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1. Bella and the Bulldogs Would You Rather

BELLA AND THE BULLDOGSIt’s Game Time: Bella and the Bulldogs Would You Rather!

Based on overwhelming responses to our recent interview with Brec Bassinger, we know her new Nickelodeon show Bella and the Bulldogs scored a touchdown with you guys! She’s the bubbly cheerleader who suddenly finds herself fulfilling her dream of becoming the quarterback of the school football team! If you’re a fan, check out our Bella and the Bulldogs Would You Rather.

Would You Rather . . .

  1. Be the star quarterback OR the head cheerleader?
  2. Go to an NFL game OR an NBA game?
  3. Go shopping at Justice OR Sports Authority?
  4. Live on a ranch in Texas OR a mansion in California?
  5. Get a sports scholarship to college OR an academic scholarship?
  6. Lift weights OR learn a dance routine?
  7. Have to sleep in a football helmet OR a ski mask?
  8. Have to take a math test OR play fantasy football?
  9. Wear a dress to a formal dance OR a tuxedo?
  10. Be the only boy/girl on a team OR be on an all same-sex team (all-girls or all-boys)?

Let us know your answers in the Comments below, and tell us what YOUR call is on Bella and the Bulldogs!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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2. Saving My Tomorrow Eco-Tips

saving my tomorrow boy with butterflyIt’s Earth Day today!

“You are the future generation. You are the ones who are going to have to deal with this mess that everybody else behind us has gotten us into!” says ten-year-old Grace in HBO’s family documentary Saving My Tomorrow, airing tonight at 7:30 p.m.

This latest installment in the Saving My Tomorrow series showcases the ways kids are doing their part to clean up the environment. Focusing on plastic pollution and deforestation, the special includes stories about the Amazon rainforest and the albatross, and follows young activists around the world as they clean up beaches, plant trees, and demonstrate at City Hall. The creators of the show also made a whole list of Monthly Eco-Tips so you can celebrate Earth Day every month during the year. Earth Day is every day! Here is the tip for April.

APRIL • Cleanup days. Participate in cleanup days at a local beach or park or river, helping pick up litter before it harms wildlife. You will become better connected with the ecosystems in your community too.

What will you do to celebrate Earth day? Will you plan a cleanup in your community? Will you watch the HBO special Saving My Tomorrow? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Image courtesy of HBO

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3. Literary Dogs

Dog LibrarianFamous Books Written by Literary Dogs

We already know that cats are literary geniuses. While people consider dogs to be “human’s best friend,” did you know that they’re also great writers? I had no idea how many famous books were written by dogs until I found this stash of books hidden out in the dog house . . . buried under a few of my dog’s favorite chew toys.

Can you identify these famous literary masterpieces written by dogs?Harry Potter Dog

  • Hairy Pawter and the Sorcerer’s Bone by J.K. Rawhide
  • The Woof According to Humphrey by Betty G. Bark-ney
  • Diary of a Wimpy Dog: Doggy Days by Jeff Kennel
  • Dear Dalmatian Diary by Jim Bone-ton
  • I Survived Hurricane CAT-trina by Lauren Terrier

Leave your answers in the Comments below, and let us know what books you would find in your dog library!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

“The Librarian” Flickr photo by aussiegall adapted with permission
“Dog Looks Like Harry Potter” Flickr photo by Pets Advisor adapted with permission

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4. 5-Question Quiz

Question marksTake This Quiz of Random Awesomeness!

Here is a quick 5-question quiz from the STACKS Buzz Board.

Copy and reply with your answers in the Comments.

  1. Current favorite TV show??
  2. Current favorite singer/band??
  3. What are you going to be doing in 47 minutes from now??
  4. What is the temperature outside RIGHT NOW??
  5. You found $500. What are you going to do with it?

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5. SPONSORED POST Star Banks Adventure

T-Rowe-PriceSponsored Post Star Banks Adventure

Mysterious planets, an alien mentor, and a robot shopkeeper—sounds like the ingredients to an amazing sci-fi story, right? It’s also the foundation for a new swipe-and-match game called Star Banks Adventure!

Check out the game trailer.

Like all great games, Star Banks Adventure is packed with choices for you to make. But every choice has a consequence, so be careful! You’ll need to partner with Odal, an alien guide, to stop Overlord Zek, the evil mastermind bent on causing financial chaos. Use different Star Banks to collect coins and build space devices to save the galaxy from financial chaos. I can’t wait to see what comes next! Click here to check it out.

Accompanied by spacey music and a story line that unfolds as you go, Star Banks Adventure is a blast!

This free game was created by T. Rowe Price as part of their Money Confident Kids Program, which focuses on helping kids better understand money. It can be played online or on mobile devices through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

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6. Revolution Movie

Earth from space photoJoin the Revolution to Save Planet Earth!

Revolution is a new movie that shows the devastating environmental effects of ocean acidification, tar sands, deforestation, over-population, pollution and food scarcity. Filmed over 4 years in 15 countries in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations, Revolution is an inspiring call to action about the man-made catastrophe facing our world. Uncovering the cause of the mass extinctions of the past, this film shows the revolution needed to save our planet now.

RevolutionIn the movie, you can see that the global conservation movement depends on the passion of young people. There are kids featured throughout the movie, including 13-year-old Felix Finkbeiner of Germany. In his hometown, he leads an environmental group called Plant for the Planet, which has so far planted 194 trees — one tree for every country that met at the United Nations Planet Conference. Joining a rally of protesters outside the conference, he invited all the ministers and heads of state to come outside to plant the trees of their country. His goal is to plant one million trees in each country of the world. 

So inspiring! Kids CAN make a difference, so tell us in the Comments what you will do to help save the earth!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

 

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7. Reverse Global Warming

Earth from space photoSolar Energy Can Solve the Biggest Problem in the World Today

I think that one of the biggest problems today is the usage of power. Solar energy is the solution.  We all know the sun’s rays give off heat, right? Well, did you know that the energy from the sun can be collected and concentrated to produce usable power? When I’m finished, you’ll be more informed and surely switch to solar energy. Let’s get started!

The first advantage of solar energy is that no matter how much humans use the sun for its power, it won’t ever run out. Another advantage is that solar energy reduces the cost of electricity bills. Actually, it doesn’t just reduce the cost; solar energy takes the cost away entirely! My last advantage is it’s a clean source of power because it takes away use of fossil fuels that pollute the atmosphere.

There are many advantages, but you must take into account the disadvantages of using solar energy. One disadvantage is that solar energy is more expensive than other power sources because you have to pay for getting the panels installed. Another disadvantage is, depending on the area you live in, there will have to be a certain number of solar panels needed, which can also affect the placing of the solar panels. The last disadvantage is that only 40% of the sun’s energy is used by the solar panels, which means 60% is wasted.

Solar energy is a clean, renewable source that helps protect the environment. It may be more expensive, but it’s worth it over time. If more people switch to solar energy, then less pollution may reverse the effects of global warming!

What do YOU think about solar energy? Join the conversation on the Save the Planet Message Board.

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

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8. J. K. Rowling News

rowling130More Proof That J. K. Rowling ROCKS!

Part 1 of a 2-part interview with Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling appeared on the Today Show this morning. There is good news and bad news. The bad news for Harry Potter fans is that she said she is definitely not working on another Harry Potter book. “Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione — I don’t think that’s going to happen.” Oh well . . .

But the good news is pretty amazing! J. K. Rowling has started a charity called Lumos. (Awesome name, right?) According to the Lumos website, the goal is to eliminate all orphanages and replace them with “community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs.”

As you probably know, Lumos is the spell to make light, so this name has a special meaning. This charity will help bring the problem of orphanages to light, and hopefully inspire people to change that system. And it will also be a light of hope to the children living in them and can hopefully make their lives much better.

In the Today Show interview, J. K. Rowling said, “I definitely will write for children again, ’cause I love writing for kids. So that will definitely happen, and that will sit comfortably alongside this work [Lumos]. And maybe I’ll get to read that new work to some of these children.”

Did you even need more proof that J. K. Rowling is a goddess? Well, there it is! Do you love her even more now? Leave your reactions in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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9. The Candymakers

Recommend me!The Candymakers (for ages 9 and up) by Wendy Mass

Today’s book recommendation comes from HotelPurple42 on the Reading Buzz Board.

The CandymakersThe Candymakers is about the candy factory called “Life is Sweet” and it is having a competition for kids to create a one-of-a-kind candy. The winning candy will be sold everywhere. All the kids who want to enter have to write an essay on why they want to make candy. Out of all those entries, 4 children are chosen: Logan (a Life Is Sweet employee’s son), Daisy (who can lift a 50-pound roll of taffy), Miles (who is allergic to rowboats, the color pink, pancakes, jazz music, and merry-go-rounds) and Phillip (who is always wearing a suit and tie and is scribbling in a secret notebook). This is all I can give you. It’s a really great book.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Leave a Comment and go to the Reading Buzz Board to join the book discussion!

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10. Music Personality Quiz

question marksWhat’s your Music Personality Style?

Are you a rebellious rocker? A classy classical kid? A peppy popster? Take the quiz to find out!

  1. It’s Spirit Week at school! You’re most looking forward to . . . A) Professional Day. You love wearing your fanciest clothes to school once in a while. B) Pajama Day. Chillin’ in your pjs all day sounds pretty awesome! C) Crazy Day. It’s finally a day when you can go wild with your own style! D) School Colors Day. You’ve got the PERFECT pair of sneakers to match your letter jacket. E) Superhero Day. It took you forever to decide between Thor and Spider-Man, but it looks like you’ve finally made the best choice!
  2. Summer vacation is so close you can taste it! You can’t wait to . . . A) take that awesome summer writing course you signed up for! B) hang out at the skate park with your best friends. C) explore museums and hone your sketching skills. D) throw the most epic pool parties in the neighborhood. E) cruise the mall and chill at the beach.
  3. Your favorite sport is . . . A) tennis. B) snowboarding. C) figure skating. D) basketball (because BALL IS LIFE). E) football.
  4. It’s your turn to pick a movie for family movie night. Your obvious choice is . . . A) a really thoughtful documentary about the environment. B) something scary or action-packed. Nothing boring and slow for you! C) a really cool anime movie. D) a musical. You love it when the characters sing and dance! E) a comedy. Who doesn’t love a good laugh?
  5. Your favorite candy is . . .  A) fruit. It’s nature’s candy! B) gummy bears! C) chocolate. ALL the chocolate! D) the latest, trendiest craze in confections! E) lollipops!
  6. Your bag style of choice is . . . A) something sophisticated and grown-up like a well-structured leather bag. B) Uh . . . my pockets? C) a really fantastic printed tote you bought at a flea market. D) a bright and funky backpack. E) the trendiest new it-bag. 
  7. When you’re older, you think it would be really cool to live in . . .  A) Rome, Italy. B) Berlin, Germany. C) Bangkok, Thailand. D) New York City. E) Los Angeles, California.
  8. You most pride yourself in your . . . A) maturity and responsibility. B) sense of humor. C) creativity. D) coolness. E) sunny spirit.

If you answered mostly A’s, you are Classical Music. You believe in high-quality things that never go out of style. You’re always dressed tastefully, remember which piece of flatware to use at fancy dinners, never have a bad hair day (or are really good at hiding it when you do), and parents basically adore you because you are so mature. Your friends love you, too, because even if you like to play by the rules the majority of the time, you’re a very loyal, responsible, and high-quality friend.

If you answered mostly B’s, you are Rock Music. You are kind of a rebel. You like to live life loud, and you are really good at finding a way to have a great time no matter what. You love a great prank, but you’ve also got a great heart. Even if you’re a bit loud, you’re a really good listener and your friends appreciate that you are genuinely interested in being there for them. Plus, you’re always thinking of excellent ways to cheer them up on bad days!

If you answered mostly C’s, you are Jazz Music. You are a free-spirited, ultra-creative soul who is just too innovative for these times. You may be labeled “quirky” or even “strange,” but you’re definitely just ahead of your time. You have the unique ability to appreciate a wide range of things, and you seem to always be discovering some unusual and cool film, book, or song to share with your friends.

If you answered mostly D’s, you are Hip Hop Music. You are the hippest person you know. You’ve got spirit AND style! The crowd is always looking to you for direction. Guaranteed: the day after you debut a new look, at least ONE other person will be rocking that style, too. You basically drip coolness 24/7, but what people love about you most is how easygoing and fun you are, too.

If you scored mostly E’s, you are Pop Music. You are the sunniest, happiest, peppiest person for a thousand miles in every direction. Has anyone ever even seen you not smiling? You live for warm weather, laughter, sugary sweets, and friends. But just because you like the best things in life doesn’t mean that you can’t be deep, too. You wear your heart on your sleeve, and sometimes it can hurt, but you always bounce back. That’s why everyone loves you!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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11. Crazed Dog Create a Caption

Create a captionCreate a Caption for Rowan’s Crazy Dog!

Oh my goodness! Does Rowan’s dog look insane or what? Tell us in the Comments what you think this lunatic is saying!

Rowan's crazy dog

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12. Henry Danger

HENRY DANGER Henry Danger follows the adventures of Henry Hart (played by Jace Norman from The Thundermans) who gets selected by superhero Captain Man to be his apprentice. After promising to keep his new identity a secret, Henry must navigate a double life balancing the challenges of eighth grade with the crazy adventures of a crime-fighting superhero sidekick.

Jace Norman, Cooper Barnes

Photo: Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon. ©2014 Viacom International, Inc.

What do you think of Henry Danger?  Are you a fan? Tell us in the Comments!

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13. Stop the Trash Vortex

Make a difference!Act Now to Stop Trash Pollution!

Do you ever think about what happens to trash you see on the ground, or at the beach, or if you throw it out the window?  What really happens to it?

Have you ever heard of the trash vortex? Well, that’s where some of it goes. The trash vortex is a giant floating pile of trash in the middle of Pacific Ocean. This island of trash is twice the size of Texas and growing, and it is trapping sea animals in plastic wrappers and other plastic stuff we throw away. The sea animals are also eating the plastic which is killing them from the inside out. Seals’ necks are getting trapped in the plastic ring packages of soda cans when they are young.

A way to stop this trash vortex form growing is to recycle and reuse. But that’s not all. We need to educate others on the topic. You can join a beach clean-up organization to reduce the waste that goes into the ocean. Anyone can act. ACT NOW!

What are YOUR ideas for how to stop pollution and clean up the trash vortex? Join the conversation on the Save the Planet Message Board.

Michael, Scholastic Kids Council

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14. Things Not Seen

Recommend me!Things Not Seen (for ages 10 and up) by Andrew Clements

Today’s book recommendation comes from MidnightMystery146 on the Reading Buzz Board.

Author: Andrew Clements (author of Frindle and No Talking)Things Not Seen book cover
Book: Things Not Seen
Rating: 6 out of 5!!! (Yeah, it’s a wonderful novel!)
Basic Character List: Bobby wakes up invisible one day, but you can touch and hear him. His father is a “science freak” and his mother is a literature professor at his school. He meets this blind girl, Alicia, whom he becomes friends with.

When my friend recommended this book, I thought, “Why not?” but I didn’t realize at the time it was going to be one of my all-time favorites right next to the Harry Potter series. The book just takes you on an almost too impossible story adventure. And one last thing: never buy a faulty electric blanket at Sears, or at least not on a night when Earth is experiencing a high energy solar eruption.:)

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15. Favorite Lunch

Rainbow PenWriting Prompt: What is your favorite lunch and how healthy is it?

You’ve made it through half of the school day and your stomach is growling. You can’t wait to eat your FAVORITE lunch in the world and it’s ___________________.

We wanna know! What is your favorite lunch . . . and how healthy is it?

Mine would probably be a combo. I would have a chicken parmesan sandwich, broccoli and hummus, and chocolate dipped pretzels. Or chocolate dipped anything for that matter! Dark chocolate is healthy, right?

Your turn. What’s YOUR favorite lunch and healthy is it? Let us know in the Comments below. Bon appétit!

- Ratha, STACKS Writer

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16. Book Genre Personality Quiz

Question marksPersonality Quiz: Which Book Genre Are You?

With so many books to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by what’s out there. Searching for books by genre is a great way to narrow down your options. Are you curious to know which book genre matches your personality? Are just looking to read something new and different? Take this quiz to find out which genre fits you best!

When you grow up, you want to be . . . A) a writer. B) an actor. C) an artist. D) a teacher.

Your favorite after-school activity is . . .  A) the Quidditch team. B) the drama club. C) the art club. D) the yearbook committee.

On a movie night, you’re most likely watching . . . A) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. B) Despicable Me. C) The Lego Movie. D) Frozen.

When eating out at a restaurant, you . . .  A) always try something new. You like to experiment with dishes you’ve never had before. B) tell the waiter a joke. What did bacon say to the tomato? Lettuce get together! C) draw an elaborate scene on your placemat. Extra crayons, please! D) order the same thing you always get. You can’t beat a side of French fries!

The cover of the last book you read . . . A) looks dark and mysterious. B) makes you giggle. It reminds you of the most hilarious part of the story. C) features a really cool illustration. D) shows a picture of a kid just like you!

Tonight you are most likely to have a dream about . . .  A) going on an adventure in an alternate universe. B) playing a funny prank on a sibling or friend. C) becoming a famous artist one day. D) hanging out with your friends at school.

You are most afraid of . . . A) nothing! You are a fearless explorer! B) anyone without a sense of humor. You can’t imagine a life without laughter! C) your baby sister spilling something on your favorite book. The pictures would get ruined! D) arguing with your best friend. No one likes a disagreement!

Ready to find out which book genre you are? Count up your answers to find out!

If you answered mostly A’s: Your book genre is adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy. You are an explorer and an adventurer at heart. You wish you could attend Hogwarts or visit the Underland. You’re still not convinced that demi-gods don’t exist, and when it comes to reading, you’re ready to enter into a whole new world!

If you answered mostly B’s: Your book genre is humor and comedy. The sweet sound of laughter is like music to your ears, and you’re great at cheering up your friends or siblings with quotes from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. One year, you dressed up as Captain Underpants for Halloween. Hey, maybe someday you will become a comedian!

If you answered mostly C’s: Your book genre is graphic novels. You are an artist; you believe that no book is complete without images. You even create your own comics when you are bored. You are Wonderstruck when awesome drawings are an essential part of the story; it just makes you Smile. (Haha! Did you see what I did there? Wonderstruck and Smile are both book titles! Pretty clever, right?)

If you answered mostly D’s: Your book genre is realistic fiction. You love to read books that guide you on surviving school, dealing with friendship drama, or embracing your dorky side. You know there’s nothing better than reading about scenarios that could happen to you. Your favorite part of any story is feeling like the main characters become your friends!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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17. Mo'ne Davis Movie

MoNe DavisMo’ne Davis Movie Will Be Called Throw Like Mo

Development is underway on a Disney Channel original movie Throw Like Mo, a biographical movie that will tell the inspiring story of Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old sports prodigy who made history in August 2014 as the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. Davis, a member of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, and the first Little League player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated, will consult on the movie.

Mo’ne Davis said, “There are so many great things happening to me right now and it’s a very excitingMo'Ne Davis time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can’t wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true.”

Whether you like baseball or not Mo’ne is a pretty amazing girl. Watch this video interview with our Scholastic News Kids Reporter. Doesn’t she seem just so cool and nice?

What do you think? Are you inspired by Mo’ne? Are you excited to see a movie about her? Leave a Comment!

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18. April Fools' Day Trivia Quiz Answers

question marksHappy April Fools’ Day!

Yesterday, we posted an April Fools’ Day Trivia Quiz. Were you fooled, or did you guess the answers?

  1. What date is April Fools’ Day?
    ANSWER: April 1st.
  2. According to one belief, April Fools’ Day is said to have started in which country? (Hint: Eiffel Tower)
    ANSWER: France. According to one story, in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII changed New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1. People weren’t happy with this, and kept celebrating on April 1. The January people made fun of the April people, and tricked them into running “fools’ errands” and playing tricks on them. Hmm . . . sounds complicated. I’ll just stick to putting rubber bugs in my family’s beds!
  3. In 1998, which restaurant published a fake advertisement for a hamburger for left-handed people? (McDonald’s or Burger King)
    ANSWER: Burger King! They put an ad in the newspaper announcing a new menu item: the Left-Handed Whopper. It had the same ingredients as the original Whopper, but rotated the condiments 180 degrees. Thousands of customers went into BK requesting the new sandwich which was not real!
  4. Back in 2011, which celebrity teen heartthrob singer pretended to let talk show host Jimmy Kimmel shave off his hair?
    ANSWER: Justin Bieber! Luckily, it was all a joke.
  5. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 2005, NASA posted on their website that water had been found on Mars. Was water really found on Mars?
    ANSWER: APRIL FOOL! Well . . . actually yes and no. When readers scrolled down, they saw a picture of a glass of water placed on a Mars candy bar. (Good one!)
  6. What would YOU rather do: put Vaseline on your parents’ toilet seat OR a mustache tattoo on your sister while she’s sleeping?
    ANSWER: No wrong answer, you sneaky trickster, you!
  7. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 1957, Swiss farmers enjoyed a surprise “spaghetti crop” when spaghetti grew on trees.
    ANSWER: APRIL FOOL! It was a BBC prank.

Did you pull any good pranks for April Fools’ Day? I’m looking for some good ideas for next year, so let me know in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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19. Spring Poetry Generator

Peep says Hi.Spring Poetry Generator

Spring is here… or so I’m told! It’s hard to imagine wearing t-shirts and sandals, when only last week, I was digging out the 5 feet of snow surrounding my driveway. But I’m optimistic, so I like to think it will be here sooner rather than later!

To get into the spirit, your job for today’s Writing Prompt is to take the 25 words below, and generate your own spring-themed poem. (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “I Have a Dream” poems you guys wrote were A-mazing.)

You can add articles (little words like “a” and “the”), verbs, or anything that will help it flow, but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!

  • springspring poem generator
  • sing
  • warm
  • sun
  • bathes
  • grass
  • toasting
  • birds
  • reflection
  • freezing
  • glow
  • butterfly
  • laying
  • running
  • flowers
  • kiss
  • garden
  • outside
  • trees
  • beauty
  • never
  • alive
  • falling
  • calling
  • school

Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be infected . . . with Spring Fever!!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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20. Spring vs. Fall Would You Rather

Would you rather . . .Spring vs. Fall Would You Rather

With the snow finally melting, the sound of birds chirping in the air, it can only mean one thing. Spring is here. Finally! It’s been a tough winter, and I’m totally ready. What about you guys?

But some people, as much as they like spring, like fall even better. They’re both such awesome seasons, it’s hard to decide. Which is your favorite?

Would You Rather . . . 

1. Pick flowers in spring OR rake leaves in fall?

2. Have a spring picnic OR a fall campfire marshmallow roast?

3. Eat jellybeans OR candy corns?

4. Be forced to dress up as the Easter Bunny OR a Thanksgiving turkey?

5. Plant a garden OR pick a pumpkin?

6. Drink pink lemonade OR apple cider?

7. Go to an NFL football game in the fall or MLB Opening Day baseball game in the spring?

8. Shop for back-to-school clothes in the fall OR shorts & t-shirts for the spring?

Let us know which season you “spring” for in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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21. March Books of the Month

Recommend me!The Most Popular Books of the Month

This long and dreadful winter is finally, finally coming to a close. At least we had PLENTY of time to power through our to-read lists with all of those snow days and freezing weekends. Unless, of course, you’re from some sunny spot that has never felt the icy grip of below-freezing temperatures . . . in which case, I’m super jealous. But anyway, I asked you last month what books you were reading and loving, and the response was crazy amazing! Thank you everyone who shared their gotta-read-it-right-now picks. Here they are:

march books of the month

Percy Jackson is the runaway favorite this round, but Dork Diaries is getting some serious representation. Go, Dork Diaries fans! Way to show your support! Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus are neck and neck this time. It’s a very close call. Between the two, which is your favorite?

There were a lot of new contenders this time around, too. I see you, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! I’m definitely reading that next.

Let’s keep this going. What other books are you super-excited about? What book must everyone in the world read at least ONCE? Share your picks in the Comments below!

See ya next month!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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22. One Direction Goes In Two Directions

Zayn MalikZayn Is Leaving One Direction!

It’s true. THIS IS NOT A JOKE! After five years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece group in the forthcoming concerts of their world tour, and will record their fifth album, due to be released later this year, without Zayn.

On the official One Direction Family website, Zayn says:

“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”

One Direction say:Jennette McCurdy Zayn Malik

“We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”

You know you’re a Directioner when . . . you wish this was just a bad dream. I remember when I was first introduced to Zayn (not in real life, but you know what I mean!) when I read this crazy, hilarious interview. And remember this One Direction trivia quiz? And who could forget when Sam abducted him on iCarly? Oh, the memories!

What are your best Zayn memories? Leave your tributes in the Comments. We will miss you, Zayn! *sniff*

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Zayn Malik photo courtesy of Sony Pictures, iCarly photo courtesy of Nickelodeon

 

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23. Whatever After #7: Beauty Queen

whatever after Book #7Special STACKS Cover Reveal

We are so excited to introduce the enchanting new book in The New York Times bestselling Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski. Are you ready to see the cover of Beauty Queen? Royal drum roll, please . . . Whatever After: Beauty Queen

What do you think? Rather beautiful, right?! Tell us in the Comments below, and for more Whatever After fun, help Abby play dress up as she falls into a fairy tale.

Whatever After follows the adventures of siblings Abby and Jonah, whose magic mirror leads them into different fairy tales, where hijinks and hilarity ensue! This time, the magic mirror sucks Abby and Jonah into the story of Beauty and the Beast. When Jonah picks a rose from the Beast’s garden, he messes up the story. Abby and Jonah better get creative and save this fairy tale, before things get pretty ugly.

Read a sample excerpt here!

Beauty Queen is available wherever books are sold April 28, 2015.

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24. ABC Quiz

CatEyesWhat Are Your favorites from A-Z?

CatEyes484 created this ABC quiz for you. Go to the Message Board to leave your answers and see what everyone else wrote. Some of these questions are kind of hard! Favorite yo-yo brand??? My favorite yogurt is blueberry. Does that count?

  1. Favorite animal?
  2. Favorite brand?
  3. Favorite color?
  4. Favorite drink?
  5. Favorite emotion?
  6. Favorite food?
  7. Favorite gummy candy?
  8. Favorite horse?
  9. Favorite ice cream?
  10. Favorite joke?
  11. Favorite kin?
  12. Favorite lollipop?
  13. Favorite month?
  14. Favorite nighttime memory?
  15. Favorite origami?
  16. Favorite pizza?
  17. Favorite quality?
  18. Favorite record?
  19. Favorite Skittles flavor?
  20. Favorite treat?
  21. Favorite Under Armour item?
  22. Favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
  23. Favorite warrior?
  24. Favorite XOXO note?
  25. Favorite yo-yo brand?
  26. Favorite zoo?

Do you have your own ABC quiz questions? Leave them in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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25. April Fools' Day Trivia Quiz

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There’s one day in the year when you can’t get in trouble for playing pranks on people. April Fools’ Day! Who can resist getting a glass of “moldy” milk or a gummy worm in your apple?

Are you prepared for April Fools’ Day? To get you in the mood, take a jab at our April Fools’ Day Trivia Quiz. You might get some good ideas!

  1. What date is April Fools’ Day?
  2. According to one belief, April Fools’ Day is said to have started in which country? (Hint: Eiffel Tower)
  3. In 1998, which restaurant published a fake advertisement for a hamburger for left-handed people? (McDonald’s or Burger King)
  4. Back in 2011, which celebrity teen heartthrob singer pretended to let talk show host Jimmy Kimmel shave off his hair?
  5. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 2005, NASA posted on their website that water had been found on Mars. Was water really found on Mars?
  6. What would YOU rather do: put Vaseline on your parents’ toilet seat OR a mustache tattoo on your sister while she’s sleeping?
  7. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 1957, Swiss farmers enjoyed a surprise “spaghetti crop” when spaghetti grew on trees.

If you refuse to be fooled, let us know your answers in the Comments below! Then check back on April Fools’ Day for the answers.

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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