November 26, 2013
I must admit I am not a very good baker, but I do LOVE reading fiction and looking at fun recipes, so that’s the reason I like finding cookbooks based on fictional books. If you love food and books, and books about food, then check out today’s fun, festive recipe books based on favorite fiction books.
November 26, 2013
Thanksgiving Dinner vs. Dessert: Who Would Win?
One of the best parts about the Thanksgiving holiday is the delicious food we eat with family and friends. Between the mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans, it is hard to choose a favorite. Which part of the holiday meal do you look forward to the most? The roasted turkey and yummy stuffing, or the after-dinner desserts like pumpkin and cherry pie?
Write your answer in the Comments below!
—Amanda, STACKS Intern
November 25, 2013
Movember Create a Caption: Guinness World Records 2014
This photo from the Guinness World Records 2014 book shows the man who earned the Guinness World Record for most “World Beard and Moustache Championship” wins in honor of “No Shave November” a.k.a. Movember.
Now I must-ache you a question! If this picture could talk what do you think it would say?
I think he would be saying, “A ferret on my face? No, no! That is my beard! Now why must-you-ache such silly questions??”
Write YOUR caption in the comments!
–Amanda, STACKS Intern
Image courtesy Guinness World Records
November 22, 2013
One Direction’s 1D Day is coming! Are you ready?
As many of you probably know, we here at the STACKS absolutely LOVE One Direction! From their first album to This Is Us, we’ve been following their exciting journey to superstardom and loving every minute of it. That’s why we’re super-duper excited that 1D Day is coming.
For those who don’t know what 1D Day is, it’s basically an unofficial One Direction holiday. In celebration of the release of their upcoming album, Midnight Memories, 1D has launched a worldwide movement for their fans. Directioners like you (and me!) can get creative in celebrating 1D Day by making music videos, sharing favorite photos and songs, creating collages, and wearing 1D gear. 1D Day will happen on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
To make the day extra-special, the boys have a lot of really cool stuff planned. One Direction will be holding a seven-hour live video broadcast to connect with fans around the world. They’ve announced that they’re going to try to break a world record every hour (for things like highest toilet paper roll pile)! They’ll also be hanging out with some guests throughout the day: Celine Dion, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, Piers Morgan, The Muppets, Khloe Kardashian, and even Robbie Williams (who used to be in a famous British boyband himself).
Here at the STACKS, we’re taking the opportunity to revisit all of our favorite One Direction activities and posts from the past. Check out our One Direction ABC, and play One Direction “Would You Rather?” with a friend who’s also a fan. If you’re really a Directioner, test your fan knowledge with our One Direction quiz! And don’t forget to check out our awesome interview with 1D.
Are you excited for 1D Day? Will you be participating? How will you show your love for all things One Direction? Share in the Comments below!
– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
November 21, 2013
Family Volunteer Day
The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Family Volunteer Day! It’s a good way to kick off the holiday season with giving and service. It is also a chance for families to spend time together helping their neighborhoods and communities.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to come up with your own ideas for ways your family can volunteer? We know how incredibly connected you are to things you are passionate about. And we know you guys MAKE things happen! So what would you do for Family Volunteer Day, if you were to mobilize your family?
Some ideas (with your parents’ permission, of course)
- Sell Rainbow Loom bracelets, or have a sidewalk bake sale (or hot chocolate stand if it’s wintery where you live). Donate the money to the Philippine Red Cross to help the victims of the devastating typhoon there.
- Have a “closet-cleaning day” and donate clothes and toys to a homeless shelter.
- Clean up a local park by picking up garbage, and recycling recyclables.
- Make cookies or crafts and bring your treats to a home for senior citizens.
- Collect gently used coats to donate to a shelter.
- Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor.
What are other good ideas for Family Volunteer Day? We wanna know!
Weekends are busy, but it only takes an hour or two to volunteer . . . and touch someone’s life or make a mark on our world. Let us know what YOU think in the Comments below!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
November 20, 2013
Floors Book #3: The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman
When the Whippet Hotel owner, the beloved Merganzer Whippet, takes Leo and Remi away with him on a “little adventure” for a week, Remi’s mother thinks nothing of it. “It’s Merganzer. How dangerous could it be?”
Boy, she had no clue! Remi and Leo were whisked away by a flying blimp which carried them to the top of the hotel to Merganzer’s headquarters – a field of wacky inventions. Merganzer has decided to combine his six hotels into one, and must appoint an “Emperor of all Whippet Hotels.” So he sets up a series of trials and puzzles inside the mysterious floors of the hotels to weed out the unworthy.
Who will come out on top? And who is secretly working for Ms. Sparks, the woman who is trying to take over the Whippet Hotel? Read and find out!
In an adventure full of magic and surprise (There may or may not be live mini-dinosaurs and gravity-defying puzzle arenas!), Leo and Remi explore the wonderful inventions of Merganzer’s mind come to life! What do you think of the conclusion to the Floors trilogy? Read the first chapter and let us know!
–Elysse, STACKS Writer
November 20, 2013
The Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey Meeting 2
Welcome back STACKS Book Club members to our second meeting devoted to the amazing Baby-sitters Club book, The Truth About Stacey. What a wild finish! Suspense, trickery, and above all, friendship! What did you think about the amazing ending? I know I loved it!
For those of you new to the STACKS Book Club, we’re always welcoming new members, so whether you joined the first BSC meeting or this is your first time, please join the conversation! Check out the discussion questions below and then head to the Comments to get talking! Continue reading
November 19, 2013
Don’t you love this adorable pine cone owl?
Fall is the perfect time for an outdoor nature walk. It’s also a perfect time for an indoor craft session. This Pine Cone Owl craft comes courtesy of the Scholastic Teachers site, and combines both in one happy, autumn craft. You can take a nature walk to gather the pine cones or buy them at a craft supplies store.
- 1 large pine cone
- Cotton balls
- Googly eyes
- Orange construction paper
- Gently pull apart a few cotton balls to make them fluffy.
- Stuff pieces of cotton into the grooves of the pine cone.
- Near the top of the pine cone, glue on two googly eyes.
- Fold a piece of orange construction paper in half, and cut a triangle on the crease. Glue it onto the owl, below the eyes, for the owl’s beak.
- Glue a few feathers on the sides of the owl and on its head.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
November 18, 2013
Name Your Device Day
iTouch, iPhone, iPad, tablet, Mac, PC, Kindle . . . chances are you spend time cozying up to your favorite device (that is when you’re not busy with school, family, sports, and a million other things). Well Wednesday, November 20th is officially known as “Name Your PC Day.” We thought we’d make it fun, and change it to “Name Your Device Day.”
C’mon, take the plunge. Let us know what you’d name your device! Or maybe you already have a nickname for your device? Let us know in the Comments below.
BONUS – what’s the device you use the most? Curious Splotters want to know!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
November 15, 2013
More Chronicles of Narnia are coming!
If you loved the first three movies (like I did), you’ll be excited to hear that it’s been officially announced: the fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, The Silver Chair, is going to be made into a movie! Though there’s no date set just yet for when the movie will come out in theaters, Narnia fans are all just really happy to know that it is on its way.
For those of you who haven’t read the book (yet), The Silver Chair follows Eustace and his best friend Jill, who escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor . . . or does it? Once again, Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face to face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.
The Silver Chair is also the first book without the Kings and Queens of Old (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy), who were played by William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley.
Are you a Narnia fan? Take our Chronicles of Narnia trivia quiz to test your knowledge on all things Narnia! Afterwards, you can check your answers here. In case you missed it, the STACKS’ very own Sonja went to the premiere of the last Chronicles of Narnia movie premiere in London–read all about her super-fun adventure. And don’t forget to check out these video interviews with Will Poulter (who plays Eustace Stubb) and Georgie Henley (who played Lucy).
Are you excited for the new movie? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!
–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer