Category Archives: News

May 4, 2015

Star Wars Day

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Hi!May 4 Is Star Wars Day! 

To celebrate, go play the Jedi Trainer Game!

I don’t know why May 4th is Star Wars Day. It seems like such a random date. Nevertheless, I speak for Yoda and all the Jedi knights when I say, “May the 4th be with you!”

Star Wars Heroes book cover

What do YOU think Yoda is saying on this book cover? Leave your caption in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

March 25, 2015

One Direction Goes In Two Directions

Zayn MalikZayn Is Leaving One Direction!

It’s true. THIS IS NOT A JOKE! After five years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece group in the forthcoming concerts of their world tour, and will record their fifth album, due to be released later this year, without Zayn.

On the official One Direction Family website, Zayn says:

“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”

One Direction says:Jennette McCurdy Zayn Malik

“We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”

You know you’re a Directioner when . . . you wish this was just a bad dream. I remember when I was first introduced to Zayn (not in real life, but you know what I mean!) when I read this crazy, hilarious interview. And remember this One Direction trivia quiz? And who could forget when Sam abducted him on iCarly? Oh, the memories!

What are your best Zayn memories? Leave your tributes in the Comments. We will miss you, Zayn! *sniff*

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Zayn Malik photo courtesy of Sony Pictures, iCarly photo courtesy of Nickelodeon

 

February 2, 2015

2015 Newbery Winner

Posted by at 10:03 am in News, Reads | Permalink

Newbery2015 Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (who also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux).

This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2015 Newbery Medal goes to . . .The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Have you read The Crossover yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2014? Two Honor books were also chosen this year: El Deafo by Cece Bell, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

If you were on the committee voting for the 2015 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2014 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

January 15, 2015

White House Interview

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Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsMy Day at the White House by Scholastic News Kid Reporter Ainsley Felter

I recently got the chance to cover a conference at the White House for school superintendents. The event focused on an initiative called “ConnectED to the Future,” a plan to increase access to high-speed Internet in schools around the country.

This was my first assignment as a Scholastic News Kid Reporter so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I also wasn’t sure whether or not President Barack Obama would be there. The night before the event, I prepared my questions and had everything ready to go for my trip from Virginia to Washington, D.C. Continue reading

October 11, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by at 1:51 am in Kid Power, News | Permalink

Make a difference!2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

The Nobel Peace prize is a very important award given to particular people anywhere in the world who have worked to promote peace and understanding among nations. The prize is a HUGE honor and it is worth over $1 million! In the past, the prize has gone to famous presidents like Americans Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and South Africans F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. Organizations can win the award, too. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won for its work to help the environment. And Doctors Without Borders won for its work to take care of sick people around the world.

The 2014 award was announced this week. It is being given to two people and one is a 17-year-old girl! She is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient ever. Talk about Kid Power! Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are the winners this year for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights activist. He campaigns to help poor children who are forced to work as slaves in factories, to get them out of the factories and into school. Believe it or not, there are children who have to leave their parents to go work all day long in faraway factories. They never even have the chance to learn how to read much less borrow a book from a beautiful library. According to the Bachpan Bachao Andolan website (“Save the Childhood Movement” in English), Satyarthi has set up schools and rescued thousands of children out of this slavery.

Malala has also campaigned to help all children go to school. You may have heard of her since she was in the news a lot a couple of years ago. She was writing a blog about living under the Taliban in Pakistan, especially how they didn’t want girls to go to school. Malala went to school anyway and continued speaking out against the Taliban. The Taliban actually tried to kill her, but she survived and continues to speak out for girls’ right to go to school and get an education. How brave!

So you see it doesn’t matter how young you are. YOU can change the world! Leave a Comment and let us know how you’re inspired to make a difference!

 

July 3, 2014

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

Posted by at 1:23 am in Kid Power, News | Permalink

Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsApply 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.

Good luck!!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 1, 2014

World Cup Soccer Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:17 am in News, Summer, Who Would Win | Permalink

Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

I am completely obsessed with the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil. There are so many amazing teams playing that I don’t want to miss a single game! While you might not actually see both of these competitors in Brazil, what do you think of today’s match-up? Team Kitten vs. Arjen Robben from Team Holland!

Kitten vs. Arjen RobbenAre you loving the World Cup this year, or do you love kittens more? Which team do you support, and who will be the 2014 champions? Leave your World Cup predictions in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.com Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Kitten photo credit plizzba. Arjen Robben photo credit Global Panorama.

June 30, 2014

Please Join the Readathon

Posted by at 1:51 am in Live Chats, News, Reads | Permalink

Readathon Today!

Gather all your books and snacks, and prepare for a live 4-hour reading marathon starting Monday, June 30 at 12 noon ET.

Your goal for the Readathon is to read for 4 straight hours, but don’t worry. STACKS Staffer En-Szu and I will be there to cheer you on with hourly challenges and inspiration to keep you going. Plus, you will meet other STACKers who love books, and make some new summer reading buddies!

  • When: Monday, June 30 at 12 noon ET until 4 p.m. ET
  • Where: Reading Buzz Board
  • How: Sign in to the Reading Buzz Board with your STACKS screen name and password. If you don’t have one, then you can create one here. click “Register” and follow the instructions.

This Readathon is now over but you can read the recap here! 

Click here for details about the July Readathon.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

June 17, 2014

World Cup Soccer Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:22 am in News, Summer, Trivia | Permalink

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014!

What’s the most popular sport in the world? Coming in as the most-watched, most-played in over 200 countries by over 3 billion people . . . soccer! In the streets, in backyards, schools and stadiums, all you need is a ball to get this game going.

As you may know, the World Cup is taking place now through July 13. Out of 209 countries with national teams, the top 32 teams qualified to compete for the title of World Cup champion. All month long, these 32 teams will play matches against each other until there is only 1 victorious team left. Who will it be in 2014?FIFA World Cup 2014 groups

The first World Cup was in 1930, and is held every 4 years. Like the Olympics, it alternates host countries and this year it is in Brazil. How much do you know about soccer and the World Cup? Compete in our Tuesday Trivia Quiz below:

  1. Which country is the reigning World Cup champion from 2010?
  2. Which country has won the most World Cups?
  3. In every country in the world except for the United States, what is the sport of “soccer” called?
  4. Name the Brazilian player who was named World Player of the Century and is considered to be the greatest player of all time. He won 3 World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
  5. TRUE or FALSE. If you win the World Cup, you have to give it back at the end of your country’s reign.
  6. TRUE or FALSE. Most American soccer players stay in the U.S.A. instead of going abroad to play pro soccer.
  7. Lionel Messi is currently considered to be the best soccer player in the world, challenging even the great Pele. What country is he from?
  8. Where will the next World Cup be held in 2018?

So kick off this quiz, and write down your best answers in the Comments below. Click here to check the score  . . . or to see how many you got right, that is!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

May 8, 2014

My Favorite Fictional Mother

Posted by at 1:26 am in Harry Potter, News | Permalink

Happy Mother's DayHappy Mother’s Day, Mrs. Weasley!

This Mother’s Day, in addition to all the wonderful women who have “mothered” me in my life, I would also like to send a tribute to my favorite fictional mother, Mrs. Molly Weasley.

Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

Quote by J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

Quote by J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Who could forget this infamous howler she sent Ron in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Who is your favorite fictional mother? Let us know in the Comments. And don’t forget to do something nice for your mother this weekend!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer