June 12, 2015

Fantastic Beasts Will Star Eddie Redmayne

Posted by at 2:34 pm in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFantastic Beast Cast Announcement!

Last year, we gave you news of J.K. Rowling’s next wizarding world movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The movie is coming to theaters in November 2016, and we finally have our Newt Scamander: Eddie Redmayne!

“I’m hugely excited,” Redmayne told the London Evening Standard. “J.K. Rowling’s a genius, I am so thrilled to be a part of it but I can’t say a single word beyond that . . . I’ve always loved that world and I feel thrilled to be invited into it.”

33-year-old Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England. Eddie is one of five children. He took drama lessons from a young age. His first stage appearance was as a workhouse boy in Oliver! in London’s West End.

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Les Miserables photo courtesy Universal Pictures

In 2012, he co-starred in the musical Les Misérables (rated PG-13) as Marius Pontmercy.

In 2014, he played scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (rated PG-13), and won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor.

J. K. Rowling said herself on Twitter that she is “Thrilled that Eddie Redmayne will be starring in Fantastic Beasts. He’ll be a perfect Newt Scamander!”

With his red hair and freckles, he totally could have been a Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, but that never happened. Either way, I’m excited to see him in Fantastic Beasts, and just basically really, REALLY excited to see this movie!

What do you think? Does he look like Newt Scamander to you? Are you excited? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

June 12, 2015

Introducing the June STACKS Star

Posted by at 12:13 pm in Kid Power | Permalink

Stacks starsMeet MermaidAthena542!

This month, our STACKS Star is MermaidAthena542. This Star loves gymnastics, skiing, and swimming. Her hobbies include reading, acting, kicking back with friends, and surfing the net. She never leaves home without her cell phone, gum, and a favorite book. Some of the many things she can do include rubbing her belly and patting her head at the same time, eating a whole pizza by herself, twirling a baton, whistling, and winking. ;) She plans to read The Book Thief (for ages 12 and up) this summer, and she has very strong opinions about Dracmione (Draco Malfoy + Hermione Granger as a couple).

Would YOU like a chance to become the next STACKS Star? All you have to do is answer the questions below and I will pick one random user to be featured in the July STACKS Blast newsletter. Don’t forget to update your profile and avatar to make it look your best!

  1. What is your STACKS screen name?
  2. What is the coolest thing you have done or will do this summer?
  3. Who is your favorite person in the world and why?
  4. Finish this sentence: The best part about summer is . . .

To get you all inspired, here are my answers:

  1. CleverPiglet15
  2. The coolest thing I have done this summer is go horseback riding through the countryside in South Carolina.
  3. My favorite person in the world is my dad. He’s an amazing cook with a kind heart and he loves me unconditionally.
  4. The best part about summer is that there’s never a bad time or place to eat ice cream!

Leave your answers in the Comments. I can’t wait to see your answers so start typing away!

Sandy, STACKS Staffer

June 11, 2015

The Awesomeness of Duct Tape

Posted by at 8:37 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!Duct Tape by Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

My duct tape collection is one of my favorite things. Making things out of duct tape is a simple craft that doesn’t require much skill at first. You develop skills as you go. My first duct tape wallet wasn’t that good. It had a lot of wrinkles and it was sticky on top. With practice, my wallets look pretty awesome now.

Duct tape comes in a lot of interesting colors and prints. It is fun to mix and match, and it’s fun to follow the new designs that come out. My favorite duct tape is the Minions print. Some others that I like are Olaf, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Peace Love and Smiles, flying pigs, burlap, ducks, and a pretty rainbow chevron design.
duct tapeI recommend looking at The Art of Duck Tape website if you want to learn more about duct tape. Have you ever made anything out of duct tape? Tell me in the Comments.

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

 

June 9, 2015

Boredom Personality Quiz

Posted by at 4:37 pm in Personality Quiz | Permalink

question marksWhat Should You Do When You’re Bored?

It’s summertime! Even if your schedule is packed to the rafters with camping trips, pool parties, concerts, theme parks, and more, chances are you’ll find yourself with at least an hour or two of downtime . . . so what do you do? Don’t let boredom bring you down! Take our handy-dandy Boredom Personality Quiz and find out what activity YOU should do to keep the boredom at bay. You’re in for one very fun summer!

  1. Your favorite pizza is . . .  a) extra cheese. b) plain. c) pepperoni. d) veggie. e) something you’ve never tried before.
  2. Your dream fictional creature pet would be . . .  a) a unicorn. b) a talking mouse. c) Pegasus. d) a phoenix. e) a dragon.
  3. Your dream digs would be . . .  a) a castle by the sea. b) a quiet cottage in the woods. c) a farm. d) an apartment in a busy city. e) nowhere in particular–your dream is to travel, not settle down!
  4. You are most drawn to the color . . .  a) blue. b) grey. c) yellow. d) green. e) red.
  5. You are most grossed out by . . .  a) people who are mean to other people. b) people with really bad table manners. c) people who complain. d) blood! e) dirty dishes.
  6. You deal with frustrating situations by . . .  a) taking a deep breath and trying to be patient. b) avoiding them!!! c) sticking by your convictions no matter what. d) finding a creative solution that makes everyone happy. e) getting someone else to help you stay positive.
  7. You watch TV and movies . . .  a) a few hours a month. b) hardly ever. You can go weeks without TV and somehow survive! c) a few hours a day. d) only when it’s a show or movie you really, really want to see. e) a few hours a week.
  8. When out shopping, you . . .  a) get things in a style you know you already like. b) get things that are comfortable. c) pick out the trendiest stuff you possibly can! d) go for new styles and looks you haven’t tried. e) zero in on the active gear.
  9. When something embarrassing happens you . . . a) get really mad, but cool off quickly and forget about it a few days later. b) hide in your room until you think most people have forgotten. c) laugh along with everyone. d) write about it in your journal until you feel better . . . . about a week later. e) do something awesome that will make everyone forget how embarrassing that was!
  10. Your favorite subject in school is . . . a) Computers. b) Language Arts. c) Science. d) Art. e) Math.

Keep reading for the results! Continue reading

June 8, 2015

Why a Pen Is the Most Important Thing in the World

Posted by at 4:37 pm in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Make a difference!Izzy’s Favorite Thing: A Pen!

I find it extremely hard to write about my favorite thing, because there are so many things in my life penthat I could choose. However, I have chosen to write about a pen.

Yes, I know that to most people a pen is extremely boring, but, to me, it symbolizes possibility. There are so many things you can do with a pen. You could write a novel or a song. Record information and data, or draw a masterpiece.

For me, a pen is like the beginning of something amazing. Every day, I write a new page with my pen, and I am slowly paving a path for my future. I could get into Stanford for Biology, or Julliard for Music. Maybe I will be a scientist and change the world with my discoveries. Maybe I’ll become a musician and touch people’s hearts with my music. Or perhaps I will be an author and move people through words. . . . or a teacher and help children grow into the people they will become.

There are so many endless possibilities as to what I will do with my life, but I know that with my pen in my hand, I will write a good future for myself. Tell me in the Comments what future YOU will write for yourself!

Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council

June 5, 2015

Gregg Sulkin in Frog Kingdom

Gregg SulkinIf you were a fan of Wizards of Waverly Place, then you might remember Gregg Sulkin who played Mason Greyback on the show.

That was then, but NOW . . . Gregg is the voice of Inspector Noggin in the new DVD movie Frog Kingdom (rated PG) . . . AND he has offered to answer YOUR questions!  I wonder if his character will have a British accent like he does in this video.

Leave your questions in the Comments and come back here on June 26 for Gregg’s answers!

Here is some more about his new movie:Frog Kingdom

When The Frog King announces that the winner of the Froglympics will win his daughter’s hand in marriage, Princess Froglegs (voiced by Bella Thorne) runs away instead. Disguised as a commoner, the Princess befriends street vendor Freddie, and begins training with him for the games-determined that she will win and thwart her father’s plans of marriage. Meanwhile, the villainous serpent has ideas of his own to ruin the Froglympics and take over the kingdom. With a little luck, and a little help from their trusty sidekick Captain One-Eye, Freddie and Princess Froglegs set out to save Frog Kingdom from the evil serpent.

Now, leave your questions for Gregg Sulkin in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

June 4, 2015

100 Things to Do Before High School

Posted by at 1:56 am in Celebrities, Writing Prompt | Permalink

100 Things to Do Before High School 100 Things to Do Before High School on Nickelodeon Saturday, June 6

Created by Big Time Rush executive producer and creator Scott Fellows, 100 Things to do Before High School will follow three best friends as they navigate the highs and lows of middle school, with the help of a bucket list of adventures that help them overcome class cliques, terrifying bullies, and clueless teachers.

100 Things to Do Before High School

Photo: Robert Voets/ Nickelodeon©2014 Viacom, International, Inc.

With real life and teen drama awaiting her after 8th grade graduation, CJ Parker (played by Isabela Moner) has only a short time left to make the most of her middle school years. Together with her two lifelong best friends Fenwick (played by Jaheem Toombs) and Crispo (played by Owen Joyner), she is determined to get the most out of this time, using an ever-expanding list of challenges as a guide. For this group, growing up means trying everything and taking chances while they still can.

What’s on YOUR list of things to do before high school? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

June 4, 2015

My Favorite Thing Is a Pencil

Posted by at 1:38 am in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Hi!Rowan’s Favorite Thing Pencil

My favorite thing in the entire world is, believe it or not, a pencil. Pencils allow my visions to become works of art. For instance, my pencil helped me win 2nd place out of all of 6th grade on our Sixth Grade Olympic T-Shirts. Since I got second, I get to make a mini logo for the front of the shirt in the upper right corner.

My pencil helps me think about what I will draw on a blank piece of paper because I can’t think of anything to draw without it. When I’m drawing, I visualize my picture, then pursue it. Only, it looks different than what I imagined. It’s better. I like to think of my pencil as having its own mind that wanders making my picture greater than before I put the pencil to the paper.

I had free time once, and I decided to create a quote about creativity and inspiration. It says, “It is not the artist who creates the masterpiece. It is in fact the utensil that holds the inspiration.” It doesn’t exactly make sense, but I love it anyway. Pencils help get out a message to people through many pieces of art. You just have to find it.

What is YOUR favorite thing? Tell me in the Comments.

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council