March 15, 2013
Vote for the Kids’ Choice Awards!
Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!
Of course, here at Scholastic, we are thrilled that two of our titles were once again nominated in the Favorite Book category. The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games trilogy (for ages 12 and up) are both in the running. While Harry has actually won in this category before, The Hunger Games trilogy has never won. Diary of a Wimpy Kid has taken the prize for the last 3 years!
FUN FACT from Nickelodeon: Harry Potter won the Favorite Book category 7 times during the years 2000-2008, losing twice to A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
FUN FACT from Nickelodeon: In 1998, the Favorite Book of the year was Goosebumps Deep Trouble II, and the Favorite Movie was Titanic. There was some kind of underwater theme going on that year.
Winners will be announced on the Kids’ Choice Awards Show on March 23, 2013.
And PS, One Direction is nominated for Favorite Music Group, so that’s another reason to go vote!
March 7, 2013
March Madness Basketball Activities
The 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament known as March Madness gets started on March 19. This year is the 75th year of March Madness, so here are some books, games, and activities to get you in the spirit.
Which team do you think is going to win this year? Tell us your picks in the Comments!
March 1, 2013
St. Patrick's Day Roundup
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)!
Isn't Ireland beautiful? What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick's Day? Tell us in the Comments.
February 28, 2013
NEW Harry Potter Illustrator Kazu Kibuishi
Meet Kazu Kibuishi, the illustrator of the new Harry Potter book covers coming out in September 2013. If you have read his Amulet series, then you know he is an awesome artist. If you have never heard of him before, you might be worried about his credentials. Is he worthy of the epic task of illustrating the book covers to the ultimate series of all time??
Click here to see the first new Harry Potter cover.
I had the chance to interview him a few years ago and he is so, so nice! For those Harry Potter fans who are worried about the new Harry Potter covers, I can assure you we are in good hands with this illustrator!
Watch my interview with him where he talks about being an artist.
And this interview where he shows us his real live, actual sketchbook!
He seems super-cool, right? Leave a Comment to tell us what you think of the new Harry Potter covers!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
February 8, 2013
Valentine’s Day Roundup
Valentine’s Day is coming! After all your Valentine’s cards and candy are ready to give out to your friends, here are a few other things for you to do to celebrate this wonderful day of love!
Paint chip samples from your local home improvement store.
Heart-shaped paper punch
White ribbon cut into 8-inch strips.
- Use the paper punch to punch heart shapes into each of the different colors on the pink or red paint chip samples.
- Use the paper punch to cut a heart shape at the top of the paint chip sample.
- Tie the ribbon through the heart shape at the top of the bookmark.
Isn’t that cute? What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the Comments.
January 28, 2013
2013 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 Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.
This year's winner was just announced today, and the 2013 Newbery Medal goes to . . . The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
Have you read it yet? Do YOU think it was the best American book published in 2012? If you were on the committee voting for the 2013 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2012 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
UPDATE: Congratulations also to the Newbery Honor Books for 2013: Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, and Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Shlitz. All amazing books too!
January 26, 2013
As you know, the Super Bowl is almost here. The big game will be played on Sunday, February 3. The San Francisco 49ers will battle the Baltimore Ravens, so I thought we could round up some of the best Football facts and fun from the STACKS. Here are a few things for you to do to get ready for the big game next week.
January 15, 2013
Inauguration Day Trivia Quiz
The swearing-in ceremony for the President and Vice President of the United States will take place on Jan. 21, 2013 — Inauguration Day. It all happens on the steps of the Capitol in Washington D.C. To get you in the patriotic mood, this week's Trivia Quiz is all about Inauguration Day. See how much you know in the Quiz administered below.
January 10, 2013
Ink Splot’s Top 10 of 2012
2012 was a great year that introduced the Goosebumps 20th anniversary, a new Wimpy Kid book and movie, and of course, One Direction (YAY!!). Ink Splot 26 was there to cover it all. Want to know what the most popular blog posts were last year? Read on for our Top 10 countdown of 2012. . .
No surprise that One Direction comes in at number 1 and 2 since they were voted the STACKS Person(s) of the Year. Are your favorites on this list? What do YOU think was the best Ink Splot 26 post of 2012? Leave a Comment to tell us your thoughts.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
December 23, 2012
2012 PERSON OF THE YEAR!
Time Magazine has their Person of the Year, and now presenting the first ever . . . STACKS Person of the Year!
Tell us the person OR group of people that have had the biggest impact in YOUR world this year. Just write your nomination in the Comments below. The nominee who gets the most comments by December 31st will be named STACKS Person of the Year. We’ll announce the winner on New Year’s Day.
You can go serious, silly, or somewhere in between. President Obama, One Direction, The Fierce Five Olympians, Taylor Swift . . . You get the idea.
We can’t wait to see who you nominate.
Come back on New Year’s Day for the 2012 STACKS Person of the Year Winner!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer