March 13, 2015

Mimi Kirkland Answers Your Questions

Mimi KirklandThe adorable Mimi Kirkland who plays Lily on Austin & Ally answers your questions.

Q: How old are you?
Mimi: I am 10 years old.

Q: When you first came on Austin & Ally how excited were you?
Mimi: It just happened to be my 10th birthday when I got the call that I would be playing Lily on Austin & Ally. I started screaming and jumping for joy!! It was the best birthday ever!! I have seen every Austin & Ally episode so it was a dream come true to find out I would be working and acting with them.

Q: How long does it take to make 1 episode?
Mimi: It takes one week to film one episode.

Mimi Kirkland and Laura Marano

Photo courtesy Disney Channel

Q: How would you describe each of your co-stars?
Mimi: Laura: Sweet and nice.
Raini: Exciting and energetic.
Ross: Musical and cool
Calum: Funny and entertaining.

Q: Do you have to memorize your lines or do people hold up cards?
Mimi: We have to memorize our lines.

Q: When did you start acting? Do you like singing? Can you give me some tips?
Mimi: When I was on stage at my preschool graduation, I was 5 years old and the teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I said I wanted to be an actress so my parents found an agent in Raleigh, NC. I’ve had to audition for over 150 roles. Yes, I love to sing. Be yourself, be confident, and have fun! Keep working towards what you love because there is always something that you have to sacrifice to pursue your dream and it’s not always easy. Stick with it and stay positive!

Q: What are the names of your sisters?
Mimi: Coley & Kate

Q: What do you do in your free time? Do you like to read?
Mimi: I love to read!!! I also like playing outside, swimming, riding my bike, dancing and playing with my friends and my sisters.

Q: What is another talent you have besides acting?
Mimi: I like to sing and dance. I’m currently taking hip hop and ballet.

Q: Do you like pizza?
Mimi: YES! Cheese pizza, regular crust!

Q: What’s your favorite color?
Mimi: Green.

Q: Why does Ally never like anyone to touch her song book?
Mimi: I really don’t know why. Maybe because she writes personal things in her song book and it’s more like a journal.

March 12, 2015

Drop the Drama

Posted by at 1:51 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!World Peace Starts at Home!

The most important issue in the world today is terrorism and violence. Terrorism is when a group of people does terrible things to people around them. Terrorism can happen anywhere, but right now it is occurring in the Middle East in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.

I hear about these acts of terrorism and feel bad for the victims, and I had an idea about what I could do to help this issue. The idea is to make peace within my own community. We can’t expect to have peace in the Middle East if two kids can’t resolve arguments calmly at school.Drop the drama

Adults should be setting an example for their kids. Since kids look up to adults as a guide, they should see that peaceful problem solving works better than making a huge drama about something. With problem solving, you forget the issue sooner than with a huge drama. I know adults can get all wrapped up in problems that are only little, just like kids do. I’ve also seen adults resolve things peacefully between themselves. A good example of this is my dad. Work can present disagreements for him, but he is always so calm when he talks about his day that I know he is very good at problem solving.

This idea would make a difference because kids don’t always think of other possibilities when they have a problem. They often get wrapped up in the argument and how they are “so right” that they don’t ever try to resolve it. If their parents practiced better resolutions of problems in front of them, kids might think of it when they have disputes with people.

While one person can’t stop terrorism, if everyone tried as a whole world, we could. Even if terrorism continues for years to come, this will still make a difference within our communities, schools, and within ourselves for just as many years. Even if this idea of rational problem solving doesn’t work immediately, it will definitely work long-term and make the world a better place.

Go to the Save the Planet Message Board to discuss YOUR ideas to help create world peace.

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

March 11, 2015

Neon Aliens Ate My Homework by Nick Cannon

Posted by at 1:22 am in Reads | Permalink

Neon Aliens Ate My HomeworkA New Poetry Book by Nick Cannon

Check out a new Nick Cannon book titled Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. Filled with humor and heart, this book rhymes its way through a world filled with fantastical robots and dinosaurs, mean lunch ladies, terrifying babysitters and a vegetarian who’s had one too many bowls of beans. Check out an excerpt here!

NeonAlien.Spread

March 10, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure Part 2

Posted by at 11:38 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

shamrocksChoose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Story Part 2

Last week, I gave you Part 1 of this 3-part story. Get ready for Part 2 . . .

You’re too curious, so you approach the horse. It takes a few steps towards you, and then circles around and starts to trot out over the water! This glowing horse is walking on water. You’re way fascinated now, so you walk out after it, but you definitely don’t have the ability to walk on the lake. Pretty soon, you’re up to your knees in water. And it’s pretty cold.

“Wait!” you shout.

The horse stops and turns back to look at you. It comes back, hooves dancing delicately above the surface of the lake. When it reaches you, it kneels and nudges you with its nose. As if by instinct, you climb onto the horse’s back. It rises again and begins to walk out onto the lake. Continue reading

March 9, 2015

No Matter How Old I Get . . .

Posted by at 1:46 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing promptWriting Prompt: No matter how old I get. . . 

Some things will never change. You love it now, and you always will. It’s your “forever” or something you are so sure about in your heart that you know it will never change! For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .

No matter how old I get, I will always… (love Harry Potter, sleep with my bunny, be best friends with_______, play basketball)

Serious, silly, or somewhere in between, let us know in the Comments below!

- Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 5, 2015

Hand and Hand Anti-Bullying Club

Posted by at 1:45 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!Join the Hand and Hand Anti-Bullying Club

Bullying is such a big problem for kids, so we started a club to help you deal with it. Go to the STACK Back Message Board and tell us your stories of being bullied. If you don’t want to go into detail you don’t have to. We are here for you though.

My story: I’ve been bullied almost every year in school. I was tired of it and needed to do something about it. My best friend Layla and I created this organization to help people like us. This is for YOU GUYS.

Join us here!

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

March 4, 2015

Annie DVD Giveaway

Posted by at 1:08 am in Celebrities | Permalink

Extra!Attention, all Annie fans!

We are offering you a special opportunity for a chance to enter to win a DVD copy of the Annie movie (rated PG) starring Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan.

But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.

Quevenzhane Wallis as Annie

Quevenzhane Wallis as Annie

So right now you may be thinking. . .

YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!

ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we send you a newsletter full of polls, quizzes, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter for a chance to win that DVD now. How do I enter?

ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you must wait until March 13 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?

Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

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

March 2, 2015

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Story

Posted by at 12:31 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

shamrocksChoose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Day Story

This morning, you found out your two so-called best friends, Megan and Kelly, are going to be co-leading the presentation in the school St. Patrick’s Day festival . . . and you’ve been assigned to dress up as a bearded leprechaun. Ugh!

You were hoping that you could be a part of the Irish Step Dancing troupe, but when assignments were announced today, you found out that Megan and Kelly would be dancing with Tommy instead. And you three were supposed to be best friends! So you’ll be leading the “folklore” segment of the presentation, whatever that means, and you are definitely NOT a happy camper. The costume alone makes you want to hide under a million blankets until March 18th. Continue reading

March 2, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Name Generator

Posted by at 1:36 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

shamrocksWhat’s Your Leprechaun Name?

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and we want you to be ready with your leprechaun name in case you meet a leprechaun! Here’s how it works. Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your leprechaun first name. Then look at the list of the numbers below and pick your luckiest number. That word is your leprechaun last name. For example, my name begins with an S and my lucky number is 10, so my leprechaun name would be Goldie McElfin.

  • A-Dancing
  • B-Buckles
  • C-Pixie
  • D-Misty
  • E-Jolly
  • F-Toadstool
  • G-Wee
  • H-Clover
  • I-Blarney
  • J-Emerald
  • K-Twirling
  • L-Twee
  • M-Windy
  • N-Greenie
  • O-Fiddle
  • P-Lucky
  • Q-Fortune
  • R-Blackthorn
  • S-Goldie
  • T-Peevish
  • U-Jig
  • V-Leaping
  • W-Mischief
  • X- Paddy
  • Y-Magic
  • Z-Wishes
  1. McTrickster
  2. O’Cobbler
  3. O’Rainbow
  4. McSprite
  5. McGolden
  6. McCharm
  7. O’Lucky
  8. O’Looney
  9. McShoemaker
  10. McElfin

Hope you have a fun and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer