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
November 20, 2012
Zoos Giving You Goosebumps?
The days following Halloween are always sort of a let-down. After spending all of that time picking out your costume, sniffing out the largest possible pillow case to haul your load of candy, and giving yourself a good fright with an overdose of scary movies, in just a few fun-filled hours it’s all over, and there are a full 364 days left until you get to do it over again next year. But just because October 31 is now behind us doesn’t mean that the scares need to stop. Fun-size candies may come and go, but you can get Goosebumps from fright-master R.L. Stine all year.
April 12, 2012
BE BIG for National Volunteer Week, April 15-21!
Did you know that next week is National Volunteer Week? For more than 30 years, National Volunteer Week has been a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.
Service comes in lots of shapes and sizes and can be as simple as helping your librarian put books back on the shelf, or as BIG as organizing a camp for young people who stutter, just as Julie and her team did with the community grant their BIG Idea received in the 2011 Clifford BE BIG in Your Community Contest. Julie and her team put their grant money towards "Camp Shout Out," an overnight camp where young people who stutter can improve their communication skills while having fun in a camp setting. BIG or small, what matters is that you are helping make your community a better place for everyone!
HandsOn Network, Scholastic’s partner in the BE BIG Campaign, has action centers all over the country that can help you get involved in your community.
Do you have a BIG Idea? Enter the 2012 Clifford BE BIG In Your Community Contest today for a chance to bring your BIG Idea to life with a $5,000 community grant!
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United Sates and District of Columbia. Contest ends June 22, 2012. Void where prohibited. Subject to all applicable laws. See Official Rules for details.
March 8, 2012
Vote for the Kids’ Choice Awards!
Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!
Of course, here at Scholastic, we are thrilled that two of our titles were nominated in the “Favorite Book” category. The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games trilogy are both in the running. (Harry has actually won in this category before — seven times already!)
FUN FACT from Nickelodeon: The last name Potter was inspired by J.K Rowling’s childhood neighbors.
FUN FACT from Nickelodeon: The Hunger Games author, Suzanne Collins, used to write for the old school Nick show, Clarissa Explains It All.
Winners will be announced on the Kids’ Choice Awards Show on March 31!
And PS, cutie boy band One Direction will be performing at the Awards Show too. Have you read our hilarious One Direction interview?
December 19, 2011
You met our Scholastic Kids Council on Halloween when they showed us their awesome Halloween costumes. This month, we wanted to find out what their favorite holiday traditions are. Everybody has different traditions but they all sound so cool!
Marlo, age 11, New Jersey
October 31, 2011
Halloween is here, and we thought it would be fun to hear about YOUR Halloween costumes to try to guess what the most popular Halloween costume of 2011 will be. Our Scholastic Kids Council sent us pics of some of their Halloween costumes (past and current). We are trying to predict what the most popular Halloween costume will be this year, so let’s see what the trends are. . .
October 25, 2011
Wahoo! We’ve been talking about The Magic School Bus a lot recently, not only because we’re some of Ms. Frizzle’s biggest fans (favorite book series, anyone?), but also because Scholastic is celebrating 25 years of adventures with The Magic School Bus!
October 15, 2011
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Magic School Bus at Scholastic makes me think a lot about how much Ms. Frizzle and the bus influenced me growing up. In school, my favorite teachers always reminded me of Ms. Frizzle. OK — sometimes it was because of their really crazy hair — but usually it was the way they got me excited about learning, or even special field trips they would plan just for my class (the BEST kinds of field trips).
Even hearing a bus honk now takes me back to 5th grade science when we would watch the show or read the book in class and then talk about what the Friz and her class found inside of Ralphie, why our school bus couldn’t take us to outer space, or the importance of preserving ecosystems. The Magic School Bus made science so much easier to learn because it made everything so fun.
If you love The Magic School Bus too, check out the new Where Will the Bus Take You? online game to see where Ms. Frizzle is blasting off to!
Seeing or reading The Magic School Bus makes me remember about my favorite classes and teachers. What does The Magic School Bus make YOU think of? Leave a Comment with your favorite Magic School Bus memories.
— Caitlin, Scholastic Media Staffer
August 24, 2011
Two Scholastic News Kid Reporters, 10-year-old Topanga Sena of Orlando, Florida, and 11-year-old Jacob Schroeder of Albuquerque, New Mexico, conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama at the White House. The interview covered a wide range of topics including the economy, education for 21st century jobs, the environment, and the books that he reads with his daughters. The President also talked about the events of 9/11, telling the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps that it was a tragic moment for all of us, adding, “But. . . as terrible as that day was, it brought America together and it reminded us that we’re all one people, and that each of us have a responsibility as citizens of the United States, to try to make this country the best it can be.”
As the interview came to a close, a surprise visitor trotted into the room. Bo, the First Dog, greeted the Kid Reporters with a wag of his tail and earned a treat from the President.
How cool!! Click here to watch the complete video interview with the President.
April 13, 2011
What better way to celebrate a birthday than at the crossroads of the world – Times Square, New York City! If you’ve never been to Times Square in person, it is quite the spectacle. Times Square is always all abuzz with hundreds of thousands of people walking through daily and these massive brightly illuminated jumbotrons flanking the avenues.
Today, I SPY hosted a SPECTACULAR party with a giant 12-foot tall birthday cake in the heart of Times Square! Jean Marzollo, the author of I SPY, was on-hand to celebrate and kick-off the festivities. The cake came with a challenge for twenty students from Manhattan Country School to race against the clock to find 20 objects hidden around the cake—all within 10 minutes. For every object found, their school would receive 25 books! While it was bit rainy in New York today, it did not dampen the students’ spirits! The students were super excited about the challenge and were chanting, “I SPY, I SPY, I SPY!” as they eagerly waited to take on the challenge.
Each object came with an I SPY rhyming clue such as:
I spy an object you must knock down to win.
This one is yellow. It’s a bowling pin!
Equipped with their I SPY magnifying glasses, the students had to quickly search the cake to find the object in order to receive the next I SPY clue. These students were very experienced at solving I SPY puzzles! Sometimes they didn’t even have to wait for the host to complete reading the clue before figuring out the object they needed to find on the cake! With 9 seconds to spare, the class found all 20 objects and was awarded 500 books for their school. Each student also was surprised to receive their very own copy of the new I SPY Spectacular book, which Jean Marzollo personally signed after the event. While the giant cake wasn’t one for feasting (imagine digging into a giant cake!), everyone got to celebrate and sing Happy Birthday to I SPY and eat a yummy cake that looked just like the big one!
20 Years, My Oh My,
Happy Birthday to I SPY!
—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer