March 27, 2014

50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out

Posted by at 1:41 am in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

writing prompt shout-out50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out

If you’re new to the STACKS, you might not know about shout-outs. Basically, once you are logged in to your STACKS account, you can go to anyone’s STACKS Profile and send him or her a kind message. That person is usually so happy to get your message that he or she then sends YOU a shout-out, and a beautiful chain of love is started! We add new ones every month so the chain can continue forever.

If you need more motivation, ForeverElephant put together this amazing list of reasons to send a shout-out. Continue reading

March 26, 2014

March Books of the Month

Posted by at 3:43 pm in Reads | Permalink

writing_prompt_book_recommendationTime for March Books of the Month!

It’s that time again! Since last month we held the Winter Reading Games, we skipped one Books of the Month post, but now we’re back and better than ever! At the end of January, we asked you what books you were reading. So many of you are reading different books! There are some clear winners this time, but I’m really excited that we have so many new titles in the running. Keep reading awesome books, you guys!

March book title word cloud

We’re going to do this again for next month, so tell me in the Comments what books you’re reading right now. I can’t wait to see what new books show up. I’ve got a few new recommendations now, and I’m so excited to start reading! See ya in a month!

image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

March 26, 2014

SPONSORED POST The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted by at 3:25 pm in SPONSORED | Permalink

The Amazing Spider-Man 2This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Sparks fly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 TM (rated PG-13) out this summer. Check out the action-packed trailer below.

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself:  the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: Only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

“I definitely feel more confident this time around,” says Garfield. “I enjoy being Spider-Man, which is for sure what Peter feels as well.”

In the highly charged trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ Garfield soars overcrowded Manhattan avenues, while high-speed chases below leave taxicabs overturned like featherweight tumbleweeds. We glimpse a Times Square tussle, too, as Spidey faces off with Electro in New York City’s bustling tourist attraction. Flashing billboards and oversize digital ads have nothing on the spectacle at ground level—it’s Spider-Man versus an OsCorp electrical engineer gone bad. What could be more electrifying?

Watch the video trailer.

Are you amped for the sparks that will fly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™? Share your Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

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March 26, 2014

Half a Chance

Posted by at 1:40 am in Reads | Permalink

Half a Chance book coverHalf a Chance (for ages 8-12) by Cynthia Lord

Lucy’s family is on the move again. This time they end up in a rickety, red house on a lake in New Hampshire. At least she has her dog, Ansel, to keep her company.

Half a Chance book coverThe day after they move in, Lucy’s dad is off again to Arizona. As a famous photographer, this is nothing new. Lucy just wishes it wasn’t for two months. Before he leaves, Lucy finds out that at the end of the summer her dad will be judging a photo contest. She secretly begins taking photos and planning to enter the contest.

As Lucy tries to prove to her dad that she has what it takes to be a true photographer, she also has to make friends in a new place. She meets Nate and Emily. Nate’s Grandma Lilah is part of a team who wants to protect a family of loons living on the lake. Since she is too old to kayak out there and check on them every day, Nate and Emily bring Lucy along for the ride, and Lucy, of course, brings her camera. But what she sees through her camera lens is not necessarily what her new friends want to see.

Read Chapter 1 and let us know what you think of this new book by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Rules.

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

March 25, 2014

Unbearable Cuteness Contest

Posted by at 1:05 am in Who Would Win | Permalink

V04-1482134Who Would Win?

When I was 5 years old, my father took me to the American Museum of Natural History in New York and I saw elephants close up for the first time. I had never seen anything more beautiful in my whole 5-year life! I even told my grandmother I couldn’t wait until I had elephant skin like hers. (I thought that was the nicest compliment, but she thought it was hilariously funny. Go figure!)

Ever since then, elephants have been my favorite wild animal, so I know my pick for today’s Who Would Win. How about you? Which animal do you think would win the unbearable cuteness contest: baby elephant or baby panda?

Baby elephant

Hoffmann Photography/age fotostock/SuperStock

Baby panda

Minden Pictures/SuperStock

Leave your votes in the Comments!

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

March 24, 2014

Back in the Day Writing Prompt

Posted by at 1:42 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

writing promptWriting Prompt: I miss the days when . . .

Do you long for days gone by when things were simpler?

If you’re getting hit by a winter blizzard where you live, you might long for the days of summer and wearing shorts and tank tops!

Or maybe you miss the days when you were younger and didn’t have homework yet, or there were no cliques. Or maybe you miss the days before you had braces, and chewing wasn’t so complicated (and you didn’t have to use that little toothbrush to clean in between each metal piece)!

Whatever it is, let us know what strikes a nerve with you in today’s Writing Prompt.

I miss the days when . . .

We can’t wait to see what’s on your mind!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 23, 2014

Reading Bingo

Posted by at 6:06 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading Bingo

Announcing Reading Bingo!

I’m sure you all know the game Bingo, where you have a card and someone yells out numbers like, “B-53!” If you have that number on your card, you get to cross it off. Well, beginning Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25, you can participate in STACKS Reading Bingo. Instead of numbers, we will be calling out book titles. If you have read that book, then you can cross it off your card.

 How to Play
Reading Bingo card

  • Print out the STACKS Reading Bingo card.
  • Check the Ink Splot 26 blog, the STACKS Message Boards, and your Profile Shout-outs every day from Monday, April 21- Friday, April 25. We will be calling out book titles every day, and if you have read the book, you can mark it on your Bingo card.
  • When you have marked five spaces in a row, you get to shout, “BINGO!!”  in the Comments. Each day, the pattern will be different, so you can win all 5 days. But every day it will get a little bit harder to win!

The key to winning STACKS Reading Bingo is to read as many books as possible. You don’t know which books we will be calling out, but I’ll give you a hint: Many of them will appear in the Books of the Month book word clouds. You can get a head start by reading those books!

To sign up for Reading Bingo, visit the Reading Buzz Board and enter your screen name. (You need to be a STACKS member to sign up, but it’s free and easy to join. If you are not already a STACKS member, SIGN UP now!)

March 21, 2014

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 9

Diary of a Wimpy Kid logoAnnouncing the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by author-illustrator Jeff Kinney. We don’t know the exact title yet, but we know it will be available on November 4, 2014. Only  . . . . 223 days away!

That’s actually kind of a long time to wait. You might want to read these Diary of Wimpy Kid Readalikes in the meantime.

Wimpy Kid 9

March 21, 2014

Jason Dolley Interview

Posted by at 1:26 am in Celebrities | Permalink

Jason DolleyInterview with Jason Dolley from Good Luck Charlie

Are you a Good Luck Charlie fan? I am! Jason Dolley, who is 22 in real life, plays PJ Duncan on the show. We interviewed him before along with Bradley Steven Perry who plays Gabe, but I’m super-psyched that we got to catch up again with Jason. He talked to us about his favorite book, his character PJ, and the Muppets. And in case you missed it, read our interview with Bridgit Mendler (who plays his sister, Teddy).

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

Jason: I have a special place in my heart for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe [by C. S. Lewis].

Jason Dolley in Good Luck Charlie

Disney Channel

Q: What do you want most in the world?

Jason: I don’t even think I know! Literally, that is the broadest and most interesting interview question I’ve ever been asked, and I know that because I don’t know how to answer that. But I love that you asked!

Q: What do you think is the most important issue for kids your age?

Jason: The biggest thing I see is substance abuse. I know a lot of people that have been affected by that. So that’s an issue.

Q: What’s up with your character for this season?

Jason: He is going to cooking school this year. He’s a really gifted cook, but I think he is struggling a little more than he expected, which is good, as he is learning well under pressure! His chef is super-hard on him, so that progress for him is good.

Q: You had an episode with the Muppets. How was working with the Muppets?

Jason: I was not there that week and I was so sad that I missed it. I worked with them once before on a Disney Channel special a while ago, so I was super bummed I couldn’t be there. They are awesome. I was super-glad that they were on our show!

image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Sue Schneider
Photos courtesy of 

March 20, 2014

It’s Spring!

Marshmallow Peep says HI!Print a Butterfly Bookplate!

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to start thinking spring with spring quizzes, crafts, and activities! Winter is over! Winter is over!! Winter is over!!!

Happy spring!