December 18, 2014
December 16, 2014
Famous Books Written by Literary Cats
Most people know that cats are smart, but did you know that many famous books were actually written by cats? I had no idea until I discovered these books in my cat’s library (a.k.a. his pile of treasured possessions hidden under the couch).
Can you identify these literary masterpieces written by cats?
- Diary of a Wimpy Cat by Jeff Kitty
- Purrrcy Catson and the Olympians by Rick Rowr-dan
- Little Kittens by Louisa May Alcat
- Furry Pawter and the Dog’s Bone by J.K. Meowling
- Say Meow and Chase that Tiny, Moving Red Dot! by R. L. Feline
Leave your answers in the Comments and let us know what books you would find in your cat library!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
December 15, 2014
Create a Caption!
This tiny reindeer is ready to ride! Leave your caption for Rudolph’s baby Chihuahua brother in the Comments! Happy Holidays!
“Xmas Doge” Flickr photo by 55Laney69
December 11, 2014
What Do You Want in Books?
I mentioned in a post yesterday that Scholastic just completed a national survey of children aged 6–17 to study their “attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.” According to 70% of kids aged 6–17, books that “make me laugh” rank highest on the list across all ages. Here are some more stats for What Kids Want in Books:
- Children aged 6–8 are more likely than older children to want books with characters that “look like me.”
- Children aged 9–11 are more likely than younger children to want books that “have a mystery or a problem to solve.”
- Children aged 12–14 are more likely than older children to want books with “characters I wish I could be like because they are smart, strong or brave.”
- Children aged 15–17 are more likely than younger children to want books that help them “forget about real life for a while.”
In addition, 73% of children aged 6–17 agree with the statement, “I would read more if I could find more books that I like.”
Do these statistics represent YOU? Leave a Comment to tell us your favorite book with a character who looks like you, or with a mystery, or with smart, strong characters. Tell us what you really want in books!
December 1, 2014
Invent the Most Amazing Cookie Ever for National Cookie Day!
Sure, December has lots of holidays, but did you know that December 4th is actually National Cookie Day? This sweet little holiday gets overshadowed by the big ones, so we decided to finally give it the attention it deserves.
A little known fact is that “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekje” which means little cake. Dutch bakers used to test out small amounts of their cake batters in the oven (for taste and oven temperatures), and it wasn’t long before they discovered these tiny pieces of cake batter were totally delicious. Hence a cookie was born.
If you had to make the most amazing cookie EVER, what would it be? What ingredients would you combine? What would you name it? (I think I would make a chocolate-marshmallow-fudge-sprinkle cookie!)
Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with in the Comments below. And don’t forget on Dec. 4 to bring some cookies to school, and wish your friends a Happy Cookie Day!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
November 17, 2014
Books Writing Prompt from Skyelark Moon
I’m sure most of you have had a similar conversation where you ask someone about a book, and she replies, “Don’t read that book; it’s bad.” That lead me to the question: what makes a book *bad*? Is it the characters? The plot? The general way the story is written? Is the book *bad* because of a negative connotation that was put towards it?
What do you think makes a book *bad*?
For me, I have found a *bad* book to be one that I simply did not enjoy. In general, either the characters or the plot (or both) weren’t engaging enough for me to enjoy the story to its full potential.
That then leads to the question of: what makes a *good* book? To me, I find the characters and the plot quite important. Of course, that is not all I look for, but they are certainly a large factor.
What do you think makes a *good* book?
I’m very interested in hearing *cough*reading*cough* your answers! Have a wonderful rest of your day!
Fly you high,
Skyelark Moon who used minimal smilies in this post.
November 10, 2014
Autumn Puppy Create a Caption
Is that a stuffed animal? No, it’s fluffy, little Charlie! It looks like he is having fun playing at the park. He is all ready for fall as his red fur matches the autumn leaves on the ground!
Here’s my caption: “Okay I’m ready! I’m ready! Throw the Frisbee please! Oh . . .oh . . . There it goes! I can see it coming towards me! Wait a second . . . No, that’s just an autumn leaf falling from the tree!
Write YOUR own caption for this picture in the Comments!
Amanda, STACKS Intern
November 3, 2014
Technology Writing Prompt
Every day, we use technology. Light bulbs, for instance, run on electricity and electricity is technology. Everything that is man-made is technology! Can you believe that? Technology has become a very important part of our daily modern lives. You use it and you barely realize it.
Laptops, PCs, phones, smart phones, iPads, tablets, iPods, Bluetooths, GPSs, cars, other vehicles, toys, other appliances, etc. These things are all technology. Even the simplest thing is technology. Like just an inch of paper! Paper comes from trees, and trees are nature (which is not technology). How do the trees get turned into paper? Technology.
Can you imagine life without technology? You would be so bored. No video games or anything to do. Technology has made our lives very fun and enjoyable. Without technology, life would very, very miserable.
Leave a Comment to say what YOU use technology for, and what your life would be like without it.
Sharafa, Scholastic Kids Council
October 27, 2014
Taylor Swift This Is How I Shake It Off! Contest
Taylor Swift uses music to shake off the things people do or say that could have the power to hurt her. We want to hear how you shake off the things that get you down in your life. Enter the Taylor Swift This Is How I Shake It Off! Writing Contest for a chance to win these prizes . . .
- Grand Prize: A trip for 2 people to Taylor’s concert including a meet & greet with Taylor Swift!
- 2nd place winner: A signed guitar & 1989 CD
- 5 Runners-up: A signed 1989 CD
Here’s how to enter!
- The contest is open to students attending U.S. schools in grades 3 through 6 who are legal residents of the United States.
- Students must write an essay or poem, no more than one page, which explores the question “How do you shake it off when someone says or does something that has the power to hurt you?”
- Each entry must include student’s name and grade, teacher’s name, school name, address, and phone number.
- Entries must be mailed to: This Is How I Shake It Off! Writing Contest, P.O. Box 714, New York, NY 10013-0714.
- Entries must be received by December 11, 2014. No other means of entry accepted.
Leave a Comment telling us how YOU shake it off, and then send in your contest entry! Good luck!
October 21, 2014
Moderator Katie on the Reading Buzz Message Board posted a poll-type quiz with questions contributed by Go-green-or-else, DreamtimeDetermined14, BreezeBrain39, WinterWonder9300, and DarkRising6.
MU HA HA HA! Let the fun begin!
What’s your favorite type of candy?
What are you being for Halloween this year?
What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
Do you have any Halloween traditions?
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
Do you know the history of Halloween? Do you care?
- What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
There are lots more questions to answer in the Halloween Quiz post. Go check them out and tell Moderator Katie I said, “Hi!” Happy Halloween!!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer