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?
March 8, 2012
Everyone knows that texting, playing Angry Birds, or listening to music through headphones while driving is extremely dangerous. You know that, right? RIGHT?? Well, recently, people have been wondering if it's even safe to walk or ride your bike while using distracting gadgets. If it keeps you from paying attention to the traffic, it could be dangerous.
Here are some facts from Grolier Online. Did you know. . .
- The number of traffic deaths involving pedestrians (walking people) increased in 2010.
- According to Hal Pashler, a brain scientist at the University of California, San Diego, even if you try to listen for traffic, loud music through your headphones can still confuse your brain.
- State Senator Carl Kruger of New York is now trying to pass a law that would fine citizens $100 for using electronic devices while crossing the street.
- In California, State Senator Joe Simitian is trying to pass a similar law to ban bicyclists from using tech gadgets.
It's easy to get distracted and forget to look for cars, especially when your song comes on and you start singing it real loud and dancing. (Yeah, you know who you are! I've seen you!) If the driver hears HIS song at that moment while you're crossing the street, and he's singing real loud and not paying attention, and texting his friend too. . . well, the next thing you know, KABLAM!
I am saying this because I love you. I don't want to scare you, but Kid Power means being responsible for yourself and not letting your brains get confused. Now that you know about the dangers, please tell your friends. Make posters and hang them up at school. Don't let anyone you know get distractified by their tech toys! And that includes your parents. You could save a life.
OK. That's all for now. I'm glad we had this little talk.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
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
November 11, 2011
Hi everybody! Today is November 11, 2011: 11/11/11! Freaky, right?
Here is a trick to amaze your friends and family. Add your age to the last two digits of your birth year. The answer will be 11. For example, if you are 10 and were born in 2001 . . .
10 + 01 = 11
Try it. It will work with everyone born in this century. For people born in the 1900s, the answer will be 111 on account of we're older. Test it on your friends, your parents, your dog. (Wait, it might not work in dog years. But if it does, leave a Comment letting us know!)
I don't know why it works, but it does. It must be some fluke-y thing about 11, so Happy 11/11/11 Day! The numbers will never line up like this again in your lifetime unless you live another hundred years. Although . . . some people think the world is going to end in 2012. Personally, I'm not worried one bit. I think the world will still be around for 12/12/12 and beyond.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
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
September 6, 2011
Beware Hurricane Season! Last week, the East Coast endured Hurricane Irene, and here on the STACKS, we tested your knowledge of hurricanes with a Hurricane Trivia Quiz. How much do you know about these brutal storms? Read on for the answers.
August 30, 2011
It's hurricane season, and if the weather this year has been any indication, it's going to be a bad one! For those of you who live on the East Coast, we just got hit by one of the worst hurricanes in years, Hurricane Irene. The playground by my house actually seemed to turn into a small lake. On the basketball court, the water came up to the top of the basketball hoops!
Flooding, downed power lines, damage and loss of houses and belongings, these are some of the devastating effects of hurricanes. But what is the science behind them? What IS actually a hurricane? What causes them? Test your knowledge of hurricanes with our Trivia Quiz.
- When does the Atlantic hurricane season begin and end on the East Coast?
- Many of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history have all taken place within the same two weeks of every year. What is this peak date?
- Why do East Coast U.S. hurricanes typically only happen in late summer?
- How fast can hurricanes travel?
- What is the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon?
- Which is worse: a Category 1 storm or a Category 5 storm?
- How do hurricanes get their names?
- What will the next hurricane's name be?
- Which past hurricane name will never be used again?
Hope you all made it through Hurricane Irene ok! Leave your answers to the Trivia Quiz in the Comments below, and check back next week for the answers and some more fascinating hurricane facts.
- Ratha, Stacks Writer
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.