September 18, 2014
Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends
Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!
Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!
Question for the Author: Out of the 25 characters featured in Hello Kitty Crochet, do you have a favorite?
Mei Li Lee: If I could choose two, I would say Hangyodon and Badtz Maru. Hangyodon because I’ve always been fascinated with the character as a child. It always reminded me of a cuter version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As for Badtz Maru, I was really happy with the way he turned out! Some of the Sanrio amigurumi took me a few tries but with Badtz, I had the pattern locked down right away. He was such a joy to make.
What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
September 17, 2014
A Couple (or More) of My Favorite Things: A Highly Persuasive Article by Maggie B.
I love reading. I also love drawing. This makes graphic novels a combination of two favorites of mine. They are books, but the artwork within ensures that by reading any graphic novel, you are seeing the exact story an author imagined. Every character and event (fictional or otherwise) is portrayed in a way the graphic novelist wanted to show it to you.
Furthermore, art and words cannot always represent everything their creator wants them to. As a duo, however, they are unstoppable! One can give the general idea while the other elaborates, or both words and pictures can work together to become something they couldn’t be on their own, working in tandem to give an idea as well as the meaning behind it.
Most importantly, reading a graphic novel is lots of fun! I can be a reader and a viewer, given a window into someone’s mind. Graphic novels are different from any other type of book because there is a perfect graphic novel for everyone. There are graphic novel biographies, fantasies, romances, science fiction stories, and almost anything else you could think of. There may even be a graphic novel adaptation of your favorite book!
I think everyone should try reading a graphic novel; you might fall in love with them like I did.
Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council
September 4, 2014
I’d like to introduce you to 10 kids who will be special contributors to the STACKS this year. Please welcome the 2014-15 Scholastic Kids Council!
Look for more to come from these kids this year!
August 15, 2014
This blog post is sponsored by The Art of Duck Tape®
Did you know that duct tape was used in World War II to repair trucks and was even used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge? Now the heavy-duty fabric tape has gone from a fix-all to a creative medium for some seriously cool crafts.
If you’re looking for a fun, new project and some cool ideas, check out these crafts!
Do you have your own idea for a Duck Tape® craft? Share it in the Comments below!
August 11, 2014
Writing Prompt: Fight for Your Reader Rights!
Reading is one of your passions. You could get lost in a good book for hours, or finish a series within days. You are a bona-fide, certified, qualified READER. But sometimes you run into problems . . . like the library is not open on Sundays in the summer . . . or it’s always too noisy with siblings running around your house. Well, we are writing a Reader’s Bill of Rights, so now’s your chance to state your demands to make it easier for you to be a reader.
- Article 1: Quiet time
- Article 2: Free access to any library in the world
- Article 3: Libraries open on Sundays
What rights do you think readers should have? Tell us your list of rights in the Comments below, and we will create a complete STACKS Reader’s Bill of Rights for you.
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
July 3, 2014
Apply to be a Scholastic News Kid Reporter!
I’ve said before how lucky the Scholastic News Kid Reporters are. The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie premiere? On the set at the Percy Jackson movie? Yeah, they were there.
Well, now is your chance to apply to join. I’m too old or I would totally apply, but I would be such a proud Mother Hen if one of our loyal STACKS readers is chosen! Then I could tell the world on Ink Splot 26 all the amazing things YOU are doing as a member of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.
What is the Kids Press Corps?
It is a group of kid reporters nationwide who are selected by Scholastic to blog about their interests and report about the news that kids care about. They are real news reporters who go to live events to get the scoop and then write their stories. Some of their assignments include:
- Interviews with popular authors
- Book reviews
- Red carpet premieres
- Behind-the-scenes reports
- Interviews with politicians, actors, musicians and artists
Just so you know, it’s not all glitterati and parties. There is a lot of work involved, too. But if you have good writing and interviewing skills, this could be the job for you.
How to apply? Kids aged 10-14 are eligible for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline to apply is September 26, 2014, but you have to send a few writing samples so don’t wait until the last minute! All the application details can be found here.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
May 15, 2014
Gossip Can Hurt People!
Before you speak, ask yourself: Is what you are about to say True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then it’s gossip and you should think twice about saying it! We all know that gossip can hurt, but one STACKer decided to take a stand against it and I applaud her Kid Power! Read PhoenixSong’s message board post about gossip and then tell us your thoughts about gossip in the Comments.
I know everyone doesn’t like to hear it, but I just felt the need to address this real quick . . . so here goes. . .
Just for second, think about how much time you spend a day gossiping. And don’t start saying, “Oh, I never gossip,” because that’s most likely not true. Okay, now take that rough estimate, and split into two: the good gossip (saying good things about someone) and the bad gossip (saying mean things about someone). The good gossip number is probably way lower than the bad gossip.
Okay, so I’ll admit, I do gossip a lot too, and it’s not always good. Although, I do sometimes try to stay out of it and not get involved. For example, yesterday I was at the mall with a bunch of friends. We went to the food court, and they all started talking bad about another girl that wasn’t there. I asked them to stop, but they just started talking about someone else. So I just sorta stayed out of it, and that was that.
As we all know, gossip usually is not right. A lot of the time if the people find out, you’ll have really hurt them. Also, sometimes gossip can get exaggerated, which can lead to rumors, which don’t turn out good.
So next time you talk to your friends or really anyone, just watch what you say and who’s around to hear it. Thanks to anyone who actually took the time to read this.
April 18, 2014
How celebrities observe Earth Day
Earth Day is on its way! Are you ready? What are YOU doing for Earth Day on April 22? We asked Disney stars like Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt, and a bunch of others what they did last Earth Day (and every day) to stay green. You might be inspired! Continue reading
April 10, 2014
Fashionistas can help save the planet.
This year for Earth Day, the clothing store H&M is pledging to make a difference by giving your old clothes a new life. You can bring unwanted clothes of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores, and they will recycle them. Last year for Earth Day, I gave you some tips for how to reduce, reuse, and recycle the everyday stuff you would normally throw away. This is a perfect way to keep that going, so read on! Continue reading
March 27, 2014
50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out
If you’re new to the STACKS, you might not know about shout-outs. Basically, once you are logged in to your STACKS account, you can go to anyone’s STACKS Profile and send him or her a kind message. That person is usually so happy to get your message that he or she then sends YOU a shout-out, and a beautiful chain of love is started! We add new ones every month so the chain can continue forever.
If you need more motivation, ForeverElephant put together this amazing list of reasons to send a shout-out. Continue reading