Category Archives: News

August 31, 2016

Scholastic Kids Press Corps Needs YOU

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Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsAre you a kid with a nose for news? Kids between the ages of 10 and 14 can apply NOW to be a part of the 2016-2017 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, the country’s oldest and largest student reporting program.

About the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps
The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is a group of talented young reporters from across the country. For more than 14 years, Scholastic News Kid Reporters have covered “news for kids, by kids.” Their stories appear online at the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website and in select issues of Scholastic classroom magazines, which reach more than 25 million students in classrooms nationwide. The Kid Reporters have made news by interviewing journalists, politicians, entertainers, authors, and sports stars.

The annual selection of Kid Reporters is based on writing ability, interviewing skills, and attention to detail.The application can be downloaded here.

Completed applications must be postmarked by September 23, 2016.

August 15, 2016

Back to School!

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BackToSchoolBack to School!

I know some kids get really sad when summer vacation is over and it’s time to go back to school, but I was never one of them. I LOVED back-to-school time! Who’s with me? Yay, school!!!! Woo hoo!! No? Um. . . . anyway. .  . Whether you are happy or sad, here are some activities to help you celebrate (or mourn) the first day of school.

Happy Back-to-School, everyone! Hope you have an excellent school year!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja

July 29, 2016

Muggle Mob

A Flash Mob in New York City Celebrates a New Harry Potter Story
by Adedayo Perkovich

In New York City, Harry Potter fans stopped traffic! More than 300 people streamed out of Scholastic’s headquarters onto Broadway, the street in front of the building. Scholastic employees and their children were part of a flash mob celebrating the July 31 publication of a new Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.

Watch the Muggle Mob video.

Scholastic is the United States publisher of the best-selling Harry Potter series by British author J.K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard named Harry Potter and his classmates at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The eighth Harry Potter story is a script book based on a play that’s opening in London, England, on July 30. The play is by Jack Thorne and is based on an original story by Rowling, Thorne, and John Tiffany.

SHARING THE MAGIC

I had no idea what to expect as I entered Scholastic in the morning. Scholastic editors and artists whispered excitedly as they flooded down the escalator. The only word I caught was “Muggle.” In the auditorium, we were each given a copy of one of the original books in the series and a paddle announcing the publication of The Cursed Child.

Billy DiMichele, vice president of creative development at Scholastic, said that we were about to become a “Muggle Mob.” We would celebrate the upcoming release of The Cursed Child by doing a giant read-aloud in the middle of Broadway.

“This means that [we] can continue to share the magic with new generations of children,” DiMichele said.

LUCKY READERS

Excitement continued to build as we rehearsed our movements and practiced reading aloud. Abram Chen, 10, said that he was thrilled “that there is going to be a new book to read.” Abram considers himself to be a Hufflepuff, his favorite house at Hogwarts.

As for editorial assistant Patrice Caldwell, she is “absolutely Slytherin,” she said. “It’s kind of cool to be here and imagine what it felt like when the first seven books came out,” Caldwell added. “This is a way to delve back into that world.”

After a few run-throughs, we calmly strolled outside with our paddles hidden inside our books, pretending to be tourists and typical passersby. Suddenly, music started playing and we rushed into our places in the middle of Broadway. (The street had been blocked off by the police for the event.) Then we read aloud from the Harry Potter books.

Our voices rose along with the music. Right on cue, we faced the Scholastic building and looked up. A giant, billowy banner began to drop, revealing the cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

We held up our paddles and cheered. Then we went into the crowd of observers and gave away copies of the original books to happy readers.

Lesley Little saw everything from the sidewalk. “This is fantastic,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the new play. I’m going to get to see it in London in September.” Suzanne Lewis, a Gryffindor, added, “This was a lot of fun. I could tell, even from blocks away, that something wonderful was happening.”

May 4, 2016

Star Wars Day

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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

Yoda image © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ® or TM where indicated. All rights reserved.

April 18, 2016

Earth Day Activities

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Earth Day Trivia and ActivitiesEarth Day activities

Earth Day is April 22. Here are some Earth Day trivia quizzes and activities you can do to celebrate our dear planet Earth, and help inspire your fellow humans to treat our planet with more loving care!

What will YOU do to help save the planet this Earth Day? Let us know in the Comments.

March 31, 2016

What to Expect at the Orthodontist

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bracesWhat to Expect At the Orthodontist

What is an orthodontist? An orthodontist is just a kind of dentist who specializes in making teeth straight, and ensuring your jaw is properly aligned. It’s where people who have braces or retainers go. But if you haven’t been to one, you might wonder what else goes on at the orthodontist. Here’s what to expect when you visit one.

He or She Will Ask You Easy Questions
Your first appointment will most likely involve a bunch of questions about your teeth and your jaw. They’ll be pretty easy to answer. Some examples might be, “Does your jaw make a popping noise when you open and shut your mouth?” Or, “Do you snore at night?” These questions will help your orthodontist determine what kind of treatment you will need to make sure your teeth and jaw are working properly.

X-Rays and Molds Will Be Taken
A technician at your orthodontist’s office will probably take some x-rays and make a mold of your mouth. To make the mold, your technician will ask you to bite down on a dental tray filled with a gooey substance. The process might be slightly uncomfortable, but shouldn’t hurt at all. Both x-rays and molds will help determine what kind of care you need: braces, retainer, or maybe nothing.

A Plan Will Be Devised
The x-rays and molds should give a clear picture of what’s happening inside your mouth. Then, the orthodontist can formulate a plan to change anything that will cause you a problem now or in the future. There are more reasons to fix your teeth other than just having a pretty smile. Did you know that overlapping teeth could cause future tooth decay and cause more cavities in the long run? Yep. Braces might not seem that awesome right now, but they could save you some problems in the future!

So go bravely to your first orthodontist appointment and get it over with!

“Braces” Flickr photo by monica y garza

March 24, 2016

How to Avoid Acne

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How to Avoid Acne

Chances are you’ve had a zit . . . or a few. But don’t worry; you’re not alone. Acne is very common. And if you’re looking for a way to keep your skin clear, start by following these simple steps:

Wash Your Face!
Acne is caused when overactive glands in your pores produce too much oil. This oil, mixed with bacteria and dead skin cells (gross) gets under your skin and causes pimples. That’s why you need to wash your face every morning and night, to clear away the oil BEFORE it can cause acne.

Keep Your Pillows Clean!
The pores on your face secrete oil. Then, you put your face on your pillow to sleep. Well guess what pillows are? Huge oil sponges. Be sure to wash your pillowcases often to make sure you’re not sleeping on an acne factory!

Stop Touching Your Face!
Like it or not, your fingers have all sorts of bacteria and grime on them (even if they look clean)! And when you rest your hand on your cheek or forehead, the bacteria leaps off of your fingers and onto your face! From there it mixes with the oil in your pores and BOOM: Pimple City!

Don’t Pop Them!
Yeah, pimples are easy (and kind of fun) to pop, but don’t do it! Popping pimples can push the oil, dead skin, and bacteria (again, gross) back into your pores and cause an infection, making your situation even worse.

Do you have any pimple horror stories? Tell us in the Comments!

March 21, 2016

It's Spring!

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springCelebrate Spring!

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to start thinking spring with spring quizzes, crafts, and activities! Winter is over! Winter is over!! Winter is over!!!

Happy spring!

March 15, 2016

Cool Things Invented by Kids

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popsicleCool Things Invented by Kids

You may think of inventors as geniuses with years of experience, but some of the coolest inventions actually came from kids!

In 1858, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood invented earmuffs. He hated hats and hated cold ears even more. So he tied fur patches to a headband and invented the first earmuffs.

Robert Patch was only 6 years old when he turned the model truck into a children’s toy. The boy created a toy truck with parts that could be taken apart and rebuilt into different vehicles. Patch’s truck was patented way back in 1963, but is still selling in toy stores today.

Frank Epperson accidentally stumbled across the Popsicle when he was 11. One frigid night, he left his drink outside with a stirring stick inside. The next morning, he found a frozen drink, and the world’s first Popsicle was born.

Krysta Morlan was in 10th grade when she invented the cast cooler, a device that pumps air into a cast and relieves irritation. But Krysta wasn’t done yet. She also invented the Waterbike, a bike-like vehicle you put in the water and power by pedaling.

Ryan Patterson was working at Burger King when he saw a translator ordering for a deaf friend. That sparked Ryan’s imagination and he soon invented a glove with sensors that translate sign language into written word.

Louis Braille was only 15 when he invented his own language for the blind. Braille, named after its inventor, uses a series of dots that people can trace their hands over and read.

Kids have created some of the coolest gadgets and also helped a lot of people. What invention would you like to create?

Brian

“blackberry watermelon popsicle” Flickr photo by stu_spivack

March 3, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Activities

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ShamrockAre you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?

On March 17, everyone wears green and becomes a little bit Irish to celebrate old Saint Patrick. Here are a few other things for you to do to celebrate your Irish heritage (whether real or fake)!

What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the Comments.