January 2, 2015
Next Stop: London’s Book Benches!
A cool thing happened in London last summer. An organization called the National Literacy Trust hired artists to create book-based sculptures called BookBenches. 50 books from Peter Pan to A Bear Called Paddington were painted onto benches all across London. They called it the “Books About Town.”
The BookBench sculptures were on display on the streets of London this summer, and then sold at a public auction. They raised over £250,000. (That’s about $390,000 in U.S. dollars.) All of that money will go to the National Literacy Trust, a charity dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
As you can see, these BookBenches are pretty amazing – they look like they belong in an art museum!
If you could see one of your favorite books depicted on a bench in your town, what book would it be? Leave your ideas in the Comments below!
Marisa, STACKS Intern
December 29, 2014
Winter break is a perfect time to ponder these awesome questions from CycloneVampire7.
What would you do if . . .
- You were sitting in the rain when all of a sudden, a man appeared before you out of thin air?
- You met Justin Bieber? (You can hate or love; I don’t care.)
- You discovered that Elsa was your cousin and you had ice powers?
- Everyone around you suddenly burst into song?
- Books were BANNED?!
- You were trapped in a dream and couldn’t wake up unless you finished it?
- You could grow money trees? $
- You could fly?
- You were trapped in a tiny box about your size with no way out?
- Your brother gave you a Mohawk haircut while you were sleeping, and tomorrow was the first day of school?
Hope you enjoy!
December 22, 2014
What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?
The beginning of a new year is a great time to start brand new, to think of some goals and resolutions for how to be a better person. No one is perfect, and this is a great time to think about ways that you can improve in the coming year.
Here are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions:
- Set a better schedule for myself.
- Spend more time with my family.
- Be a better friend and a better listener.
- Change my closet and develop a better style.
- Get good grades.
- Travel to a new country.
- Do more arts and crafts activities and more D.I.Y. fashion activities.
- Go to the gym more often, and live a healthier lifestyle. (No more soda or candy!)
- Read interesting books. (Take a look at our Reading Resolutions for ideas.)
- Learn how to cook.
Your New Year’s resolutions and goals can be about anything, from saving more money so you can buy a really cool toy that you like, to making more friends, or to spending more time with your sibling. Start jotting down some goals. After you finish, keep the paper somewhere that you can see it constantly, like on your refrigerator or on a wall in your room. Give yourself credit for all your success, and check off the things on your list that you have completed as the time passes.
Leave a Comment with your New Year’s resolutions. Happy New Year!
December 18, 2014
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