Category Archives: About Us

December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela

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mandela130“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Nelson Mandela

If you don’t know about the great South African president Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at age 95, you should read about him. He is my personal hero and a hero to many people around the world. Even President Obama loved him. “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” President Obama said on Thursday. “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.”

In 1964, when Mandela complained publicly about the system of racial prejudice (called apartheid) in South Africa, he was accused of trying to overthrow the government. He spent the next 27 years in prison. In 1990, he was released from prison, and in 1994, he became the country’s first black president ending apartheid forever.

Thank you, Nelson Mandela, for helping South Africa to rise, and for inspiring every person in the world to rise with you.

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Image credit Kadir Nelson from the book Nelson Mandela

July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Posted by at 1:55 am in About Us | Permalink

pres_130Happy Independence Day! On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress approved The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson. And that is why Americans have the day off and celebrate today as a holiday! Here’s an interesting American fact: 50 years later to the day, two of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died on the same day!

How will you celebrate the 4th? Are there fireworks in your future? Hope you have a great holiday!

June 6, 2013

Fashion Poll

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Trivia_quiz2Fashion Poll

We know some of you are HUGE fashionistas, so we want to know what fashion designers you’re into. Answer this poll below, and we will announce the winner on June 13!

UPDATE: The poll is now closed, but the winner of the Fashion Poll was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen! For more polls, go to Poll Mania!

January 10, 2013

Ink Splot’s Top 10 of 2012

Posted by at 12:12 am in About Us, Celebrities | Permalink

TOP10Ink Splot’s Top 10 of 2012

2012 was a great year that introduced the Goosebumps 20th anniversary, a new Wimpy Kid book and movie, and of course, One Direction (YAY!!). Ink Splot 26 was there to cover it all. Want to know what the most popular blog posts were last year? Read on for our Top 10 countdown of 2012. . .

No surprise that One Direction comes in at number 1 and 2 since they were voted the STACKS Person(s) of the Year. Are your favorites on this list? What do YOU think was the best Ink Splot 26 post of 2012? Leave a Comment to tell us your thoughts.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

June 13, 2011

June Top 3

Posted by at 1:50 am in About Us | Permalink

Stacks130x130_1 As the editor of THE STACKS, I get to plan all the fun stuff that appears on the site every day. So I want to tell you my top 3 things that you should definitely do this month. Also, if you haven't already signed up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter, you totally should. It gives you all the latest STACKS happenings and a new sweepstakes you can enter every month. Sign up now!

  • Reading Buzz Board Post messages about your favorite books, and meet other kids who like the same books as you!RANGO130x130
  • Rango Interview Rango, the famous funny lookin' lizard himself, will be giving a STACKS interview on July 5. Leave your questions in the Comments and maybe Rango will answer YOUR question!
  • Summer Camp Quiz Sporty, Artsy, Adventurous. . . What kind of summer camp is right for you?

Hope you have fun on THE STACKS! Leave a Comment and tell me what are your favorite things to do on THE STACKS.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

May 2, 2011

STACKS Top 3

Posted by at 2:55 am in About Us | Permalink

Stacks130x130_1 As the editor of THE STACKS, I get to plan all the fun stuff that appears on the site every day. So I want to tell you my top 3 things that you should definitely do this month. Also, if you haven't already signed up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter, you totally should. It gives you all the latest STACKS happenings and a new sweepstakes you can enter every month. Sign up now!

  • Poll Mania If you love to do polls, we've got a whole page with tons of different topics. AND you can submit your own poll questions. You might get featured on the daily STACKS homepage poll!
  • Clash of the Titles Two books face off and you get to choose the winner by voting for the book you think is the coolest. Your vote can help determine the top books of THE STACKS!
  • Harry Potter Interviews There is lots of new Harry Potter movie news and activities on the Ink Splot 26 blog. Don't miss it!

Hope you have fun on THE STACKS! Leave a Comment and tell me what are your favorite things to do on THE STACKS.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

June 8, 2010

STACKS Profile Scavenger Hunt Answers

Posted by at 7:11 am in About Us, Trivia | Permalink

Ink Splot 26Last week I posted a Scavenger Hunt trivia quiz sending you to the far reaches of . . . your Profile in THE STACKS. If you are a seasoned member, newbie, or just interested in learning more – check out the answers below. And if you're not already a STACKS member, what are you waiting for? Join now!

How many Avatar backgrounds have a flying pig in them?
(You can find them all in the Avatar Maker.)
A: Only one, but man is it worth it!

What is YOUR Avatar's mood today?

A: Mine is relaxed.

What was the Top Title in the Clash of the Titles widget "Books on Friendship" category?
(Check out the results of this week's Clash.)
A: Bridge to Terabithia

What's your favorite rule in the Allie Finkle's Rules Notebook widget?
(Vote for your favorite Rules of the Month.)
A: My personal favorite is "Stand up for what's right, even if you're standing alone," submitted by miss jay.

According to the Candy Apple Sweet or Sour Top 50 polls, what are the top 3 sweet items?
(You can see the Top 50 here.)
A: Puppy, a laptop & a waterpark. Sign me up for those!

PART 2: What are the bottom 3 sour items?

A: Dirty boots, wet floor, tomatoes. Like, ew!

What is the most popular eco-friendly STACKS signature?
(Check out all the STACKS signatures here.)
A: "Go Green. It's the new black."

Name your favorite STACKS Message Board.

A: Take your pick! Buzz Board, Save the Planet Board, The 39 Clues Board, Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls Board, Goosebumps Board, & Harry Potter Board. (You’ll never be bored with these!)

How many widgets are there on the "Add Widgets" page?
(Check out all the widgets.)
A: 26! But new ones get added all the time, so check back often!

And remember, only STACKS members can create a Profile, make an Avatar, post on the boards, enter contests, collect widgets and more! So. . . see you on the STACKS!

Chocolategal30 (aka Ratha, STACKS Writer)

June 1, 2010

STACKS Profile Scavenger Hunt

Posted by at 11:30 am in About Us, Trivia | Permalink

Ink Splot 26: TriviaAs most of you know, here at THE STACKS we have a whole section of personalized goodies called MY PROFILE. It's personalized for you because YOU create it and fuel it! It's a total online community for kids who love books. Plus it's safe because it’s moderated by the folks at scholastic.com.

You can create your own Avatar. Are you feeling funky, trendy, "green" or sporty? Well you can design your own look and change it at your whim. Pick your mood, hair style, accessories, crazy background, etc. Also, if you subscribe to THE STACKS Blast Newsletter, you get the Profile Spirit Week updates that tell you how to make your Avatar show your STACKS spirit!

Chat on the Message Boards and connect with tons of kids who are into the same stuff you are. My personal fave is The Baby-sitters Club Message Board. Kids talk about everything from the books, to their own lives and what they are going through, and they help each other and give great advice.

Think you know THE STACKS inside and out? Well, see how you do on this Scavenger Hunt Profile Quiz! Just zip around THE STACKS to dig up the answers. Remember, you have to sign in first to find most of these answers!

  1. How many Avatar backgrounds have a flying pig in them?
  2. What is YOUR Avatar's mood today?
  3. What is the Top Title in the Clash of the Titles widget "Books on Friendship" category?
  4. What's your favorite rule in the Allie Finkle's Rules Notebook widget?
  5. According to the Candy Apple Sweet or Sour widget results, what are the top 3 sweet items? PART 2: What are the bottom 3 sour items?
  6. What is the most popular eco-friendly STACKS signature? (Hint: STACKS signatures are for your Message Board posts.)
  7. Name your favorite STACKS Message Board.
  8. How many widgets are there on the "Add Widgets" page?

Let us know your answers in the Comments, and check back next week for the official word!
Until next week,

Chocolategal30 (aka Ratha, STACKS Writer)

March 11, 2010

Look Out, It’s a Book Flashback!

Posted by at 8:06 am in About Us | Permalink

Look Out, It's a Book Flashback! Ink Splot 26 Blog entry If you’re someone who reads a lot—like, a LOT—then it’s probably possible that you’ll read hundreds, if not thousands, of books by the time you’re an adult. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll forget most of the titles and authors that you’ve read, even if vague notions of the story itself still stick with you.

Veronicatheshowoff That’s what happened to me the other day when I found a copy of a familiar book sitting on my bookshelf at work: Veronica the Show-Off by Nancy K. Robinson. I was pretty sure I had read it growing up, but I was also convinced that I wouldn’t remember much about it. Only, it turns out I remembered almost all of it—specific scenes, catchphrases, characters, and even the ending. I couldn’t believe how I knew so much about this old book, even though I thought I had completely forgotten about it. It was a total Book Flashback Moment, or BFM for short!

Sixthgradecanreallykillyou Sixthgradesleepover So I got to thinking about other BFMs I’ve had. Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books, Barthe DeClements’ Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You, and Eve Bunting’s Sixth Grade Sleepover. Each of them is a book I must have read dozens of times, but somewhere in between sixth grade and adulthood, I flat-out forgot they existed.

I once knew a girl who wrote down the name and author of every single book she ever read, just for fun — sort of like her own compilation of mini-book reports. And after my Veronica the Show-Off BFM, I’m wondering, how do you all keep track of the books you read? Do you any of you write them down so you’ll never forget them?

And if you don’t keep track (like me!), are you prepared to have your own BFMs in the future?

— Morgan, Scholastic staffer

December 25, 2009

TBR Books (To Be Read)

Posted by at 8:26 am in About Us, Reads | Permalink

To_be_read Merry Christmas! Scholastic is closed today, obviously, but through the magic of computers, we can still bring you a blog post! The STACKS staffers are all at home today for Christmas vacation. So what do we do when we're not in the office working on the STACKS? We read of course! And since every reader has a TBR pile (a pile of books To Be Read in future when you have time), I asked the STACKS staffers what books they will be reading on their day (or days) off.

Carly M.

  • Catching Fire (for ages 12 and up). I can’t believe I still haven’t read this yet! I loved The Hunger Games, so one would only assume I would’ve run out to read the sequel. Well, before the end of 2009, I will finish Catching Fire.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2: The Sea of Monsters. I just finished reading The Lightning Thief and I loved it. I forgot how interesting Greek Mythology really is. I felt like I actually learned more about the Greek Gods in Riordan’s book than I did while reading the original myths. I can’t wait to find out who Percy encounters in The Sea of Monsters.
  • Eleventh Grade Burns. This is the fourth book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series by Heather Brewer. In my case, if I’ve made it through three books in a series, then it must mean I really like it. Plus, it’s one of the only teen vampire series that I know of that doesn’t focus on the romantic aspect of vampires.

Carly H.

  • I’m going to finally sit down and read Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman. It’s been sitting on my shelf since it came out and I’m dying to find out what happens to Ryan and Sarah. (Usually I read when I’m not at a computer, but for this book you need to be able to go online and watch the videos.)

Jack

  • My TBR book at the moment is Maximum Ride Book 5: Max (for ages 12 and up). I've been wanting to read it for a while, ever since the kids on the Hunger Games message board started recommending it and comparing it to other great books like Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games. Hopefully I'll be able to get to it over Christmas!

Karen: "I have about a gazillion books on my TBR pile, but over the Christmas holiday I’m going to focus on two series.They’ve both been on my TBR pile for years, and I finally read the first book in each series over my Thanksgiving vacation. The problem is, now I’m hooked on both series! Good thing my plane flight home for Christmas is 6 hours long!"

  • Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Morgan: "I have a HUGE TBR pile on two separate nightstands (er, and a pile on the floor next to my favorite bookshelf. And several unread works on my Kindle!). But there are specific books I’m saving for my time off over the holidays."

  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (for ages 12 and up). I inhaled it so quickly when it was released that now I plan to re-read it, slowly!
  • The Luxe series (for ages 12 and up) by Anna Godbersen. I’m in the middle of book 2, but book 3 is ready and waiting!

Nick

  • Becoming Naomi Leon. I love Pam Munoz Ryan’s books, and this is one of them that I haven’t read. I know, it’s one of the most popular of hers, but I just never picked it up. I have a copy of the book just waiting for me to open.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Demigod Files. I loved the Percy Jackson series, and I want to know more. I have always been really interested in Greek Mythology. It’s great to hear some of the old stories retold in a new way, and see the Greek gods as they might fit in modern society.
  • The Hunger Games and Catching Fire (for ages 12 and up) (again). I got this book for all of my friends and family, and everyone loved it! I read both books in such a rush to find out what happens, that I feel like I need a refresher. And we just announced that book #3 is coming out August 24th!! I can’t wait.

Ratha

  • Catching Fire (the second book in The Hunger Games series, for ages 12 and up). My friend promised to get this for me for Christmas – which is the ONLY reason I haven't devoured it yet like I did the first book!
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. One of my friends who is a big reader LOVED this book. The reviews look awesome, so I'm gonna check it out.
  • The Baby-sitters Club books. I used to love this series when I was a kid, and I think it might be time to break back into it. (Plus I love the Ann Martin message boards!)

Me

  • Zoobreak by Gordon Korman. I loved Swindle by Korman and this book looks just as fun.
  • The 39 Clues Book 6: In Too Deep by Jude Watson. Why have I not read this book yet?? There is no excuse.
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. This book is on a lot of people's best of 2009 lists, so I need to read it to see what all the fuss is about.

What about you? When the presents are opened, and you're stuffed with all the food you can eat, what books will you reach for? Let me know in the Comments.

All the STACKS staffers and I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy Winter Break full of lots of good books and plenty of time for reading!

image from kids.scholastic.com

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer