December 22, 2015

Who Is Your Christmas Alias?

Posted by at 1:22 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

christmas-alias-quiz-imageWhich Christmas Character Are You?

During the holiday break, I love to come together with my friends and family, get cozy on the couch with soft, warm blankets, eat popcorn and drink hot chocolate while watching my favorite holiday movies. In honor of those movies, I’ve come up with a quiz to discover which Christmas character you would be. Answer the questions below and count the letters you choose to reveal your Christmas alias!

1. Choose your favorite part about December. a) Wrapping gifts. b) Cute decorations. c) Snow. d) Cookies. e) Nothing. Can we go back to Halloween?

2. What would you do if you met Santa? a) Ask if you can visit the North Pole. b) Go shopping with him. c) Have a snowball fight. d) Treat him to milk and cookies. e) Give him a good but funny scare!

3. If you were a food, which would you be? a) Candy cane. b) Roast beast. c) Ice cream. d) Gingerbread cookies. e) Pumpkin pie.

4. Your go-to Christmas outfit is . . .  a) green and red. b) red and white. c) all white. d) something neutral with red details. e) all black.

5. What is your favorite holiday beverage? a) Hot chocolate. b) Hot caramel apple cider. c) Eggnog. d) Warm spiced milk. e) Pumpkin spice latte.

6. Your friends say you are . . .  a) small, cute, and helpful. b) innocent, loving, and brave. c) fun, energetic, and cuddly. d) sweet, funny, and mischievous. e) creative, kind, and misunderstood.

7. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of winter time? a) Holidays and presents. b) Family gatherings full of love. c) Ice skating and snowball fights. d) Warm fireplaces, scented candles, and lots of sweet things to eat. e) Brrr . . . It’s too cold. Can we go back to fall?

Ready to find out your results? Read on . . . Continue reading

December 21, 2015

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

Posted by at 1:37 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Christmas cookiesYou Know Youre Excited for the Holidays When . . . 

The holidays are in full force right now: Salvation Army bells on every street, holiday music floating out from every store, window displays worth ooh-ing and aah-ing over . . . and chocolate, chocolate everywhere! The holiday spirit is infectious (as are the cold and flu, which are also floating around this time of year, so remember to wash your hands)! Have you caught the holiday bug? You know you’re excited for the holidays when . . .

  1. You have a holiday playlist blasting 24/7, and you’re still not sick of it.
  2. You’ve watched the movie Elf 5 times already since Halloween.
  3. You catch yourself singing along to “Winter Wonderland” at the mall.
  4. You are infected with the spirit of giving, and you can’t stop thinking of great gift ideas.
  5. You’ve broken down your wishlist into High Priority, Medium Priority, and Low Priority categories.
  6. You check your calendar every day and count down the days to Christmas (4 more days!).
  7. You drink hot chocolate with a candy cane every day after school. In fact, your diet is 5% peppermint-flavored candies, 5% real food, and 90% chocolate in any and every form.
  8. It is cookie o’clock every hour of the day.
  9. You gathered a bunch of empty boxes and old books and wrapped them in holiday paper so it looks like you have a big pile of presents in your room. You are actually drowning in wrapping paper and ribbon, and you have never been happier.
  10. You can’t stop wearing holiday-themed sweaters. You will NEVER stop wearing holiday-themed sweaters.
  11. You add cinnamon to everything. EVERYTHING!
  12. The sound of jingling bells makes you look up in the sky for reindeer.
  13. You have decorated your locker with glitter and paper cut-out snowflakes.
  14. You keep wishing for snow . . . even if it’s sunny at 75 outside.

Are you ready for the holidays? What are the things you do to get excited? Share in the Comments below!

Happy, happy, HAPPY holidays,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

December 19, 2015

Interview with a Wookiee

Scholastic News logoInterview With a Wookiee

Meet the actor who plays the most famous hairy giant in movie history. Few movie characters are as well known as Chewbacca from the Star Wars films. But what about the person inside the giant Wookiee suit? He’s Peter Mayhew, a British actor who stands 7 feet 3 inches tall. Mayhew, age 71, returned to his famous role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13). The seventh film in the series opened on December 18. Here’s what he recently had to say about playing Chewbacca and being a real-life giant. Continue reading

December 17, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Would You Rather

star wars the force awakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens Would You Rather

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Star Wars: A New Hope (rated PG) hit theaters and people went crazy for Star Wars!

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Fans at the premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Set 30 years after the original films, a new saga: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated  PG-13) is hitting theaters December 18! Star Wars fans, tell us . . .

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be on the light side OR dark side of the Force?

2. Have Princess Leia bun hair OR Wookiee fur like Chewbacca?Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

3. Battle Kylo Ren OR Darth Vader?

4. Fly with Poe (the leader of the X-wing pilots in The Force Awakens) OR Luke (from The Empire Strikes Back)?

5. BB-8 OR R2-D2?

6. That the new character Rey turn out to be Han and Leia’s daughter OR Luke Skywalker’s daughter?

7. Fight with a blaster OR lightsaber?

8. Have lunch in a cafeteria full of stormtroopers OR battle droids?

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red CarpetTell us how psyched you guys are for the movie, and let us know what YOU would rather. May the force be with you!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

 

December 16, 2015

Kingdom Keepers Readalikes

Posted by at 1:28 am in Reads | Permalink

Recommend me!Kingdom Keepers Readalikes

kingdom keepersKingdom Keepers is a book series about a group of teenagers who were chosen to be transformed into holographic guides, called Disney Hosts Interactive, at Disney World. Due to a glitch in the technology used to create their holograms, however, the teenagers find themselves transported into their hologram forms at night! They find out that the Disney Villains have formed a group called the Overtakers, and they are planning on, well . . . overtaking the world. Guess who’s the only hope of stopping them?

If you like fantastic adventure stories with a hearty dose of mystery and magic, you’re going to LOVE Kingdom Keepers. And if you’re already a fan, we’ve got some great readalike books for you. So buckle up and get ready for a wild, fantastical ride with these tales of fairytales come to life!

Continue reading

December 15, 2015

Christmas Kitten Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:45 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

CreateacaptionCreate a Caption: Holiday Kitten

What do you think this playful Christmas kitten is saying all cozy in its Christmas stocking?

Christmas Kitten

“Merry Christmas” Flickr photo by Bill and Vicki T

I think it is saying, “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . . until I jumped in and made Christmas way cuter!”

Leave YOUR captions in the Comments. Happy Holidays!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 14, 2015

Winter Reading Books

Posted by at 2:03 pm in Reads | Permalink

Recommend me!What Books Should You Read During Winter Break?

Yes, winter break is finally here. You know what that means. No school, no homework, and lots of free time to do whatever! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to catch up on all of my favorite books and authors. Have you decided which books you are going to pick up or which series you are going to catch up on? If you’re not sure, here’s a winter reading quiz to help you decide what to read during your long, cold winter break.
info-graph
Which books did you get? Let me know by dropping a Comment below. Happy reading everyone!

-Sandy, STACKS Staffer

December 11, 2015

American Word for Muggle

Posted by at 1:24 am in Harry Potter, Movies & TV | Permalink

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemWhat? Americans Don’t Say Muggle?!

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. 2015 Warner Bros Entertainment inc.

You know that the new wizarding movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them written by J.K. Rowling is coming out in November, 2016. (Watch the trailer here!) The movie will be set in New York in 1926, and here is a surprising fact I learned about the word Muggle: American wizards don’t use the word “Muggle” to describe non-magical people!

If you are a wizard from America, then you already know this, and I’m sorry to be boring you, but for the rest of us, this might come as a surprise: American wizards call us “No-Maj” like an abbreviation of “no magic.”

What?? All this time I’ve been referring to myself as a Muggle while all the American wizards were calling me No-Maj!

What do you think of the American word for Muggle? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 10, 2015

A March for Climate Action

Posted by at 11:27 am in News | Permalink
Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsA March for Climate Action by Bridget Li

It was a cold and rainy day, but hundreds of people gathered near the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on November 29 to voice their concerns about climate change. The march was organized by a branch of the Global Climate Movement, a worldwide campaign that is working to raise awareness about the threat that climate change poses. The organization sponsored 2,300 similar rallies in more than 150 countries over the course of the weekend. Continue reading

December 9, 2015

Books to Read in 2016

Posted by at 1:53 am in Reads | Permalink

Books_to_Read 2016Your 2016 Books Hotlist

Here is a list of the newest book releases that you might want to add to your 2016 wishlist!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Greg is as hilarious as ever in Book #10 of the Wimpy Kid series.

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
Nikki and her friends Brandon, Chloe, and Zoey are teamed up on an important mission in Book #10 of the Dork Diaries series.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
If you are a Percy Jackson fan wondering what to read next, Rick Riordan has just solved your problem!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series yet, let this be your year! It will change your life!

Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
Palacio says she will never write a sequel to Wonder, but this book tells the back stories of Julian, Christopher, and Charlotte.

Descendants Junior Novel
If you were obsessed with Disney’s Descendants, look no further for your next read.

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot by Dav Pilkey
Read an excerpt here!

Crenshaw by Katharine Applegate
Jackson’s imaginary friend Crenshaw helps him deal with the tough stuff his family is going through. If you loved Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, try this new book by the same author.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection
This ultimate updated collection includes the Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook.

What books are on your wishlist this year?

Sonja, STACKS Staffer