September 10, 2014
The 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
September 9, 2014
Personality Quiz: What Is Your Fashion Style?
- What would you wear to a birthday party? A) The outfit you saw Selena Gomez wear to the Kids Choice Awards. B) A cool Under Armour shirt. C) A collared shirt and khakis. D) A glittery shirt you embellished yourself. E) A t-shirt and jeans. Continue reading
September 8, 2014
Writing Prompt: Your biggest fashion disaster . . . or worst outfit your parents made you wear?
Back-to-school means showing your fashion style. But do your parents offer a few friendly “suggestions” on what to wear? We know sometimes this can end in disaster . . . and sometimes a great story!
My mom made me wear itchy wool skirts and sweaters to school and they were SO uncomfortable! It got so bad I started wearing tights and shorts under them to relieve the itch. Let’s just say it was not a pretty sight!
What about you guys? Something mismatched? Something that ripped apart in front of your classmates (gasp!)? For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
You know where to leave the answers . . . in the Comments below. Can’t wait to read all your stories!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
September 5, 2014
Disney Channel stars share their back-to-school tips
Starting a new school year is never easy, but fear not! Some amazing Disney Channel stars are here to share their best back-to-school advice. Read what they have to say.
Don’t be afraid to meet new people and make new friends. There is always someone at your school who’s as nervous as you are about socializing with new people. Discipline yourself when it comes to homework. Not doing it isn’t worth the stress of getting behind. China Anne McClain (How to Build a Better Boy) Continue reading
September 4, 2014
I’d like to introduce you to 10 kids who will be special contributors to the STACKS this year. Please welcome the 2014-15 Scholastic Kids Council!
Look for more to come from these kids this year!
September 3, 2014
100% Kid-Approved Book Recommendations
As you probably know, STACKers love to read, so today we are featuring a book recommended by one of YOU! FriendlyMonkey10 recommends “a book that you have to read!!!” It’s Wonder by R.J. Palacio (for ages 8-12). Have you read this book? What did you think?
Read on for FriendlyMonkey’s review. . .
Read Wonder by R.J. Palacio!!!!!!!!!! If you have not read this book, pick it up at the library and read it now!!! It’s a touching story about a boy named Auggie Pullman that was born with a facial deformity. Due to his frequent surgeries, he is homeschooled. For fifth grade though, he won’t be attending homeschool anymore. Because of his face, Auggie faces rudeness, mean comments, etc. . . Can Auggie convince everyone that he is just like them even with his appearance and how will he do that? To figure out the answers, read the book!!!!
Do you agree with FriendlyMonkey10? Leave a Comment or go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to join the discussion about this book.
September 3, 2014
It’s Books of the Month Time!
At the end of July, I asked you all what books you were reading. You responded with some great recommendations! I made a word cloud to show which titles were most popular. Once again, Percy Jackson is stealing the spotlight, but the competition is definitely heating up. Heroes of Olympus and Harry Potter are putting up a valiant fight! Take a look:
I know, I know, I know–it’s back-to-school time, so that means less time for reading for fun. But I know you guys are finding time to read wherever and whenever you can, and that’s awesome! Let’s keep this going. What books are you reading now? What books do you absolutely, positively love and think everyone in the whole wide world should read? Leave the title (or titles) in the Comments below. I can’t wait to see what new books you recommend!
See ya next time,
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
Find out what other kids are reading right now with these videos from Open a World of Possible, Scholastic’s new mission about the power of books and reading.
September 2, 2014
Writing Prompt: How does reading open your world and make new things possible?
Scholastic has a new mission about the power of books and reading called Open a World of Possible. Did you ever feel pulled into the pages of a book you were reading? Like that book . . . or a combination of all the books you read . . . turned you into a different person?
Reading can change our lives. It can be magical. We can get lost in the pages of a good book. It can open our eyes to people and situations we never knew. It can make us laugh. Pass hours of boredom away. Make us want to right the wrongs in the world. Make us want to create our own adventures. Help us to grow up. Or help us be a kid just a little longer.
So for today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know:
How does reading open your world and make new things possible?
Watch these Open a World of Possible videos for inspiration and let us know how reading has shaped your life. Can’t wait to see your responses in the Comments below.
-Ratha, Stacks Writer
September 1, 2014
Writing Prompt: Back-to-School Must-Haves!
It’s official. We are back to school, and in order to have a good year, a kid needs new stuff! You’ve probably made trips to the usual places for the usual supplies like pencils, notebooks, a backpack . . . maybe some fancy pens or book covers. Maybe you absolutely NEED a mirror inside your locker. (We get it. How can you focus on learning if you’re afraid your hair looks bad?) We want to know what school supplies are essential for you. So for today’s Writing Prompt, in the spirit of Back-to-School, we’re asking . . .
Whether it’s the usual or the unusual, leave your must-haves in the Comments below!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
August 29, 2014
Singer Mackenzie Bourg
Are you a fan of the show The Voice? If you are, you’re probably familiar with Mackenzie Bourg. Mackenzie has a very impressive story–before competing on the show, he spent two months in the hospital due to a heart condition. He went on to make it all the way to the last round of the show! Right now, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Louisiana is making waves with his catchy pop music. Have you heard his song ”Impossible Things?” Click on the title to take a listen!
We were able to ask the rising star some questions about what he does, and more. Check it out! Continue reading