July 8, 2014

July Is Ice Cream Month

Posted by at 1:58 am in Summer, Would You Rather | Permalink

Ice creamIce Cream Would You Rather

You probably eat plenty of ice cream in the summer, but did you know that July is actually National Ice Cream Month? Not kidding! It all started back in 1984, when President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. (In 2014, this awesome day will fall on July 20.) Some ice cream stores will even give away free scoops of ice cream on National Ice Cream Day!

We’re getting into the spirit with a serving of Would You Rather! Ice cream lovers, would you rather . . . 

  1. Vanilla OR chocolate?
  2. Cup OR cone?
  3. Sprinkles OR crunchies?
  4. Regular OR soft serve?
  5. Dairy Queen OR Ben & Jerry’s?
  6. Make-your-own-sundae bar OR frozen yogurt?
  7. Ice cream cake for your birthday OR regular cake?
  8. Ice pop OR ice cream?

“Scoop up” your answers, and leave them in the Comments below. And tell us how you will celebrate Ice Cream Month this year. Happy summer!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

Image credit Food and Drink/SuperStock

July 7, 2014

More What Would You Do If

Posted by at 1:25 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Question marksRaining money, an alien invasion, and a 20-gallon ice cream-eating contest. Only on the STACKS!

AquaLadybug7 gave us a What Would You Do If. . . Quiz a few weeks ago and it was awesome. Now she’s back with another one, so think about these questions and give your answers in the Comments.

What would you do if . . .AquaLadybug Avatar

  1. It rained money?
  2. Your math teacher turned into a werewolf in front of you?
  3. Aliens came to Earth just to see you sing in front of your bedroom mirror?
  4. You ate 20 gallons of ice cream in a contest and you LOST?
  5. You went to school and it turned out to be a holiday and you didn’t know that?
  6. You got horribly pranked by your best friend and worst enemy TOGETHER?

These are awesome questions, right? Send a shout-out on AquaLadybug7′s profile, and visit her on the Reading Buzz Board.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 4, 2014

Patriotic Puppy

Create a CaptionHappy 4th of July to all my American friends! Hope you have a fun day of patriotic parades, picnics, and fireworks.

This Independence Day doggie is celebrating the Fourth in style! What do you think she would say if she could talk?

Patriotic Pup

Image credit: Randy Robertson

Leave your caption in the Comments!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 4, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Celebrity!

Posted by at 1:49 am in Celebrities | Permalink

PopcornIt’s time for more celebrities!

Last month, I asked you to vote on which interviews you wanted to see featured on the STACKS. The response was almost overwhelming! I guess you guys like all things celebrity as much as I do. So for July, we’re bringing the vote system back. Woo hoo!

Here are your options for this round:

Which celebrity do YOU want to hear from? Cast your vote by posting your top pick in the Comments below. Don’t forget to get your friends to vote, too. Can’t wait to see which interview wins!

See ya around,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

July 3, 2014

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

Posted by at 1:23 am in Kid Power, News | Permalink

Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsApply to be a Scholastic News Kid Reporter!

I’ve said before how lucky the Scholastic News Kid Reporters are. The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie premiere?  On the set at the Percy Jackson movie? Yeah, they were there.

Well, now is your chance to apply to join. I’m too old or I would totally apply, but I would be such a proud Mother Hen if one of our loyal STACKS readers is chosen! Then I could tell the world on Ink Splot 26 all the amazing things YOU are doing as a member of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

What is the Kids Press Corps?
It is a group of kid reporters nationwide who are selected by Scholastic to blog about their interests and report about the news that kids care about. They are real news reporters who go to live events to get the scoop and then write their stories. Some of their assignments include:

  • Interviews with popular authors
  • Book reviews
  • Red carpet premieres
  • Behind-the-scenes reports
  • Interviews with politicians, actors, musicians and artists

Just so you know, it’s not all glitterati and parties. There is a lot of work involved, too. But if you have good writing and interviewing skills, this could be the job for you.

How to apply? Kids aged 10-14 are eligible for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline to apply is September 26, 2014, but you have to send a few writing samples so don’t wait until the last minute! All the application details can be found here.

Good luck!!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 2, 2014

Favorite Fantasy Books

Posted by at 1:27 am in Reads | Permalink

Fantasy Books FestivalWhat are the best fantasy books?

Last week, we asked you to nominate your favorite fantasy books, and you wrote in some awesome suggestions! I have already read and loved most of them, but a few people recommended The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. I have not read this yet and it looks really good, so I checked it out from the library today. Thanks for the suggestion. I can’t wait to start reading it!

Here are all the top fantasy book suggestions (in no particular order) from STACKers.

Favorite Fantasy BooksAre your favorites here? Do you see any new books that YOU want to read next? Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 1, 2014

Celebrity Grammar Police Answers

Posted by at 1:40 am in Celebrities, Trivia | Permalink

trivia_quiz1Did you correct the celebrity grammar mistakes?

With run-on sentences, missing capital letters, and missing punctuation, these celebrities made a lot of grammar mistakes in last week’s Celebrity Grammar Police Quiz! Of course, no one is perfect and and everybody makes mistakes. I’m not judging! I’m just showing you how these sentences are SUPPOSED to look.

  1. Austin Mahone: GUESS WHERE I’M GOING TOMORROW!!!
  2. Peyton List: Every time I make an ugly face on Jessie, I think about how many people are going to screenshot it and make it their profile pic.
  3. Leo Howard: Hey everyone, did you see last night’s Kickin It. Haha! Love that episode!
  4. Jake Short: It honestly feels like it’s Saturday. My days are so mixed up.
  5. Harry Styles: Thank you so much to everyone who bought the album. You’re incredible, and we are nothing without you. I am very, very happy today. x
  6. Olivia Holt: Blessings show up in many different forms. Don’t ever second guess God’s reasoning.
  7. Taylor Swift: I LOVE YOU GUYS! WE GOT AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION, AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO USE PUNCTUATION!
  8. Mindless Behavior: What did you guys think of our new video from the airport? What can we say? We love to dance. LOL!!
  9. Karan Brar: Everyone has problems. Some people’s problems are more messed up than others, but don’t judge a person based on his or her problems.
  10. Ross Lynch: 2014, here I come.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 1, 2014

World Cup Soccer Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:17 am in News, Summer, Who Would Win | Permalink

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

I am completely obsessed with the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil. There are so many amazing teams playing that I don’t want to miss a single game! While you might not actually see both of these competitors in Brazil, what do you think of today’s match-up? Team Kitten vs. Arjen Robben from Team Holland!

Kitten vs. Arjen RobbenAre you loving the World Cup this year, or do you love kittens more? Which team do you support, and who will be the 2014 champions? Leave your World Cup predictions in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.com Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Kitten photo credit plizzba. Arjen Robben photo credit Global Panorama.

June 30, 2014

Writing Prompt for Book-Obsessed People

Posted by at 3:15 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing PromptWriting Prompt: Problems only readers would understand . . .

  • Problem #1: You’re on a long car trip and you just finished your book. There’s 1 more hour until you get there and you have nothing to read!
  • Problem #2: You’ve been waiting forever for the sequel of your favorite book to come out. It finally does . . . on a SCHOOL day!
  • Problem #3: Your mom returned a gripping, thrilling, totally awesome book to the library . . . before you finished the last chapter!

These, fellow Ink Splotters, are problems only a book lover would understand. You know what I mean, right? Well, we want to hear your problems . . . that only a fellow book lover would understand.

Leave your problems caused by book obsession in the Comments below!

Ratha, STACKS Writer