues. When you get 5 in row, yell BINGO! in the Comments. Good luck!

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

April 15, 2014

Character Crossbreeds

Posted by at 1:21 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Character Combinations Writing PromptCharacter Crossbreeds

A long time ago, like, a REALLY long time ago, I posted a Character Combinations Writing Prompt asking you to create a new character by combining 2 existing characters. There were some amazing answers. Seriously, you should go read the Comments from that post. Today’s Writing Prompt is similar but different. Here goes. . .

If you spliced your own DNA with the DNA of a fictional character together, which character would you create?

For example:

  • Me + Harry Potter = Lyra Belacqua from The Golden Compass
  • Me + the White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe = Elsa from Frozen

Now it’s your turn. Create your own character crossbreed and tell us in the Comments.

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

April 14, 2014

Blobfish Caption

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Blobfish

Image courtesy the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

You may remember this little fella from our Dog with a Blog Would You Rather post last month. Judging by your comments, you guys seemed to really like this blobby guy. And by “like,” I mean you thought it was the most disgusting thing you ever saw.

DogBlue5029 said, “What is that?”
BloodhoundBlue840 said, “What the heck is that big sloppy thing that looks like it’s drooling?”
ArtPink725 said, “I would not kiss the blobfish.”
CherriesHamster14 said, “Who would want to even touch a blobfish?”
Aqi said, “I know! Who on EARTH would kiss a blobfish?! It looks like it is DROOLING!!!!!”

Well, you’ve had your say. Now let’s give the blobfish a chance to say what’s on its mind. Write a caption for what you think this creature is thinking. Leave your caption in the Comments, and remember to be kind! The blobfish has feelings, too, you know!

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

April 11, 2014

Disney Lunar Eclipse

Posted by at 4:43 pm in Celebrities, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Jake Short, Bradley Steven Perry, and Paris MaryJo Berelc in Mighty MedDisney Lunar Eclipse: Kickin’ It, Mighty Med, and Lab Rats

There will be a full eclipse of the moon on Monday night and into the early, early hours of Tuesday morning. Some people believe that a lunar eclipse can cause bizarre things to happen. Have you ever noticed that the word “lunatic” has the same root as “lunar?” And that Luna Lovegood is kind of, well, loony? Makes you think, doesn’t it? Anyway, on Monday, April 14th, Disney XD will air special episodes of 3 shows. We’ve got the details about those episodes plus interviews with some of the actors about the strange things they HOPE will happen on Monday night!

Kickin’ It: “Invasion of the Ghost Pirates” (8:00 pm – 8:30 pm E.T./P.T.)
With an impending lunar eclipse, an old Seaford legend surfaces about a ghost pirate returning to seek his revenge on the wharf after a lunar eclipse 300 years ago led to his ship crashing into the shore. Jack makes it clear he doesn’t believe in ghosts, but his skepticism is put to the test.

Mighty Med: “Night of the Living Nightmare” (8:30 pm – 9:00 pm E.T./P.T.)
Kaz and Oliver are exhausted and stuck working the overnight shift during a lunar eclipse, when it is rumored that the freakiest patients come to the hospital. When Neocortex checks in with an illness that unintentionally traps people in their worst nightmares, Kaz and Oliver desperately try to stay awake and figure out how to save everyone from their nightmares.

Lab Rats: “Principal from Another Planet” (9:00 pm – 9:30 pm E.T./P.T.)
Leo is determined to record the bizarre events he believes take place during a lunar eclipse. Davenport is skeptical until it appears that an alien life form has taken control of Principal Perry’s body.

Q: What strange or wacky thing do you wish would happen as a result of this eclipse?
Jake Short: (a.k.a. Oliver in Mighty Med) I wish it would start raining my favorite candy – Starburst.
Paris MaryJo Berelc: (a.k.a. Skylar in Mighty MedI hope the eclipse will give me the ability to breakdance over water.
Auggie Isaac: (a.k.a. Gus in Mighty MedI wish that just when the eclipse was happening, everyone got a superpower. That would be awesome.
Dylan Riley Snyder: (a.k.a. Milton in Kickin’ It) I wish that I would gain awesome superpowers during an eclipse. I would either use them to help with my daily life, or just show off. It would be nice to be very strong, or to fly, or even to control time. I think an eclipse could be powerful enough!
Tyrel Jackson Williams: (a.k.a. Leo in Lab Rats) As the moon passes in front of the sun, I gain the ability to fly. My life is complete!

What do YOU hope will happen as a result of the lunar eclipse? Leave your wishes/predictions in the Comments!

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

Interviews by Gerri Miller
Image courtesy Disney XD

April 10, 2014

Recycle Your Old Clothes

Posted by at 1:29 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!Fashionistas can help save the planet.

This year for Earth Day, the clothing store H&M is pledging to make a difference by giving your old clothes a new life. You can bring unwanted clothes of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores, and they will recycle them. Last year for Earth Day, I gave you some tips for how to reduce, reuse, and recycle the everyday stuff you would normally throw away. This is a perfect way to keep that going, so read on! Continue reading

April 2, 2014

The Finisher Sneak Peek

Posted by at 1:09 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

The Finisher book coverThe Finisher (for ages 10-14) by David Baldacci

You know when you read the first sentence of a book, and you just KNOW it’s going to be good? I recently had that experience with a new book called The Finisher by David Baldacci. It’s a fantasy that takes place in a world where things are very wrong, and one girl must think fast and defy the odds to do what’s right.

Here is the first sentence that hooked me . . .

I was dozing when I heard the scream.

Don’t you want to find out what happens? You can . . . a little bit. Read a sneak peek of the first 2 chapters.

Let me know what you think in the Comments. Are you going to keep reading this book?

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

April 1, 2014

April Fools’ Day Joke from EarlyFairy3

Posted by at 2:55 am in News | Permalink

EarlyFairy3 profile pictureHappy April Fools’ Day!

There are so many mischievous pranks and silly jokes you can play on people. We have one today that is especially well-suited for younger brothers or sisters. EarlyFairy3 posted this April Fools’ joke to drive them absolutely crazy today. Here’s how it goes:

You say, “Pete and Repete were in a boat. Pete fell off. Who is left?”

Your younger brother says, “Repeat.”

You roll your eyes and say, “OK. Pay attention this time. Pete and Repete were in a boat, and Pete fell off. Who is left?”

Your younger brother says in an annoyed, loud voice, “Repeat!”

and it keeps continuing . . .

Don’t you love April Fools’ Day? Here are some more April Fools’ prank ideas.

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