May 6, 2013
Summer Reading at Scholastic!
The Scholastic Summer Challenge is on! Starting today, you can compete in the ULTIMATE summer reading challenge to set a new reading world record! Log your reading minutes every day, earn virtual badges, and participate in weekly challenges to win extra prizes. What could be more fun?
As you log your minutes, you’ll also read around the world as you move up the Reading Meter! The more you read, the farther you travel— from the Coliseum to the Taj Mahal to Mount Everest! With each landmark, you can watch fun videos from Scholastic News Kid Reporters, who share interesting facts about each place.
Plus, check out your summer reading profile page to track your personal reading stats and your school’s status, watch book trailer videos, and enter sweepstakes for a chance to win awesome prizes throughout the summer, including: a Harry Potter box set, a signed copy of The False Prince and The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen, a 39 Clues prize pack, and a Dear Dumb Diary prize pack.
Be sure to log your minutes for your school. The school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey! How cool is that?!
Go now to log on to the Scholastic Summer Challenge!
May 4, 2013
Mother’s Day Activities
Mother’s Day in the U.S. is on May 12. Are you ready to shower your mother with gifts and praise? Make her feel really special because you know she does a lot for you! And don’t forget the other “moms” in your life, too: grandmothers, aunts, step-mothers, even teachers.
Here are some videos, articles, and activities to get you inspired to give your mom a perfect day.
Now, go plan a perfect day for all the moms in your life!
April 9, 2013
Earth Day Activities
Earth Day is April 22. Here are some ways you can 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 28, 2013
NanoDays 2013 are coming!
The festival of nanoscience programs created by Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network takes place March 30-April 7, 2013 in over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country.
OK, but . . . uhh. . . what is nanoscience? Nanoscience explores the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and teeny, tiny forces that can affect them. Here’s an example. You know how when it rains, your clothes get soaked, but water just rolls off the leaves? Scientists looked at the tiniest particles of leaves and discovered how they repel water. Then, they used this information to invent a coating with similar properties to keep the water out, and now we have amazing coated fabric that can do what leaves do naturally.
This coating actually has lots of uses. It is used to make graffiti-resistant paint, a clear coating that makes it impossible for paint to stick to a wall, so no grafitti. It is used to make a protective coating for eyeglasses, cell phones, and electronic tablets so they don’t get scratched or dirty. It is even used in “Magic Sand,” that crazy sand you can buy that doesn’t get wet when you put it in water.
So that’s just one aspect of nanoscience. If you want to find out more cool ways scientists and inventors are using nanoscience, check out your local Science Museum during NanoDays March 30-April 7!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
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!
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.