February 28, 2013
NEW Harry Potter Illustrator Kazu Kibuishi
Meet Kazu Kibuishi, the illustrator of the new Harry Potter book covers coming out in September 2013. If you have read his Amulet series, then you know he is an awesome artist. If you have never heard of him before, you might be worried about his credentials. Is he worthy of the epic task of illustrating the book covers to the ultimate series of all time??
Click here to see the first new Harry Potter cover.
I had the chance to interview him a few years ago and he is so, so nice! For those Harry Potter fans who are worried about the new Harry Potter covers, I can assure you we are in good hands with this illustrator!
Watch my interview with him where he talks about being an artist.
And this interview where he shows us his real live, actual sketchbook!
He seems super-cool, right? Leave a Comment to tell us what you think of the new Harry Potter covers!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
February 19, 2013
Beyond the Book Author Trivia Quiz Answers!
Last week we posted a super-exclusive Author Trivia Quiz with . . .
From their biggest phobias to favorite books – we got the scoop. How many did you guess correctly? Answers are below!
February 12, 2013
Beyond the Book Author Trivia Quiz!
We nabbed some amazing authors for this week’s Trivia Tuesday. We’re talking . . .
How well do you know these authors? Can you guess the answers to this Author Trivia Quiz? All the answers will be one of the authors above. Ready? GO!
December 4, 2012
Who Said It? Author Trivia Quiz
I hope you enjoyed last week's Author Trivia Quiz. Did you guess which authors said these quotes? Read on for the answers.
November 27, 2012
Who Said It? Author Trivia Quiz
I know you guys love your authors, and many of you will probably grow up to be authors. But when they are not writing books, what do authors say in real life? You know your favorite books inside out and backwards, but can you guess which authors said these quotes?
Answer choices are E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series, and Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Match each author with the correct quote below.
October 12, 2012
J.K. Rowling Webcast: Beyond the Page
Thursday, October 11, 2012. It’s noon at the STACKS office. STACKS Staffer Karen is proudly wearing her Hufflepuff pin, and we have cupcakes because this is a party! Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling will be speaking live from Scotland, and I am hoping, hoping, hoping that she will talk about what book she is writing next.
September 24, 2012
Happy Birthday, Clifford!
He’s big, he’s red, and he’s oh, so loveable! It’s Clifford, of course. Clifford the Big Red Dog is just as much a part of our childhoods as balloons and ice cream sundaes. Whether you grew up reading the books or watching the TV show, it’s hard not to smile when you think about Clifford. This year, Clifford’s celebrating a very BIG milestone, his 50th birthday! 50 years ago Norman Bridwell painted a picture of a little girl and her big red dog. Little did he know at the time that it would spawn one of the most beloved children’s literary characters of all time!
While Clifford’s birthday is in February, he’s kicking off a birthday party this week that lasts all school-year long! And you know what Clifford wants more than anything for his birthday? A birthday card from YOU! Send Clifford a birthday card and share your personal birthday greetings!
We want to hear from you! Tell us your fondest memories of Clifford in the Comments below!
—Amabel, Scholastic Media
July 29, 2012
Today’s post is written by Donna Freitas, author of Gold Medal Summer.
In Gold Medal Summer, Joey Jordan’s best events are Beam and Floor. In order to fulfill her dream of winning gold, Joey has to find routines on both events that play to her strengths, not just what her coach values, and that means valuing artistry over tumbling, at times.
April 11, 2012
Dogs of the Drowned City, Book #1: The Storm . . . a blog post brought to you by the author Dayna Lorentz!
Writing from the dog's point of view was not that strange for me. Growing up, my family would often speak from the point of view of our dogs—"Benny, what do you think of dinner?" "Dinner?! I would love some dinner, thank you." This habit persists with my own pets, Kerry and Peter the dogs, and Oscar the cat.
Even though it felt natural to think from a dog's point of view, once I started outlining what would become Dogs of the Drowned City, I wanted to really get into the head of my main character, Shep the German shepherd.
December 28, 2011
Drawing From Memory by Allen Say
Have you ever wondered how people become artists? How they decide their paths? Who helps them; who hurts them? Award-winning children's book illustrator Allen Say knew from a very young age that when he was drawing, he was happy.
Growing up in Japan during World War II wasn't easy. To make matters worse, Allen's parents divorced, and no one in his family wanted him to be an artist. But all that Allen wanted was to be an artist. He spent as much time as he could drawing things he saw, things he imagined, and drawing other people's drawings.
When Allen was just about 13, he read a curious story in the newspaper. A boy, only 3 years older than Allen, had walked 350 miles to Tokyo to ask for a cartoonist job at a local newspaper. Noro Shinpei, the most famous cartoonist in Japan (and Allen's favorite), was so impressed that he made the young man his student. After reading that article, all Allen could think of was whether Shinpei would take him on as a student. Allen had to find out. Shinpei's answer could decide Allen's future as an artist – the only future he had ever wanted.
Read this autobiography to find out Allen Say's path to becoming the world-famous artist he is today.
–Emily, Scholastic Booktalker