September 24, 2014

Bud, Not Buddy Video

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Bud Not BuddyNew Book Trailer!

Have you seen STACKS Staffer En-Szu’s awesome video for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963, Elijah of Buxton, and The Mighty Miss Malone)?

Check it out and tell us what you think in the Comments!

Bud, Not Buddy video

September 23, 2014

Autumn Would You Rather

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Would you rather . . . It is officially fall!

Yesterday was the September Equinox, when day and night are almost the same length all around the world — about 12 hours. The word “equinox” actually means equal night. So in the Northern Hemisphere, today is officially the first day of autumn. From now until the December Solstice, the days will get shorter and colder.

Would you rather . . .

  1. Go apple picking OR play in a big pile of leaves?
  2. Have longer days in summer and shorter days in winter OR have equal days and nights year-round?
  3. Have 12 hours of sunlight a day OR 20 hours of sunlight a day?
  4. Live in a place with spectacular fall foliage OR live in a place that is warm year-round?
  5. Be a cheerleader OR a football player?
  6. Spend half the year in the Underworld like Persephone OR spend all year in our world?
  7. Eat mooncakes OR caramel apples?
  8. Rake leaves for 4 hours OR carry a 10-pound pumpkin across a pumpkin patch?
  9. Eat a summer-licious ice cream sundae OR a warm, cinnamon-y slice of autumn apple pie?

What are your favorite autumn traditions, or your favorite things about fall? Tell us in the Comments. And take our Autumn Trivia Quiz to test your fall season smarts.

September 22, 2014

Success Writing Prompt

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Writing promptWriting Prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Ink Splotters, it’s time to channel your deep inner-selves.

Take a deep breath.

Forget all of your worries and fears.

And let your mind go free.

For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Would it be something with a future career? Sports? Talking to your crush? Fixing the world? A fear you want to conquer? A person you’d want to help? If you knew it would all work out perfectly, what would you try to do?

Let it out . . . let it all out! This is your forum, so don’t be afraid to tell us. Live without fear. There is no way you can fail! Leave your answers in the Comments below. Sometimes seeing the words written out is the first step toward making it happen!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

September 19, 2014

Cameron Boyce, Take Two

Posted by at 1:38 am in Celebrities | Permalink

cameron_boyce_iconCameron Boyce, a.k.a. Luke from Jessie!

Okay, Jessie fans, prepare yourselves. Cameron Boyce, who plays Luke on the show, is back again with another interview! It’s been a little while since our first interview with the 15-year-old star, so we’re bringing you a much-needed update. We caught up with the actor to talk about how Luke’s growing up, what kind of silly (and sweet) stuff his fans send him, and, yes, about Frank the lizard. Check it out!

Q: This year you seem to be growing up a lot! How has that changed your character?

Cameron: I’m growing, yeah, and hopefully Luke is taking more baths this year compared to last year! (laughs) He’s not as smelly! Hopefully, we will start getting some girls for Luke besides Jessie . . . he has got to get over Jessie.

KARAN BRAR, CAMERON BOYCE

photo courtesy Disney Channel

Q: So how is it working with everyone, including the lizard?

Cameron: The lizard’s name is Frank, and he is a dude. He’s pretty slow and he is not very intimidating. You think that he can run after you and eat you, but he’s really slow. He’s a big boy!

Q: What kind of stuff do you get from the fans?

Cameron: I get a lot of funny letters. The cutest ones I get are from really little girls, because they are full of misspelled words and words are backwards. They all pretty much say, “You’re cute . . . I like you a lot!” I also get a lot of things in the mail . . . like bracelets. I get a lot of bracelets. I got a stuffed Koala from Georgia.

Did you read our earlier interview with Cameron? Be sure to check that out, and also don’t miss our interview with his castmate Karan Brar (and take our Jessie Would You Rather quiz)! Are you excited to see what happens with Luke next? Are you a Jessie fan? What kind of fan mail would YOU send Cameron? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

See y’all around,

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

Interview by Sue Schneider

September 18, 2014

Hello Kitty Crochet

Posted by at 1:59 am in Games, Kid Power | Permalink

Hello Kitty CrochetHello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends

Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!

Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!Hello Kitty collage

Question for the Author: Out of the 25 characters featured in Hello Kitty Crochet, do you have a favorite?
Mei Li Lee: If I could choose two, I would say Hangyodon and Badtz Maru. Hangyodon because I’ve always been fascinated with the character as a child. It always reminded me of a cuter version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As for Badtz Maru, I was really happy with the way he turned out! Some of the Sanrio amigurumi took me a few tries but with Badtz, I had the pattern locked down right away. He was such a joy to make.

What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 17, 2014

Why Graphic Novels Are Awesome

Posted by at 1:49 am in Graphic Novels, Kid Power | Permalink

Hi!A Couple (or More) of My Favorite Things: A Highly Persuasive Article by Maggie B.

I love reading. I also love drawing. This makes graphic novels a combination of two favorites of mine. They are books, but the artwork within ensures that by reading any graphic novel, you are seeing the exact story an author imagined. Every character and event (fictional or otherwise) is portrayed in a way the graphic novelist wanted to show it to you.

Graphic novelsFurthermore, art and words cannot always represent everything their creator wants them to. As a duo, however, they are unstoppable! One can give the general idea while the other elaborates, or both words and pictures can work together to become something they couldn’t be on their own, working in tandem to give an idea as well as the meaning behind it.

Most importantly, reading a graphic novel is lots of fun! I can be a reader and a viewer, given a window into someone’s mind. Graphic novels are different from any other type of book because there is a perfect graphic novel for everyone. There are graphic novel biographies, fantasies, romances, science fiction stories, and almost anything else you could think of. There may even be a graphic novel adaptation of your favorite book!

I think everyone should try reading a graphic novel; you might fall in love with them like I did.

Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council

September 16, 2014

Hermione Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:28 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

Hermione illustration by Mary GrandPreWould You Rather Be Hermione Granger?

If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you know that Hermione has been in some very scary situations. Since September 19th is Hermione’s birthday, we’re celebrating with today’s Would You Rather quiz. So raise a glass of butterbeer, and get your wands ready to answer the following questions inspired by Hermione’s adventures!

Would You Rather . . . 

  1. Fight a mountain troll OR a Dementor?
  2. Go to the Yule Ball with Victor Krum OR Ron Weasley?
  3. Be the smartest kid in the class like Hermione OR the “chosen one” like Harry?
  4. Have a cat like Crookshanks OR a rat like Scabbers?
  5. Be in Ravenclaw OR Hufflepuff? (If you couldn’t be in Gryffindor!)
  6. Learn spells from Hermione OR learn practical jokes from Fred & George?
  7. Use a Time-Turner to take extra classes OR just take the normal amount of classes?
  8. Have a scar on your forehead OR crazy-frizzy hair?
  9. See Hermione marry Ron OR see Hermione marry Harry? (even J. K. Rowling has mixed feelings on this one!)

Leave your answers (and birthday wishes to Hermione!) in the Comments below!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

September 15, 2014

Guinness World Records Dogs Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:03 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

guinness_world_records_2015Create a Caption for These Amazing Dogs!

Dogs can do some pretty cool tricks, but how many dogs do you know that can skateboard? Thanks to Guinness World Records 2015 – a treasure trove of weird, amazing, goofy, and straight-up bizarre photos and facts—we now know that a dog named Norman scooted 30 meters (98 feet in) only 20.77 seconds, making him the world’s fastest dog on a scooter. Bet you didn’t know there was even a record for that! Continue reading

September 12, 2014

Girl Meets World Interviews

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Rowan Blanchard in Girl Meets WorldGirl Meets World Cast Interviews

Do you love Girl Meets World? We interviewed Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carter who play Riley and Maya on the show. Among their classmates is an intelligent and quirky boy named Farkle (played by 14-year-old Corey Fogelmanis) and Riley’s crush, Lucas (played by Peyton Meyer) who has relocated from Texas and is adjusting to life in the city. Read on for interviews with these two boys from the show.

Introducing COREY FOGELMANIS & PEYTON MEYER!

Peyton, tell me about your character. What do you like about him? Continue reading

September 10, 2014

BFG Movie News for Roald Dahl Day

Posted by at 1:21 am in Authors, Book to Big Screen | Permalink

The BFG by Roald Dahl book coverThe BFG: The Movie!

Calling all Roald Dahl lovers! We have some fantastic news! (“Who is Roald Dahl?” you ask? You know Roald Dahl’s funny fantasy books like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, just to name a few. He is so awesome that his birthday, September 13, is now known as Roald Dahl Day.)

Dahl’s fabulous book The BFG is being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg, the super-famous guy who directed The Adventures of Tintin and E.T. (rated PG). The BFG movie is scheduled to be in theaters in 2016. If it’s anything like the book, it will be funny, fantastical, and phenomenal!

The BFG goes like this: In Sophie’s world, most of the giants who come around only want to find children to eat for breakfast. But the Big, Friendly Giant is different. He would never eat “uckyslush human beans.” He only eats “snozzcumbers.” When he carries Sophie off one night, she becomes his friend, not his next meal. Sophie is a tough cookie, so she decides to stop the other kid-munching giants, and the BFG is going to help her.

Let’s hear your casting ideas. Which young actress do you think should play Sophie? What about the BFG? Which actors do you think would fit the roles of the other giants in the story? Post your predictions in the Comments below. I can’t wait to see if the on-screen BFG looks anything like the giants I imagined from the book.

Marisa, STACKS Intern