May 12, 2016

Stephen Curry

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Stephen Curry

Many people know Stephen Curry for his amazing shots, but if you really pay attention to him, he is also an amazing dribbler. I have always admired Stephen Curry, and I think he is one of the best basketball players to play in the NBA. He was the 1st round, 7th pick by the Golden State Warriors in 2009.

He is 6’3″ and 190 pounds, which is pretty small to be playing against some guys that can be up to seven feet tall and weigh close to 300 pounds. Even with his height disadvantage, Curry was still the NBA MVP last year, and his team also won the NBA championship. He has changed the way people think about the NBA because he is a normal-sized guy, but he can play with the best of them, including LeBron James. I’m sure he has inspired some athletes who are not necessarily big or tall to consider playing in the NBA.

Stephen Curry started playing basketball when he was a young boy. His brother, Seth, helped him practice a lot. I believe that Stephen Curry is a phenomenal basketball player, a great athlete, and a great influence for a lot of people. I may never be even close to as tall as he is, but Stephen Curry has influenced me to live my dream, to play basketball.

Leah, Scholastic Kids Council

May 11, 2016

Pokémon Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:46 am in Games, Would You Rather | Permalink

We know a lot of you love Pokémon, as we saw in our recent Most Powerful Pokémon post.

If you’re not familiar with the power of Pokéman,  they are fictional creatures that humans catch and train to battle each other for sport. And with just around 722 Pokémon characters to choose from  – spanning games, TV series, movies, and comics – it’s hard to pick a favorite! Whether you’re a seasoned Pokéfan, just discovering Pokémon, take a poke at our Pokémon Would You Rather.

Would You Rather . . . 

  1. Be in a Pokémon cartoon OR video game?
  2. Be Dialga (the steel dragon) and be able to warp time by speeding it up and slowing it down, OR Palkia (the water dragon) and be able to warp space, and travel to other dimensions?
  3. Have the power to copy your foe’s ability (Trace) OR the power to make your foe infatuated with you (Cute Charm)?
  4. Have Mega Kangaskhan OR Mega Rayquaza be your battle BFF?
  5. Have the power to turn your enemy to ice with an icy punch OR make your enemy fall asleep?
  6. The winner of the cutest Pokémon is . . . Pikachu OR Eevee?
  7. Be a “god” like Arceus OR a “beast” like Deoxys?
  8. Win a Pokémon playing card tournament OR Pokémon video game tournament?

Let us know your answers, and your Pokémon Would You Rather questions in the Comments below!

-Ratha

May 10, 2016

Dr. KittyCat Pet Poll

Posted by at 1:49 am in Polls | Permalink

Calling All Pet Lovers!

Dr. KittyCat is one wacky, totally purr-fect cat and the star of an awesome book series for ages 7-10. Which pet do YOU think should be featured in a mock illustration for Dr. KittyCat Book #1?

Take a look at these striking pets and leave your vote in the Comments below!

Wee Willie Cat 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

May 9, 2016

Which Marvel Hero Are You?

Posted by at 1:25 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

Who is your Marvel alter ego?Marvel Super Heroes Personality Quiz

In the spirit of being a reading superhero for this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, I’ve created a quiz to help you find your inner superhero based on The Avengers.

So what do you think? Would you be the great Captain America, the powerful and Incredible Hulk, the god of lightning, Thor, the ultimate fighting machine, Iron Man, or the expert spy, Black Widow? Answer the questions below and find out for yourself.

  1. Which characteristic do you relate to the most? a) Loyalty. b) Patience. c) Leadership. d) Genius. e) Athleticism.
  2. Your favorite color is . . . a) blue. b) green. c) red. d) yellow. e) black.
  3. If you saw an old lady crossing the street with heavy bags, you would . . .  a) help her carry her bags because it’s the polite thing to do. b) smash all the cars around her to make sure she gets across the street safely. c) send someone to go help her. d) pick her and her bags up and fly her across the street. e) you want to help but you really can’t because you’re already running late.
  4. If you could have any super power in the world, it would be . . . a) phenomenal endurance and fast brain capacity. b) great size and strength. c) ability to control thunder and lightning. d) flying e) amazing speed and agility… all natural talent.
  5. If you were stranded on an island, what would you choose to have with you? a) A strong shield. b) Nothing! Just my hands will do. c) A box of matches. d) Flashlight. e) A knife.
  6. What is your favorite school subject? a) History. b) Science. c) English. d) Math. e) Gym.
  7. Pick the book or series you like most. a) I Survived by Lauren Tarshis. b)The Quantum League by Matthew J. Kirby. c) Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. d) Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. e) Lawless by Jeffrey Salane.
  8. What is your spirit animal? a) Falcon. b) Panda. c) Lion. d) Wolf. e) Leopard.
  9. What are you good at? a) Being popular. b) Watching TV. c) Giving advice to my friends. d) Getting good grades at school. e) Pretty much everything.
  10. If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be? a) Vanilla. b) Chunky Monkey. c) Cookies and Cream. d) Coffee Caramel. e) Strawberry Shortcake.
  11. Would you rather… a) use your power for good. b) keep your power a secret. c) use your power to rule the world. d) show off your power to your friends. e) use your power for evil.

Answers: Continue reading

May 6, 2016

High School Musical 4 Dream Cast

Posted by at 12:21 pm in Movies & TV | Permalink

HSMWildcats everywhere, wave your hands up in the air!!

If you, like me, are a High School Musical SUPER-FAN, you are probably SUPER-PSYCHED that High School Musical 4 is in the works. That’s right, everyone: we’re going back to East High! While Gabriella and Troy graduated some time ago (from college now, too), the new generation of East High students are just sliding into their seats in time for the first bell. What we can expect: A whirlwind of new musical numbers, wow-worthy dance sequences, and heartwarming moments. What’s still up in the air: Who’s going to be the new girl? Who’s going to be the star athlete? Who’s going to be the diva-in-charge??

Disney is looking for brand-new actors and actresses to star in this latest sequel. (There is an open audition in Anaheim, CA on May 15.) but we thought it couldn’t hurt to come up with the perfect cast based on the stars we already know and love. Behold: our very own dream cast for High School Musical 4!

The Star Athlete – Blake Michael. If you’ve ever seen Dog with a Blog or Lemonade Mouth, you already know that Blake is incredibly likeable and charming . . . and he can definitely sing! He’d be perfect to play the role of the fun-loving, all-around popular dude, and Troy would be proud to pass the baton to this (really handsome) star on the rise.

The New Girl – China Anne McClain! If you were a fan of A.N.T. Farm, you KNOW this girl can sing (and dance, and play a lot of musical instruments. Is there anything she CAN’T do?). Of course, she was meant to star in a musical! And while she’s more outgoing than Gabriella from the originals, China has her sweetness and a really fun, exciting attitude that would bring fresh energy to the role.

The Queen Bee – Sabrina Carpenter of Girl Meets World. This talented singer-songwriter is already on her way to musical stardom, and she totally has that star quality pizzazz—a lot like Sharpay from the original movies! She’d bring loads of humor and fun, with a healthy dose of heart.

The Shy Genius – Louriza Tronco of Make it Pop. It would be really cool to see Louriza take on a role like Ryan’s from the original High School Musical movies, since she’s a great dancer and is passionate about style—much like Ryan was!

The Loyal Bestie – Jordan Fisher from Teen Beach 2. In addition to wowing us in Teen Beach 2, Jordan also did an AMAZING job in Grease: Live! He can definitely take on a role like Chad’s: a high-energy, super-passionate bestie who can motivate anyone, from his buddy to an entire stadium of basketball fans.

The Supergirl – Sofia Carson from Descendants. While her character Evie in Descendants was not exactly the biggest fan of following the rules, Sofia definitely has the great sense of humor it takes to play the part of the driven, super-smart yearbook editor/scholastic decathlon team captain/class president/BFF the new girl needs to keep her grounded—just like Taylor!

What do you think? Who would be in YOUR dream cast of High School Musical 4? Let us know your thoughts and picks in the Comments below.

Yours in singing High School Musical songs all day, every day, until the new movie comes out,

En-Szu

May 5, 2016

Mother's Day Breakfast In Bed Ideas

Posted by at 12:03 pm in Kid Power | Permalink

Happy Mother's DayMake a Mother’s Day Breakfast!

With Mother’s Day this weekend, have you thought about what you are going to do to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her? If you still haven’t got a clue, here’s an awesome plan that you, your siblings, and your dad can do for the ultimate Mother’s Day gift from the heart.

On the menu is a classic breakfast of toast, eggs, strawberries, and any other cereal or yogurt you know your mom loves. What makes this breakfast uber-adorable is the heart-shaped toast and strawberries. Here’s how to make them:

Heart toast

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1. Heart-shaped toast with egg
Ok, so here’s where art class might come in handy. Grab a piece of toast and use a butter knife to cut out a big heart shape in the center. Have a grown-up help you turn the stove to medium high and add butter to a non-stick pan. Place the bread with the cut out heart on the pan and slowly crack an egg into the middle of the heart shape, making sure the egg whites fill out the area. Cook as desired, either on one side or flip to get both sides cooked.

Strawberry hearts

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2. Heart-shaped strawberries
Have you ever noticed that strawberries look like hearts? They could make the cutest fruit garnish to top off Mom’s favorite bowl of cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt. To do this, hold the strawberry so that the flatter and wider side faces you. Have a grown-up help you cut the leafy stem off in a v-shape. Then carefully slice the strawberry down the middle, in the opposite direction of the v-shape, so that the strawberry looks like a heart.

Make sure you do a few trial runs first to perfect your technique. Also, don’t forget to wake up a little early that day before Mom wakes up so you have time to prepare. She’ll love waking up to a big breakfast surprise made by YOU.

Let us know YOUR good ideas for Mother’s Day!

-Sandy

 

May 5, 2016

Baseball Books

Posted by at 1:37 am in Reads | Permalink

Baseball Books for Kids Aged 7-12

The Hero Two Doors Down: A Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend by Sharon Robinson for Ages 8-12
Based on the true story of a boy in Brooklyn who became neighbors and friends with his hero, Jackie Robinson. The year is 1948, and Stephen Satlow, a local Jewish boy, is an avid Brooklyn Dodgers’ fan but a mediocre athlete, at best. When Jackie Robinson moves into his predominantly Jewish neighborhood and befriends Steve, his status changes instantly.
Their bond deepens when Jackie commits a well-intentioned blunder. He mistakenly gives Steve’s family a Christmas tree. As the tension clears, acceptance of Jackie’s gift of the tree becomes symbolic of two families from different religious and cultural backgrounds finding common ground. The friendship between the two families grows over the next few decades, when enormous social changes sweep the nation.

Little Rhino #1: My New Team by Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard; Illustrated by Erwin Madrid for Ages 7–10
From Major League Baseball superstar Ryan Howard and his wife, Krystle, this exciting new series is a fun read for sports and book fans alike.One afternoon, after a long day of second grade, Little Rhino comes home to find out that Grandpa James has signed him up for a baseball league. Little Rhino will finally be a part of a team. But Little Rhino will quickly learn that it is not always so easy to be a good teammate, especially when there’s a bully wearing the same uniform as you. See also the other Little Rhino books.

The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang for Ages 8–12
Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers who bond over back lot games and talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to matter. Is that true? Peter wonders if just maybe the game they love can pull them together and bring them back, safe at home.

Game Changers #3: Heavy Hitters by Mike Lupica for Ages 8-12
Ben and his friends, the Core Four Plus One, are so excited to play in their town’s All-Star Baseball league. But in the first game of the season, Ben gets hit by a pitch. It’s never happened to him before and it shakes him up. Another player on Ben’s team, Justin, is acting really strange. Ben has known Justin for a while and they’re friendly, but he’s not one of Ben’s closest “boys.” Justin is the team’s best hitter, but his behavior on and off the field is erratic.
Ben discovers that Justin’s parents are getting a divorce and Justin is thinking about quitting the team. Like good teammates do, Justin helps Ben deal with his hitting issues while Ben is there for his friend while his family is struggling.

42: The Jackie Robinson Story by Aaron Rosenberg for Ages 8-12
This novel is based on the movie 42—a biopic about Jackie Robinson’s history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African American Major League Baseball player.

Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones for Ages 7-10
Riley is awful at sports. He wants to quit the baseball team, but his dad won’t let him give up. So when one bad swing brings a three-legged dog into his life, Riley feels like he’s been thrown a curveball. How can he take care of a dog and make his dad proud? Champ is a former champion show dog. But when the accident that leaves him with Riley also leaves him with three legs, this dog has to learn some new tricks. Can Champ show Riley that winning doesn’t always mean coming in first? Together, Riley and Champ make a great team, but not everyone thinks so. Could they be separated?

Down to the Last Out: The Journal of Biddy Owens, The Negro Leagues by Walter Dean Myers for Ages 8-12
Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens is part of the Birmingham Black Barons baseball team and dreams of becoming a Major League Baseball player. However, in 1948 most black players can only play for the Negro Leagues. Jackie Robinson has just recently integrated and is playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but the white owners are reluctant to add too many blacks to their rosters. The Birmingham Black Barons are some of the best players in the league. But as they travel around playing ball, Biddy realizes that not everyone is ready for blacks and whites to play on the same team. Can Biddy prove he’s good enough to be part of the game he loves, no matter what color his skin is?

Plunked by Michael Northrop for Ages 8-12
When a young slugger gets hit by a pitch, he needs more than practice to get back his game.
Jack Mogens thinks he’s got it all figured out: he has his batting routine down, and now that he’s in sixth grade, he has a lock on a starting spot in Little League. (Well, almost. Okay, not really. It’s a two-man race, though, so he has a shot.) And if he can manage to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, his team’s killer shortstop, he’ll be golden. But when a powerful stray pitch turns his world upside down, Jack discovers it’s going to take more than a love of baseball to get back his game.

May 4, 2016

Star Wars Day

Posted by at 1:35 am in News | Permalink

star wars the force awakensMay 4 Is Star Wars Day! 

To celebrate, go play the Jedi Trainer Game!

I don’t know why May 4th is Star Wars Day. It seems like such a random date. Nevertheless, I speak for Yoda and all the Jedi knights when I say, “May the 4th be with you!”

Star Wars Heroes book cover

What do YOU think Yoda is saying on this book cover? Leave your caption in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Yoda image © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ® or TM where indicated. All rights reserved.

May 3, 2016

10 Problems Only People Who Play an Instrument Understand

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

10 Problems Only People Who Play an Instrument Understand

Do you play an instrument? Are you one of those fabulously talented people who can transform an empty room into an instant dance party? Well, we know it’s not easy being awesome, so this Top Ten List is for you! We’ve compiled a list of top 10 problems only people who play an instrument understand.

  1. Spit valves and emptying your spit. (Eww).
  2. What to wear to the band concert.
  3. Messing up your solo at the band concert!
  4. Your saxophone, backpack, and athletic gear take up an ENTIRE school bus seat.
  5. Saying this to your friends: “I can’t come over today. I have to practice.”
  6. Short nails (sorry violin players).
  7. When you have to rehearse a song that you hate over and over and over . . . and over again.
  8. A broken string at the worst possible time.
  9. When your little brother “practices” on your trumpet.
  10. Demands to perform at every family gathering.

What about you guys? Do you play an instrument? Let us know some of YOUR problems in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Writer

May 2, 2016

Celebrity Names Scramble

Posted by at 1:25 am in Movies & TV, Trivia | Permalink

Unscramble the Celebrity Names!

Can you unscramble the letters to figure out the names of these celebs? You should recognize a lot of these famous people from their STACKS interviews!

Male Celebs:

  1. Cjak Frifog
  2. Narka Abarr
  3. Acje Nnomar
  4. Rhaorisn Dfor
  5. Kacj Lckab

Female Celebs:

  1. Voed Maceonr
  2. Yzdneaa Lconema
  3. Wnroa Hlanbcard
  4. Alaur Amanro
  5. Npeyto Islt

Are you stumped? Here are the answers: Continue reading