September 10, 2016

Create a Caption: Monkey

Posted by at 1:57 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a captionSometimes I think I should work a little less and make a few more friends — because I find myself talking to my stuffed animal friend, Monkey, a lot.

I guess Monkey was thinking the same, because one day I came home and found him working on the computer! I can’t imagine what he was thinking — can you?

Monkey Thoughts
Photo Credit: Davin Cheng

Leave a comment telling me what you think Monkey was thinking — or what he said after I saw him!

— Nancy

September 9, 2016

Book Review: A Mango-Shaped Space

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Imagine if  words and sounds drew colored shapes in front of your eyes — wonderful colors no one else could  see!

It’s called synesthesia and it’s what Mia, the main character and narrator of A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass has been hiding from everyone (even her best friend!) since she was 8-years-old, when she was called a “freeeeaaak!” (She was at the chalkboard for math and offered to put the numbers in their correct colors. Because we all know what those correct colors are, right? Wrong-o! The classroom laughed and pointed. Sad.)

Mia finally has to come clean five years later when she’s nearly failing Math and Spanish. See, the colors get her confused. Like, if the English word “mother” is purpley-red but the Spanish word “madre” is green — it doesn’t make sense they’re the same thing, right? Of course everyone thinks she’s nuts or sick with an incurable disease. Even her best friend is miffed.

I’d easily recommend this book. We all feel like freaks about something, and I like the fact that Mia learns more about herself, meets people who have similar colorful visions, and understands she doesn’t have to hide it. In fact, she finds that once people understand, they think it’s cool. (I wonder what color my name is!)

Let me know what you think!

— Jessica, Scholastic.com Staffer

September 8, 2016

Eric Luper Reading Superhero

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EricLuperEric Luper is the author of the Key Hunters series. He loves excitement and is always looking for his next adventure. Eric has been on a tour of the ultra-secret PEZ® headquarters, rebuilt a castle in France, explored the tunnels under Paris and Istanbul, escaped hungry crocodiles in Costa Rica, and rafted down the Colorado River. He lives with his family in Albany, New York.

And . . . he is a reading superhero! Read his story to find out how he became a reading superhero, and how YOU can too!

Read Eric Luper Reading Superhero!

September 7, 2016

Books Whose Titles Are Too Short

Posted by at 1:30 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Have you noticed a lot of book titles have the main character’s first and last names in them? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.

So I thought it would be fun to re-title some of my old favorite books whose titles are just too short:

Holes Holes becomes . . .Stanley Yelnats Breaks the Family Curse
Walktwomoons Walk Two Moons becomes . . .Salamanca Tree Hiddle Goes on a Journey to Search for Her Mother
Hoot _10552675 Hoobecomes . . .Roy Eberhardt Saves the Owls
Swindle Swindle becomes . . .Griffin Bing Pulls Off the Heist of the Century
Tangerine Tangerine becomes . . .Paul Fisher Thinks His Parents Are Lying to Him

What new titles would YOU make up for your favorite books?

— Sonja

August 31, 2016

Scholastic Kids Press Corps Needs YOU

Posted by at 1:53 am in Kid Power, News | Permalink

Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsAre you a kid with a nose for news? Kids between the ages of 10 and 14 can apply NOW to be a part of the 2016-2017 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, the country’s oldest and largest student reporting program.

About the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps
The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is a group of talented young reporters from across the country. For more than 14 years, Scholastic News Kid Reporters have covered “news for kids, by kids.” Their stories appear online at the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website and in select issues of Scholastic classroom magazines, which reach more than 25 million students in classrooms nationwide. The Kid Reporters have made news by interviewing journalists, politicians, entertainers, authors, and sports stars.

The annual selection of Kid Reporters is based on writing ability, interviewing skills, and attention to detail.The application can be downloaded here.

Completed applications must be postmarked by September 23, 2016.

August 30, 2016

School Supplies Poll

Posted by at 1:50 am in Polls | Permalink

What Is Your Most-Needed Back-to-School Item?

It’s a new school year and that means new school supplies. Do you need awesome pens and writing instruments, school clothes, or locker decorations?

school supplies poll

Pens Flickr photo by Ariel Grimm. Locker photo courtesy The Container Store

Vote for your favorite school supply in the comments. Happy new school year!

Sonja

 

August 29, 2016

Find the Dolphin Picture Puzzle

Posted by at 1:49 am in Games | Permalink

Find the Dolphin!

You know those pictures where everything looks the same, but you have to find the thing that is different? Well, we’ve got one for you that I drew myself!

Look at this big flock of seagulls and see if you can find the dolphin hiding in there.

dolphin

Did you find it? Tell us in the Comments what you think of my picture puzzle!

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August 24, 2016

Books for Going to a New School

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Summer vacation may be over, but the fun is just beginning—welcome back to school, everyone! The first day of school can be really daunting especially if you are in a new school: Will you like your new teachers? Will you make new friends? Did you wear the right outfit?! But there is no need to fret. You’re going to have the best year ever. I can just feel it! In the meantime, start your year off on the right foot with these wacky, moving, and fun books that will give you the courage to face a new year in a new school.

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Some homework assignments can be a real drag. Some can change your life. When Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mom and starts at a new school, he struggles to fit in and make new friends. He’s also really angry at his dad for leaving him and his mom. But an assignment to write to his favorite author–in Leigh’s case, Boyd Henshaw–leads to an unexpected friendship that will both give Leigh hope and open his eyes to the world around him.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

If you’re like me, every fall you wait anxiously for your Hogwarts acceptance letter to arrive (I’ll probably be waiting until I’m 99!). In the meantime, no fall is complete without revisiting Hogwarts through the amazing, amazing Harry Potter books! Join this unlikely hero as he is plunged into the mysterious and exciting world of witchcraft and wizardry, making the most unexpected of friends and fighting the greatest force of evil to have ever existed.

Dork Diaries

Phew! There’s drama from day one for Nikki Maxwell at her new school, and it doesn’t show any sign of letting up soon. Mean girls, crushes, new friends, and annoying little sisters–eighth grade looks like it’s going to be a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. But Nikki knows how to have a good laugh, and you will too while you read this hilarious, heartwarming book!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Greg Heffley is having a pretty wild and wacky first year of middle school. He has bully woes, friendship woes, family woes…all he wants to do is stay at home and play video games! Sadly, that’s definitely not how he’s going to spend the rest of the year. Instead, he’ll be getting into all sorts of wacky, hilarious messes (both with and without his best friend Rowley) and learn what being a middle schooler is really all about.

Matilda

Matilda is a genius. Unfortunately, her parents don’t appreciate or even acknowledge her brilliance–they just see her as annoying. Things at school aren’t much better, and when Matilda catches the eye of the sinister headmistress Miss Trunchbull, things take a turn for the worse. That’s when Matilda discovers that she actually possesses a remarkable gift…and she’s going to use it to turn her life around!

Schooled

Capricorn—better known as Cap—has never been to a real school before. Until his grandmother was hospitalized, he was homeschooled by her on a farm commune. Now he’s been taken in by a social worker and has to attend school for the first time in his life. Cap’s strangeness makes him a target for bullying, but he’s not about to react in the way anyone expects…and he’s going to change the lives of a lot of people in some very unexpected ways!

Spy School

Ben Ripley has always known what he wants to be when he grows up: a spy for the CIA. But Ben is hardy suave spy material—he’s awkward and nerdy, and he’s better in the classroom than he is at espionage. So he’s very surprised to learn that he’s been recruited into a top-secret  junior CIA academy…until he learns it’s been a case of mistaken identity. Nonetheless, Ben is determined to prove that he really does have it takes to be a spy!

What is YOUR favorite book about being in a new school? Did we miss one? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

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