March 9, 2016
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Review
Out of the books I picked to be my favorite over time, the very best is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. I like these books the best because they are really funny, are an easy read, have entertaining artwork, and they relate to the real world and how you are feeling as a middle schooler sometimes.
The books are about a boy named Greg who has a troublesome older brother and an annoying little brother. They are funny because Greg gets blamed for everything his little brother, Manny, does. His older brother, Rodrick, gets in a lot of trouble, but the blame always ends up on Greg.
Those are some reasons why the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series are the books that I enjoy the most.
Leah, Scholastic Kids Council
March 2, 2016
Best Book Series
I don’t have just one book to recommend. I have several series for kids aged 8-12.
The first: the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, beginning with So You Want to Be a Wizard (for ages 10 and up). This series is about Nita and Kit, two friends who found copies of a book entitled So You Want to Be a Wizard and were brought together. They must learn to use their wizardry while battling to postpone the universe’s death.
The second: the Unwanteds series (for ages 8 and up) by Lisa McMann. These books tell the story of the land of Quill, where creativity is a crime, and those caught committing it are sentenced to death. But the sentence isn’t exactly what is seems.
The third: the Michael Vey series (for ages 12 and up) by Richard Paul Evans. A prototype imaging machine malfunctioned, and of the 59 people born in that hospital during its test period, only 17 survived. These children acquired electrical powers. A madman makes it his goal to use them to take over the world, and gets all of them except Michael Vey.
The fourth: the Blackwell Pages series (for ages 8 and up) by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr. This trilogy is about the descendants of the Norse gods and their battle to prevent the world from ending. It begins with Loki’s Wolves.
Julie, Scholastic Kids Council
March 1, 2016
Why Do Feet Stink?
There’s nothing worse than kicking off your shoes after a long day and grossing out your friends with a set of horrible smelling feet. It happens to everyone from time to time. First let’s find out WHY your feet smell. Then we’ll tell you what you can do about it.
The main cause of stinky feet is foot sweat. Although sweat is odorless, when the inside of your shoe becomes hot and moist, it creates the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that live on your feet (called Brevibacterium) to grow and multiply. This particular bacterium is the same kind that is found in extra-smelly cheeses like Limburger and Muenster.
Now that you know why your feet smell like stinky cheese, here are 3 things you can do about it.
- Hot, closed-toe shoes are like a bacteria sauna. Wearing comfortable, well-ventilated shoes will give your feet a chance to air out.
- Before you put your shoes on, always put on a pair of clean socks. If you like the no-sock look, try wearing ankle socks that aren’t visible above your shoe.
- For extra protection, sprinkle some baking soda or baby powder in your socks and shoes to help absorb the odor.
With a little knowledge and prep work, you will never worry about taking your shoes off again. PS. Pass this article along to anyone you think could use a little help with his or her stinky feet.
“Tingling tip toes” Flickr photo by Alex Holzknecht
February 25, 2016
Five Ways for Girls to Add Style to Your Outfit
Want to spice up your wardrobe? Here are some very easy fashion tips to turn you into a standout style diva.
If you’re not going to the Academy Awards, let’s start with a basic blue jean and a white tee shirt. Then, pick one or two of these ideas to add to your outfit. Note: You probably shouldn’t add too many of them or you’ll end up looking like a music video from the 80s! Gasp!
Turquoise and gold jewelry always looks great with a white tee shirt. Slip on a turquoise ring or some dangling earrings. Or, go for a long necklace with a large pendant.
The easiest way to work bright colors into your ensemble is by stepping into a colored shoe. Sandals or ballet flats in red, green, or blue will really kick your jeans up a notch.
A perfect way to add dimension to your outfit is to throw on another layer. For the spring and summer months, try a striped cardigan or a scarf. If it’s chilly out, throw on a fuzzy sweater over your tee.
Roll with it!
If you’re bored of your jeans, roll them up and pair them with a trendy sweatshirt and some cool sneakers – try finding sneakers with a cool pattern to add some flair.
Top it off!
Dress up your jeans and tee with a stylish hairdo. An unexpected place to find pretty hair clips is the grocery store. Put on a classic headband or be daring and try a headband/pony tail combination.
What’s your fashion style? How do you add style to YOUR outfits? Tell us your fashion tips in the Comments.
February 24, 2016
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I really like stories with interesting characters who go through a real journey, especially ones that have to find courage to face a challenge. I enjoy books with action and adventure like Harry Potter. I also like stories with strong and smart girl characters like Divergent and Fairest (for ages 12 and up). But I also enjoy reading stories that have been told for a long time.
For as long as I can remember, I have grown up hearing about A Christmas Carol. I always loved the story but I never understood its true meaning until I read the book.
A Christmas Carol is about a grumpy, old man named Scrooge, who is cold to the bone and doesn’t care about anyone or anything besides money. He is a cheapskate who doesn’t even pay for electricity in his own home. But the thing Scrooge hates the most is the Christmas spirit. He doesn’t give money to the poor or take the invitation from his nephew to a nice Christmas party. Instead he chooses to work, get money, scare off some Christmas carolers, and lecture his poor apprentice about the unfairness of having to pay him on Christmas Day for not doing any work.
His mood changes, though, when he sees the ghost of his dead friend, Marley. Marley tells Scrooge of three ghosts that will come to help him change his ways. Scrooge is then taken on three journeys by the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. As Scrooge goes through each journey, you see him change and become more sentimental and loving. You see him change from a miserable person to a person who learns and becomes better. By going through this experience with the ghosts, Scrooge is given a second chance to change his future.
I would recommend this book because it has a great moral. It teaches us all important lessons and allows us to see the world in a different light. Another reason I would recommend this book is that Dickens has a very poetic and beautiful way of writing. It can be very playful in one moment, and be very serious or heartfelt in the next. The way he writes hooks me in and entices me to read more. If you enjoy heart-touching stories with an amazing moral, I would definitely suggest A Christmas Carol.
Cynthia, Scholastic Kids Council
February 11, 2016
Epic Locker Decoration Ideas
For those of you who have a locker at school, do you decorate it? With what? Share your ideas here! Target had a really cute locker disco ball. I was tempted to buy it. Then I remembered I don’t have a locker!
Read other kids’ ideas in the Crafts/DIY Message Board and then tell us how YOUR locker is decorated!
Moderator Katie, Crafts/DIY Message Board
Locker photo courtesy The Container Store
February 10, 2016
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Have you ever heard stories where mythical creatures help the hero save the day? Well, the creatures at Fablehaven aren’t that nice. Fablehaven is a preserve for magical creatures, but dangerous creatures that are on the brink of extinction. The creatures usually stay in their territories, but on the equinox and solstice, the creatures run wild through Fablehaven. The caretakers, Stan Sorenson and his wife, Ruth, can usually defend themselves, but as Midsummer’s Eve nears (a.k.a. the summer solstice), Stan and Ruth’s grandchildren stay with them. Kendra and Seth have no clue when they arrive at their grandparents’ house that it is a magical preserve. Piece by piece, as Midsummer’s Eve draws near, Seth and Kendra learn more about Fablehaven and its secrets.
On Midsummer’s Eve, Kendra and Seth are instructed by Stan to go to bed immediately at sundown, and NEVER, under ANY circumstances, open the window. But of course, that rule gets broken. And bad things happen. Very bad things happen.
I think that Fablehaven is a really good book series and all of you should read it. It is a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you want to read the other four books in the series. Happy reading!
Alex, Scholastic Kids Council
January 14, 2016
Kids Collect Jeans for Teens!
Over 1.5 million teens and children are homeless. One of the items they need most is a pair of jeans. YOU can make a difference by helping to clothe homeless youth.
Teens for Jeans is a campaign to help get YOU involved!
- WHAT: Jeans. Check your closet for jeans that don’t fit you anymore. Run a drive at your school, place of worship, or local community center to collect as many pairs of jeans as you can!
- WHERE: Drop off all pairs at your local Aéropostale or P.S. from Aéropostale clothing store.
- WHEN: Now through February 10th, 2016
Make a difference! This winter YOU can help collect jeans for kids and teens who really need them!
—Amanda, STACKS Intern
December 3, 2015
DIY Room Decor Ideas
Check out these crafty ideas from HeartRed144!
1. Jewelry Holder: Take a picture frame without the glass part and spray paint or paint it any color you want. Then take some nails and hammer them onto the frame. Make sure you have an adult supervision if you need help. Hang up your jewelry hanger and hang your necklaces and bracelets on the nails.
2. Canvas: Take a plain canvas and different colored paint to your work station. Use some masking tape to spell out your name or any word. Take a Sharpie pen and outline the letters. Next, paint the canvas however you want. It’s OK if some paint gets on the masking tape. After the paint dries, remove the masking tape, and then paint or color in the letters. Hang it up and your room is colorful!!
3. Pencil/Utensil Holder: Take a tin can and peel off the label. Next, spray paint or paint it with any color you want. After the paint dries, take an index card and write a label like “Pencils or Pens” on the blank space of the card. Tape or glue the card to the can. Glue some cute decorations (ribbon, stickers, googly eyes, etc.) to the painted can and place it on your desk. Put your writing utensils inside the tin cans!! How lovely, right?
I really hope these DIYs are very helpful because I tried all of them and they are superbly GREAT!!! Remember to decorate them however you want because it will be your very own design! Please comment down below letting me know which onw of these DIYs are your fsvorite! I personally love them ALL because I love doing arts and carfts! They are very fun to make and super easy!
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November 26, 2015
Welcome Julie to the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council!
I’d like to introduce you to Julie who will be one of the special contributors to the STACKS this year.
Look for more to come from Julie this year!