February 25, 2016
5 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!
If you have any questions, let me know by replying to this topic idea! And join the Crafts & DIY Message Board for more craft ideas!
Friend me as well! I will be very happy if you do!!!!!!!! Bye, friends and people!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
November 26, 2015
Welcome Leah to the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council!
My name is Leah and I am a 7th grader in New Jersey. I put my collage on a boogie board to represent how I love to go boogie boarding at the beach with my cousins. I have a basketball, a soccer ball, rollerblades, and a hockey stick on my collage because these are three of the sports I really love. I also have Stephen Curry, my favorite basketball player.
Beyond sports, I love to draw, hang out with my friends, and play with my stuffed animals. I have a Minion because when I went to Universal Studios in Florida over the summer, I got to ride the Minion ride, which was my favorite. I have pictures of Sponge Bob and Stitch because they are two of my favorite characters. Lastly, I have Snowball, my hamster, because I love to play with her, and I also love animals.
Leah, Scholastic Kids Council
November 26, 2015
Welcome Cynthia to the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council!
I am Cynthia, a girl that has a wonderful family. The first picture I’m going to tell you about is the one of my family and me at Cape Cod, a place we spend a lot of time. There is also another picture of my brother, Bobby and me when we were on a boat heading back from Nantucket Island. The last picture at the Cape is the picture of my cousin, Rose, me, and my brother when we climbed up the lifeguard chair after they left which we do all the time. Speaking of cousins, in the next picture I’m going to talk about, there are all of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family (Rose in on my mom’s side).
But my family doesn’t just consist of people. I have four animals including three cats named KC, Lady, and Snowflake. KC is my shy, little, gray kitty that goes into hiding every time someone comes over. Then there is Lady, my snuggle buddy. Every time I wake up in the morning, she is on my bed. But don’t be too quick to judge because Lady could rip you to shreds if she wanted to. After that comes my dear little Hurricane Sandy cat, Snowflake. She lived under our house for about a week before we got her to come inside. Every chance she gets, she runs outside again so she can eat grass. And last, but not least, Sadie, the friendliest dog you will ever meet. Since she is a middle-sized, crazy, black lab, most people think she’s going to kill them but all she wants to do is drown you in kisses.
I have a picture of a violin and a bass, and I also play the piano and drums, but I also like to read. The book I’m reading right now is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (for ages 12 and up). Although I like music and reading a lot, my absolute favorite thing to do is draw. As you can see, I drew a picture of two anime characters from a show I watched called Hakouki.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me.
Cynthia, Scholastic Kids Council
November 26, 2015
Hi! My name is Alex, and I was one of the lucky ones chosen for the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council! I made a display about things that represent me and here is why I chose some of those items.
I made everything around the boogie board because every summer, my family rents a beach house. I spend a lot of time in the ocean boogie boarding and surfing. I get to spend a lot of time with my family and I really enjoy it. I am a big baseball player and fan, so I put my baseball glove, bat, and trophy in the display. I also enjoy skateboarding, and I do that a lot in my free time with my friends and my older brother.
I absolutely LOVE Star Wars and LEGOs. I think Star Wars LEGOs are amazing! This is one of my favorite ships I have built so far. I included my saxophone and my headphones because I love music. I love to play saxophone, especially jazz and pop music. I also like listening to dubstep with my headphones while I play video games. I got the red bear for being on my school’s student council as Activity Director. I named it Juan Pablo. I love to read and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is one of my favorite books! I am looking forward to writing for the 2015-16 Scholastic Kid Council. Thanks for reading this!
Alex, Scholastic Kids Council