Category Archives: News

October 7, 2013

October STACKS Profile Spotlight

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DreamtimepinkSTACKS Spotlight: Get to Know Dreamtimepink9!

  • She likes October because she was born in that month and she has a sweet tooth for candy, chocolates, and cookies.
  • Her hobbies include acting, drawing, writing stories, riding her bike, and roller skating!
  • She daydreams a lot, and hopes to one day become a teacher.
  • Dreamtimepink9 loves reading adventure books, comic books, fantasy, and mysteries!

Her Book Suggestions:  

Her Dream Halloween Costume: Fairy or Mermaid!

Add Dreamtimepink9 as a friend, and join her Avengers Fan Fiction. She’s really interesting. Check out her profile!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

September 16, 2013

September STACKS Profile Spotlight

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Profile_yellowglow_130September STACKS Profile Spotlight

Her hobbies include writing stories, playing board games, and surfing the net.

  • She loves dogs and chocolate chip cookies.
  • She wants to be a teacher, and dreams of exploring castles and historic ancient ruins.
  • Yellowglow loves reading, and reads everything from adventure books to comic books and magazines!

Get to know Yellowglow!

Her Book Suggestions:

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Nancy Drew mystery stories by Carolyn Keane
  • Daring Adventures series by Peter Reese Doyle

How She Got Her Cool Username:  She told us in this post on the STACKS Buzz Board, “Yellowglow was the name of the main character in a book that I wrote when I was 10 or 11 years old.”

Personal Quote from Yellowglow: “Each one of you is carrying a light. Don’t hide it.”

Be sure to strike up a conversation with her on the Buzz Board and add her as a friend! She’s awesome! Check out her profile!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

August 13, 2013

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, STACKS Staffer

July 19, 2013

Calling All Actors, Singers, and Dancers

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popcornCalling All Actors, Singers, and Dancers

Have you ever dreamed of being discovered by a Hollywood producer, and getting to star in your own show? I know you are a talented bunch, and one of the questions you asked Karan Brar was how to get into show business. Well, if you are going to be near San Antonio, Texas on July 27-28, you could have a chance to show your stuff to Disney Channel talent scouts, and maybe get cast in a new Disney show!!! Read on for the details from the Disney press release.

Nationwide Search for Actors, Singers and Dancers Ages 10-17 for Upcoming Series and Movies Produced for Disney Channel and Disney XD

Disney Channel and Disney XD announce this year’s annual open call auditions will take place SATURDAY, JULY 27 and SUNDAY, JULY 28 in San Antonio, Texas. The search for new talent ages 10-17 is part of Disney Channel’s and Disney XD’s ongoing initiative to find cast and develop diverse young actors, singers and dancers for series and movies produced for the kid- and family-targeted channels.

Judy Taylor, senior vice president, Casting and Talent Relations, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “Our annual open call auditions give kids a unique opportunity to showcase their comedic acting skills and/or singing and dancing ability and be seen by a professional casting director. We look forward to discovering a range of diverse, talented kids at this year’s open call and helping make their dreams come true.”

The open casting call auditions will be held on Saturday, July 27 for last names beginning with A-M and Sunday, July 28 for last names beginning with N-Z from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on both days at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie St., in downtown San Antonio. All attendees are advised to park at any nearby public parking facility. Parking will not be available at the Marriott Rivercenter.

An application and monologue will be provided upon arrival, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There are no guarantees of employment and there will never be any fee to audition for Disney Channel or Disney XD.

Good luck to everyone auditioning, and don’t forget to thank the STACKS when you become a famous star!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

June 4, 2013

Last Day of School!

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Summer officially starts on June 21, but we all know the real start of summer is the last day of school. Whether you are off already or still counting down the days, try these activities to get your summer started right.

Finally, here are some more Would You Rather questions submitted by STACKers on the STACK Back Message Board. If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the Message Board and submit yours too!

From WitchPixie2 and AmberBlack111: Would you rather . . .

  1. Go to summer school OR spend an hour every day studying?
  2. Have hot weather OR snowy weather?
  3. Go on a free cruise OR a trip to Paris, London, and New York that costs money?
  4. Got to the beach every day OR be on vacation every day?
  5. Go to a summer school that’s fun OR have boring sleepovers and playdates every day?
  6. Have a longer summer vacation but fewer days off during the school year OR have a short summer vacation but have more days off during the school year?
  7. Swim in a pool of Nutella OR ice cream?
  8. Swim with sharks OR race with cheetahs?
  9. Drink lemonade OR fruit punch?

Thanks for the awesome questions! I hope everyone has an epic summer!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

May 4, 2013

Mother’s Day Activities

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Mothers_dayMother’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

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EarthEarth 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!

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

March 15, 2013

Kids’ Choice Awards 2013

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Kca_2013_logoVote 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 IIand 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

Posted by at 12:11 pm in Games, News, Reads | Permalink

March-madnessMarch 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 8, 2013

Valentine’s Day Roundup

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Createacrush_130Valentine’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!

Materials:
Paint chip samples from your local home improvement store.
Heart-shaped paper punch
White ribbon cut into 8-inch strips.

Instructions:

  1. Use the paper punch to punch heart shapes into each of the different colors on the pink or red paint chip samples.
  2. Use the paper punch to cut a heart shape at the top of the paint chip sample.
  3. 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.