Category Archives: About Us

June 6, 2013

Fashion Poll

Posted by at 11:00 am in About Us | Permalink

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!

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 15, 2009

STACKS Scavenger Hunt Answers

Posted by at 6:29 am in About Us, Trivia | Permalink

Trivia_tuesday Last week I posted this Scavenger Hunt to see how well you know the STACKS.

The first person to comment with all the correct answers was AndysLibrary. Nice job! How did you do? Were you able to find all the answers?

  1. College Pizza Delivery is a game about a pizza parlor located on what street?
    Answer: Main Street. Play the game now.
  2. Which beloved illustrator created “A Pancake Love Story” with input from a live audience?
    Answer: Jim Benton. Watch the video. It is pretty funny!
  3. Fill in the blank: You, your friends, your _____!
    Answer: Reads! You’ll find this written all over the STACKS website.
  4. Which profile widget will help you be a better wordsmith?
    Answer: Word of the Day. Log in and add this Profile Widget to your Stack.
  5. What is the name of the new Goosebumps app that lets you monster-fy your photo?
    Answer: Goosebumps PhotoShock.
  6. Which lycanthropic actor was interviewed recently for Ink Splot 26?
    Answer: Taylor Lautner. Read the entire New Moon interview.
  7. How many different neckwear option are there for your STACKS avatar?
    Answer: Nine. Log in to your Profile to give your avatar some new accessories.

Thanks for playing. Hope you had fun! You guys are STACKS superstars!!

— Nick, STACKS Staffer

December 8, 2009

STACKS Scavenger Hunt

Posted by at 9:53 am in About Us, Trivia | Permalink

Trivia_tuesday How well do you know the STACKS?

Let’s find out, shall we? All answers can be found somewhere on the STACKS website.

The first person to comment with the correct answers wins a big round of applause from all the STACKS staffers!

  1. College Pizza Delivery is a game about a pizza parlor located on what street? (Hint: Head on over to Puzzle Games to order your pizza.)
  2. Which beloved illustrator created “A Pancake Love Story” with input from a live audience? (Hint: You can find the answer in our Video Hub. We think this video is pretty funny stuff!)
  3. Fill in the blank: You, your friends, your _____! (Hint: You’ll find this written all over the STACKS website!)
  4. Which profile widget will help you be a better wordsmith? (Hint: Log in to check out all the Profile Widgets and add some to your Stack.)
  5. What is the name of the new Goosebumps app that lets you monster-fy your photo? (Hint: The answer you seek can be found in the Video Hub.)
  6. Which lycanthropic actor was interviewed recently for Ink Splot 26? (Hint: He’s in a very very popular movie based on a book by Stephenie Meyer. Look for the answer in Ink Splot 26 Book to Big Screen category.)
  7. How many different neckwear option are there for your STACKS avatar? (Hint: Log in to your Profile to create your avatar.)

Good luck!

— Nick, STACKS Staffer

November 26, 2009

Favorite Thanksgiving Foods

Posted by at 10:34 am in About Us | Permalink

Pie Consume, inhale, gobble, wolf, chomp, devour, gorge, dine, munch. . . the list of words to describe eating goes on and on. And Thanksgiving is here, so get ready to salivate because I’m about to reveal my favorite Thanksgiving foods.

(Warning: Do not read this on an empty stomach.)

Food #1: Honey Butter Rolls
I can just smell the aroma now; that buttery scent sifting through the kitchen initiates the urge to start the feast otherwise known as the “Yum Yum” fest at my house.

Food #2: Herb-Infused Turkey
Ever since moving to New York, I haven’t been able to make it home for Thanksgiving as much as I’d like to, which I must say completely stinks. Besides not being able to see my family, I also miss my mom’s famous Thanksgiving Day turkey. Rather than just throwing some salt and pepper on the turkey and sticking it in the oven for four hours, my mom’s method combines innovation and culinary excellence. She infuses her own mix of juices and herbs into the turkey with this really cool turkey injector. This result is a delectable moist and juicy turkey. Plus she leaves the skin on, which is irresistible!

Food #3: Fruit Compote
While most people have the traditional cranberry sauce with their dinners, my family puts our own twist on the conventional dish. In addition to fresh cranberries, our side dish also includes baked apricots, roasted pecans, and caramelized pears. I’m guessing one tablespoon is probably around five hundred calories, but oh well.

Food #4: Dessert!
Honestly, does it really matter what kind of dessert it is? Though my family isn’t a huge fan of pie, we certainly make up for it with chocolate chip cookies, an apple crisp, boxes of chocolates, and homemade biscotti.

After all those delicious foods, I’m really surprised we can even get out of our chairs without toppling over! And what’s even more shocking is the fact that the next day, we eat leftovers!

Needless to say, Thanksgiving rocks! Have a happy holiday.

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer