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1. Gift for Readers

giftPrintable Book Plates

Are you looking for a last-minute gift to give to your friends who love reading? Print out a bunch of these bookplates on pretty paper. Then trim them to size, tie them up with a ribbon, and you’re done! Your friends can stick them in all their favorite books. You can print some for yourself, too!

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You can find more bookplates to print out here.

Happy Holidays!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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2. The Badger Knight

The badger knightThe Badger Knight (for ages 8 and up) by Kathryn Erskine

The year is 1346. Adrian is almost 13 years old but he isn’t like most other boys his age. He has Albinism, which means he has very pale skin and light hair and eyes. He has almost always been a small, sickly kid. The bullies in his English village call him “badger” because of the dirt he rubs under his eyes to stop the glare from his paper-white skin.

Adrian has a sharp mind, and all he wants to do is go to war as an archer. This is not his father’s plan. Adrian can write, and Adrian’s father wants him to become a scribe. To Adrian, this sounds like the worst job in the world.The badger knight

The Scottish invade near their home in England, and Adrian’s best friend Hugh joins his father on the battlefield. Adrian follows Hugh, determined to find his friend and participate in his glorious vision of warfare. As Adrian ventures through war-ridden England and Scotland, his voyage becomes a true knight’s tale.

But will Adrian even be able to find Hugh? The perils of war don’t exactly resemble what Adrian had pictured in his head. Will he make it home safely? Read the book to find out how this young knight’s adventure ends. Have you already read The Badger Knight? Leave your Comments in the section below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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3. Literary Cats

Rainbow PenFamous Books Written by Literary Cats

Most people know that cats are smart, but did you know that many famous books were actually written by cats? I had no idea until I discovered these books in my cat’s library (a.k.a. his pile of treasured possessions hidden under the couch).Diary of a Wimpy Cat

Can you identify these literary masterpieces written by cats?

  • Diary of a Wimpy Cat by Jeff Kitty
  • Purrrcy Catson and the Olympians by Rick Rowr-dan
  • Little Kittens by Louisa May Alcat
  • Furry Pawter and the Dog’s Bone by J.K. Meowling
  • Say Meow and Chase that Tiny, Moving Red Dot! by R. L. Feline

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

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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4. Christmas Chihuahua Dog

Create a CaptionCreate a Caption!

This tiny reindeer is ready to ride! Leave your caption for Rudolph’s baby Chihuahua brother in the Comments!

Christmas Chihuahua

Image credit 55Laney69

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5. Annie Actress Quvenzhané Wallis

Annie movieMeet the New Annie!

The new movie Annie comes out in theaters on December 19 and we have an interview with the 11-year-old girl who plays Annie. Her name is Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced kwuh-ven-zhuh-nay), and she is the youngest person to ever have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress! Read on to hear about her role in the Annie movie.

Q: Did you like shooting the musical parts of the film?
Quvenzhané: Yes, I liked shooting the musical parts of the film because I like to sing and dance.

Q: Were you a fan of the original Annie before you accepted the role?
Quvenzhané: Yes, I was a big fan of Annie when I accepted the role. When we heard that Sony was remaking Annie, I watched to see what it was about and fell in love. I love to sing and dance along with Annie, now people are going get to sing and dance along with me.Annie movie

Q: How does the new movie differ from the original?
Quvenzhané: We’ve made some updates to make it feel like 2014. Like Annie is a foster kid, not an orphan. Mr. Stacks is the head of a cell phone company and cell phones did not exist in the original.

Q: Who is your favorite character in the movie, and why?
Quvenzhané: Ms. Hannigan. She is so funny!

Q: Did any of the older stars in the movie have tips or advice for you?
Quvenzhané: Jamie [Foxx who plays Mr. Stacks] taught me to just have fun. Don’t be so serious. We use laughter to get through some scenes. He would make it fun by telling me funny things or making funny gestures. Rose [Byrne who plays Grace] taught me to always be me and to be kind. Cameron [Diaz who plays Miss Hannigan] taught me to take care of myself. She would check on me to make sure I had what I needed.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
Quvenzhané: My favorite subject in school is science.

Q: Your favorite snack to eat on-set?
Quvenzhané: My favorite snack is grapes.

Q: Your favorite thing to do when you are done filming?
Quvenzhané: I like cheerleading, playing basketball and volleyball, reading, swimming, and riding my bike and scooter for fun.

Q: What is your all-time favorite book or author?
Quvenzhané: I like Roald Dahl books because of the mystery.

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6. What Kids Want in Books

Recommend me!What Do You Want in Books?

I mentioned in a post yesterday that Scholastic just completed a national survey of children aged 6–17 to study their “attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.” According to 70% of kids aged 6–17, books that “make me laugh” rank highest on the list across all ages. Here are some more stats for What Kids Want in Books:

  • Children aged 6–8 are more likely than older children to want books with characters that “look like me.”
  • Children aged 9–11 are more likely than younger children to want books that “have a mystery or a problem to solve.”
  • Children aged 12–14 are more likely than older children to want books with “characters I wish I could be like because they are smart, strong or brave.”
  • Children aged 15–17 are more likely than younger children to want books that help them “forget about real life for a while.”

In addition, 73% of children aged 6–17 agree with the statement, “I would read more if I could find more books that I like.”

Do these statistics represent YOU? Leave a Comment to tell us your favorite book with a character who looks like you, or with a mystery, or with smart, strong characters. Tell us what you really want in books!

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7. Favorite Funny Books

Funny Books FiestaScholastic wants to know . . . What are your favorite funny books?

Scholastic just completed a national survey of children aged 6–17 to study their “attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.” According to 70% of kids aged 6–17, books that “make me laugh” rank highest on the list across all ages.

Here at the STACKS, we already know you love funny books, but we want to know which funny book is your favorite and why?

Please tell us in the Comments! And if you are among the 30% of kids who did not pick funny books as your favorite, tell us what is YOUR favorite kind of book to read for fun?

 

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8. Holiday Song Mashup

Christmas cookiesTest Your Holiday Song Smarts!

You know it’s finally the holiday season when you turn on the radio and it’s nothing but your favorite holiday jams! Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit like a great holiday song. So I thought it would be a great idea to give y’all a trivia quiz featuring mashed-up, mixed-up holiday song titles!

In case you’re new to the world of title combination quizzes, here’s how to play. Below is a list of 10 holiday songs, but they’re not the songs you’re familiar with. I combined two song titles together, and you get to determine the two original song titles!

For example, “We Wish You A Merry Silent Night” is a mashup of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Silent Night.”

Can you decode the titles below?

  1. All I Want for Christmas is Bell Rock
  2. Do You Want to Build a Red-Nosed Reindeer?
  3. Rockin’ Around the Navidad
  4. Holly Jolly Mean One, Mister Grinch
  5. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  6. Where Are You Silver Bells?
  7. Deck the Christmas Wrapping
  8. 12 Days of Comin’ To Town
  9. Let It Snow Home for Christmas
  10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Sleigh Ride
  11. Frosty the Jingle Bells

BONUS: Auld Lang Wenceslas

Can you figure out what the original song titles are? Share your answers in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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9. Holiday Present Personality Quiz

giftWhich Holiday Present Is Best For You?

It’s holiday time and everyone is probably asking you what you want for Christmas or Hanukkah. Well, here is a personality quiz to help you simplify your answer. Answer these questions to find out your holiday present personality.

  1. It’s a snow day! You spend the day . . . A) outside building snowmen and having sled races with your friends. B) reorganizing your closet and playing dress-up. C) making a dent in your ever-growing to-read list. D) learning how to knit. E) playing your favorite video game.
  2. Your class is having a holiday party and you’re in charge of dessert. What do you bring? A) Whatever your mom picks out will be fine. B) Cupcakes from your favorite (trendiest) bakery in town. C) An apple pie made from a recipe that’s been in your family for generations. D) A cake you decorated yourself. E) You were supposed to bring dessert??? Oops.
  3. Your mom wants to take a family photo for the holidays. You pick an outfit that . . . A) looks like your regular everyday uniform of jeans and a T-shirt. B) took forty hours to plan because you gotta look hip and perfect! C) is sensible and cute, so you wear your favorite winter sweater. D) is colorful and bright. E) represents your unique and quirky personality: your favorite tee and a Santa hat.
  4. Your favorite subject in school is . . . A) Phys Ed. B) Social Studies. C) Language Arts. D) Art. E) Computers.
  5. ‘Tis the season to give! You give back during the holidays by . . .  A) organizing a fundraiser to help preserve wildlife habitats. B) running a clothing drive. C) donating loved books to your local library. D) volunteering in an animal shelter. E) serving meals at a homeless shelter.
  6. Your favorite book genre is . . .  A) non-fiction. B) realistic fiction. C) fantasy. D) mystery. E) funny books.
  7. Your favorite food is . . . A) sandwiches. B) sushi. C) pizza. D) chocolate. E) ice cream.
  8. Your dream winter getaway vacation is . . . A) a snowboarding trip. B) a fabulous city with excellent shopping options. C) a tropical beach where you can stretch out and read a great book. D) a safari. E) a rainforest adventure.
  9. Your friends would best describe you as . . . A) intense. B) stylish. C) loyal. D) artistic. E) funny.

If you answered mostly A’s: Sports and outdoor adventure gear
You’re super-curious and love a physical challenge, so equipment to prepare you for action-packed adventures is your holiday present personality. As someone who’s upbeat and likes to stay active, you’re happy to spend all winter out in the snow playing games with your friends. What could make those games better than a new football or walkie-talkie set? You keep doing you, kid adventurer. Just remember to leave outdoor activities outdoors — slam-dunks are best executed on the basketball court, not in the living room!

If you answered mostly B’s: Clothing
You’re a whip-smart fashion lover who will settle for nothing less than the perfect winter outfit this holiday season. You understand that staying warm doesn’t mean you have to look dumpy — layers are your best friend! And you know how to rock them with flair. A little wardrobe update is all it takes to get you in the holiday spirit this season. Everyone knows you’re at least ten steps ahead of the curve and are willing to wear some of the most outrageous things in the name of style. Turn that freshly-shoveled driveway into your personal catwalk!

If you answered mostly C’s: Books
Your friends know you as a trustworthy, loyal, and dependable person who will stick it out to the very end. Your personality is low-key and thoughtful, and the gift of a book picked out just for you is guaranteed to brighten up your holiday season. A classic gift that never goes out of style, books are the perfect present for a laid-back but brainy friend. After all, what better way is there to pass the cold winter months than inside curled up with an awesome book?

If you answered mostly D’s: Art supplies
You’re a creative, free-spirited individual who likes to march to the beat of your own drum. That’s why people love you! You want a gift that will allow you to express yourself, so your holiday present personality is the most creative of all. You’re happiest spending the holiday season constructing masterpieces and learning new arts and crafts. All of your friends are going to have a great time telling everyone that they knew you before you were famous.

If you answered mostly E’s: Video games
Real life is awesome, but you’d rather be calling the shots in a different universe — which is why your holiday present drops you off in a virtual world! You’re a risk-taker and like to choose your own adventure. Whether you’re battling dragons or racing cars (or both), your fantasy universe is full of fast-paced action and excitement. You have great energy and really pump up everyone around you. It’s not going to be a party without you around!

Hope this helps you with your holiday list! Leave a Comment to tell us what gifts you are hoping to get this year.

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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10. The LEGO Movie Kid Review

THE LEGO MOVIEThe LEGO Movie (rated PG)

I recommend The LEGO Movie for all ages. It’s a very inspiring story about an average guy named Emmet who thinks life is great. He thinks he’s special, but soon realizes that no one else thinks he is because he’s too average and no one notices him.

By accident, Emmet finds the Piece of Resistance, a tool that can stop the most powerful weapon of all, the Kragle. He goes on a wild adventure and meets all these people that help him try to stop Lord Business. Batruvius, a wise man, is helping Emmet become the ultimate master builder. Emmet keeps saying that he can’t, but Batruvius says otherwise.

LEGO Movie

Image courtesy Warner Bros.

In the end, Emmet starts to believe in himself and becomes the ultimate master builder. Now that he believes, he is a hero to all the people who never noticed him before. This movie can inspire you to believe in yourself so you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. I recommend this movie to people who need confidence and love funny movies.

What do you think of The LEGO Movie? Leave a Comment!

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

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11. Meet Nicolette Pierini from Annie

Nicolette PieriniAsk an Annie Actress!

Nicolette Pierini is the actress who plays the youngest orphan Mia alongside Quvenzhané Wallis in the classic musical-comedy, Annie (rated PG). I can tell that a lot of you are excited for this movie, set for release on December 19, 2014, so I have arranged a special treat for you. Nicolette (a.k.a. Mia) has offered to answer your questions about the Annie movie and about her life as an actress so far.

Annie movie

Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment

Please leave your questions for Nicolette in the Comments and come back to read the answers on December 19!

Nicolette Pierini photo credit:Yolanda Perez

 

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12. Favorite Kids Movies

Hi!The Best Kids Movies According to Rowan

All of these movies are rated G or PG and are recommended by Rowan from the Scholastic Kids Council. Check out the list and see if your favorites on on it.

Leave a Comment and tell what YOU think the best movies for kids are!

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13. The Madman of Piney Woods

The Madman of Piney Woods (for ages 8 and up) by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Madman of Piney Woods book coverAt first glance, Benji and Red couldn’t seem more different. It’s 1901, and Benji is a descendent of African-American slaves who escaped to freedom in Canada by way of the Underground Railroad. He is 12 years old, works for the local newspaper, and hopes to be a journalist. Red, on the other hand, is a fiery-haired Irish boy who is interested in science.

Benji and Red have both heard stories of a madman who lives in the woods, but those were just that – stories. But they have actually noticed a strange presence in the woods. It seems like someone is always watching them, tracking their every move. When they realize they’ve both experienced the same funny feeling, the boys decide to take a closer look at what’s going on under the cover of the woods.

There’s no way the Madman of Piney Woods could be real . . . is there?

You’ll have to read to find out whether the madman is fact or fiction!

Did you read Elijah of Buxton? Several of the characters make cameo appearances in The Madman of Piney Woods. Let us know what you think in the Comments section below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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14. Giving Tuesday

giftWHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is officially underway. I know you’re thinking about all the things you want to get for Christmas or Hanukkah. But today is known as Giving Tuesday and it’s a good day to think about what you want to GIVE for the holidays.

We have a day for giving thanks (a.k.a. Thanksgiving). We have two for getting deals (a.k.a. Black Friday and Cyber Monday). We even have Small Business Saturday for shopping at local small businesses. Now, we also have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. According to the GivingTuesday website, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Think about what you want to give to your family, to your friends, and then think about people in the world who have much less than you do. Can you help raise money for them? Can you donate a used coat to keep someone warm? Can you knit for AIDS orphans in South Africa, or donate pajamas to children living in shelters? Can you donate books to kids who don’t have any?

What will you GIVE this holiday season? Tell us in the Comments.

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15. National Cookie Day Writing Prompt

Christmas cookiesInvent the Most Amazing Cookie Ever for National Cookie Day!

Sure, December has lots of holidays, but did you know that December 4th is actually National Cookie Day? This sweet little holiday gets overshadowed by the big ones, so we decided to finally give it the attention it deserves.

A little known fact is that “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekje” which means little cake. Dutch bakers used to test out small amounts of their cake batters in the oven (for taste and oven temperatures), and it wasn’t long before they discovered these tiny pieces of cake batter were totally delicious. Hence a cookie was born.

If you had to make the most amazing cookie EVER, what would it be? What ingredients would you combine? What would you name it? (I think I would make a chocolate-marshmallow-fudge-sprinkle cookie!)

Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with in the Comments below. And don’t forget on Dec. 4 to bring some cookies to school, and wish your friends a Happy Cookie Day!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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16. Holiday TV Specials: Would You Rather

holiday movie traditionsHo-Ho-Holiday Specials: Would You Rather

Not only is December the time for holiday cheer, it’s also the time for awesome TV! I always look forward to those favorite old holiday TV specials that make me want to cozy up in a blanket with my hot chocolate in one hand, and the remote control in the other.

From the Grinch to Charlie Brown to Frosty, I could get lost in the world of holiday TV specials. In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s deck the halls Would You Rather style. So check out the below and let us know . . .

Would You Rather . . . 

1. Watch the old Scrooge in black & white OR Mickey’s Christmas Carol with Mickey Mouse and friends?
Scrooge airs Dec. 18 at 9:15 p.m. on TMC. The black & white version from 1935 airs right after that!
Mickey’s Christmas Carol airs on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. (and repeats a bunch).

2. See win a snowball fight: Frosty the Snowman OR the Abominable Snowman?
Frosty the Snowman airs Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. on CBS
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (featuring Abominable) airs on Dec.9 at 8 p.m. on CBS

3. Cuddle up with which cute Christmas puppy: Snoopy from A Charlie Brown Christmas OR Budderball from Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws?
A Charlie Brown Christmas airs Dec. 2 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC
Santa Paws airs Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. on Disney           

4. Which Grinch would you rather hang with in Whoville: Jim Carey in How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the 2-hour movie OR the animated Grinch from the 1966 cartoon?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas half-hour show airs Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. on TBS.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie airs Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. on ABC Family.

5. Live in Sombertown where toys are outlawed from Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town OR get stuck on The Polar Express train?
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town airs on Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. on ABC Family.
The Polar Express airs on Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. on ABC Family.

6. Hang out with Will Ferrell as an overgrown but adorable man-elf in Elf OR Tim Allen who has to fill in for Santa Claus in The Santa Clause?
Elf airs Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
The Santa Claus airs Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.

7. Have Ralphie’s mom from A Christmas Story OR Fiona from Shrek the Halls?
A Christmas Story airs all day starting on Christmas Day on TBS!
Shrek the Halls airs Dec. 23 on ABC at 8 p.m.

Some of these air early, even in November, so get ready to celebrate the season after you finish that last bite of turkey! Let us know what YOU’D rather in the Comments below!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

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17. Washington, D.C. Best Kept Secrets

Hi!Washington, D.C. Travel Tips for Families!

I’ve been a United States President fanatic since first grade, so it was only natural that my mom started bringing me to Washington, D.C. during summer vacations. I’ve been there three times, and here are some tips I’ve learned.

Washington D.C. Capitol building

Photo by Nicholas Raymond

Tip #1: Everything is awesome, especially the D.C. Metro.
The Metro is an underground subway, and it is a good way to get around D.C. It’s safe, clean, and easy to use. Within a few days I learned all the lines to take. Some places don’t have a Metro stop nearby, so be ready to walk a little. It will be worth it because you are probably going somewhere awesome.

Tip #2: Get more out of your Capitol building tour.
You can book a tour through the Capitol building website or through your congressional representative. I’ve done both, and the tour from my Congressperson’s office was way better. I got to see more stuff, such as the Brumidi Corridors and the spot where George Washington laid the original cornerstone for the Capitol. It was also a smaller group, so there was more time for questions. Remember to pick up your passes to see a session of the Senate or House of Representatives. If you get lucky, you might be able to see a debate in action. I saw a minor debate and it was totally worth the line.

Tip #3: National Postal Museum: Mail yourself to a great time!
I was really surprised by this museum. I thought it would be boring, but it was extremely fun. It was interesting to see how mail delivery developed from pony carts to modern trucks and airplanes. When I was there I saw a Titanic and Hindenburg exhibit on how these accidents disrupted the mail system. I also learned about a mail dog named Owney.

Tip #4: Make a visit to Woodrow Wilson’s home.
This is not the first thing you think of when you go to D.C. (unless your parents are Princeton University alumni). You get to see Woodrow Wilson’s whole house, from the kitchen to his room. An especially interesting thing is the elevator he used to get around, since he had a wheelchair at the end of his life.

These places are just an introduction to D.C. There is a truckload full of more sites, memorials, branches of government, and museums to visit. Have fun!

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

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18. Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia ANSWERS

Thanksgiving Trivia QuizRead the answers to our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia Quiz.

To get you in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I posted a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia Quiz! Did you gobble up the questions, and spit out the answers? Or did it give you indigestion? (I hope not!) Without further ado, check out the answers below:

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photo by Sachyn Mital

  1. Which city is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in? ANSWER: New York City. It starts at 77th St./Central Park West and ends at 34th St. in front of Macy’s . . . (of course).
  2. Who is always on the LAST float in the parade? ANSWER: B) Santa Claus! Every year since 1924 Santa and Mrs. Claus close the parade.
  3. Which book character will be a balloon in the 2014 parade? ANSWER: A) Greg Heffley! Although I would like to see Slappy one year . . . 
  4. Macy’s symbol is a red _________. ANSWER: Star.
  5. The Radio City _________ also perform a famous holiday dance number in the parade. ANSWER: Radio City Rockettes.
  6. Which character has never been a balloon in the parade? ANSWER: D) Elsa from Frozen. Although Idina Menzel (the actress who does Elsa’s voice) is set to perform this year!
  7. Which float has been in the parade for 40 years straight? ANSWER: A) Sesame Street!
  8. In 1997, several balloons had to come down due to high winds and safety concerns during the parade. Which balloon caused the most serious damage? ANSWER: A) The Cat in the Hat. The balloon was as tall as a 6-story building, and was careening out of control before it crashed into and broke the arm off a lamp post at 72nd St. Those winds can be hazardous!

Hope you enjoy the parade and turkey today! Gobble, gobble.

Ratha, Stacks Writer

 

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19. The Worry Tree Review

The Worry TreeThe Worry Tree (for ages 7-10) by Marianne Musgrove

Juliet worries way too much. She has problems at school, home and within herself. She can never get them out of her mind, no matter how hard she tries. She can’t stop worrying! Does that ring a bell? Do you have worries you can’t stop thinking about? Whether or not you do, you will enjoy The Worry Tree by Marianne Musgrove.

Juliet finds an old tree painted on the wall after she peels up the wallpaper in her new room. Her Nana explains the legend of the Worry Tree to her, and Juliet is intrigued. Could this solve her problems and finally get her worries out of her mind?

It is really easy to relate to Juliet’s problems because this book has a realistic amount of drama and doesn’t send characters into fake drama hysterics. I enjoyed this book because it isn’t magical in the way Harry Potter is, but it does have a mystical element! This is a very easy read; I read it in third grade in a day. Nonetheless, older kids will enjoy this too! If you are looking for a fun and easy read, The Worry Tree is perfect!

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

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20. Starring Jules Trailer

Starring Jules book #4New Book Trailer for the Starring Jules Series (for ages 7-10)

You should watch this AWESOME trailer if ANY of these apply to you:

  • You love the Starring Jules series by Beth Ain.
  • You like catchy songs.
  • You don’t know why you aren’t famous yet.
  • You enjoy blowing milk bubbles.
  • You’re a regular kid.
  • Your teacher is strict.
  • You have a little brother.
  • You wear pigtails in your hair.
  • You like reading books that make you laugh!

If you nodded your head yes to any of those, then this series is for you. Still not convinced? Check out the trailer and rock out with shining star Jules Bloom!

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21. The Sound of Music Movie Review

The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music (rated G) Movie Review

My favorite movie would have to be The Sound Of Music! I love the story that it tells and how it does it in such a creative way. The characters sing songs to express their feelings, which is not something you see in an everyday movie. The music is what I love most about the movie. I get the songs stuck in my head for days after watching it!

I would recommend this movie to children my age for various reasons. To begin with, if you are a music lover like me, then this is what to watch because there are many different types of songs. Some songs are happy or funny, while others are romantic or sad. The actors and actresses are so talented.

In addition, the movie is all about the love that the nanny, Maria, gives to the seven kids she cares for. They learn to love her even though they want to be mean to her at first. It shows you that sometimes things work out differently than you planned. Also, the romance between the father of the household and Maria will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Lastly, this movie informs as much as it does entertain. I learned a lot about what happened during World War II, which is a very important time in history. I love The Sound Of Music, and I bet others will too. It is a classic, but also an original! I recommend it to everyone. I think this is the best movie of all time, and I can’t wait for more people to enjoy the thrill that I had when I first saw it!

Grace, Scholastic Kids Council

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22. November Books of the Month

Recommend me!I asked you all what books you were reading, and you responded with some really awesome book recommendations! I made a word cloud so you call can see which titles are most popular. Percy Jackson is still leading the pack! Check it out:Books of the Month

Now that it’s wintertime, we’re looking at a lot of time spent indoors out of the cold . . . and that means more time for reading! See a title here that you haven’t read yet? Now’s a great time to check it out!

Let’s keep this going. What books are you reading right now? What are your favorite books of all time? What’s the one book you think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime? Leave the title (or titles) in the Comments below. Can’t wait to see what new books you recommend!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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23. Gallagher Girls Readalikes

Gallagher Girls book coverFor Gallagher Girls Fans!

If you like the Gallagher Girls series (for ages 12 and up) by Ally Carter about the Gallagher Academy for Exception Young Women, here are some more books for ages 11-13 about “exceptional” young detectives and spies.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four children are selected for a secret undercover mission while attending the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. See also the other books in the Mysterious Benedict Society series.

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison
Since her father’s death, Gilda Joyce is determined to hone her psychic skills to communicate with the other side, and become an investigator of mysteries of chilling proportions. See also the other books in the Gilda Joyce series.

Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
13-year-old Ingrid adores Sherlock Holmes and channels his skills while trying to solve a murder in her hometown. See also the other books in the Echo Falls Mystery series.

The Ring of Five by Eoin McNamee
After a cab driver drops Danny off at the wrong boarding school, he learns that he is destined to be the only spy that can prevent an evil world from conquering the good world. See also the other books in the Ring of Five series.

I, Q Book #1: Independence Hall by Roland Smith
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys, as Quest and his stepsister Angela find out. See also the other books in the I, Q series.

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Book #1: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
Meet the original spy girl, teenager Nancy Drew!

The Red Blazer Girls Book #1: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Bell
Follow seventh graders Sophie, Margaret, and Rebecca as they help a ghostly neighbor solve a puzzle left more than 20 years ago. See also the other books in the Red Blazer Girls series.

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
Sammy never minds her own business, which is why she’s the best tween detective in California! See also the other books in the Sammy Keyes series.

Spies by Clive Gifford
Do you want to learn about real spies, techniques and secret weapons? If so, this is the perfect book for you!

Jen, STACKS Booktalker

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24. Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia Quiz

Thanksgiving Trivia QuizTake the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia Quiz!

Thanksgiving Day just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving Day without the one and only… Macy’s Parade! I just love getting up, staying in my pj’s, and planting myself right in front of the TV to watch the parade, floats, and music acts. It makes it feel like the holidays are totally, really, officially here.

Originally known as Macy’s Christmas Parade, the Thanksgiving Day Parade was started by Macy’s employees. Many of them were first generation immigrants, and proud of their new American heritage, and they wanted to celebrate with the type of festivals they had in Europe. It featured floats, bands, and animals from the Central Park Zoo! It was such a success they decided to make it an annual event. But it wasn’t until 1927 that the first giant inflatable balloon debuted. Can you guess what it was? Felix the Cat.

Feel the need to march to the beat of more parade trivia? Then check out our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia Quiz:

  1. Which city is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in?
  2. Who is always on the LAST float in the parade? A) Darth Vader. B) Santa Claus. C) An elf. D) A really cute boy band singer.
  3. Which book character will be a balloon in the 2014 parade? A) Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. B) Geronimo Stilton. C) Poseidon from Percy Jackson. D) Slappy the Evil Dummy from Goosebumps.
  4. Macy’s symbol is a red _________. Hint: It’s a shape and also a balloon.
  5. The Radio City _________ also perform a famous holiday dance number in the parade. Hint: They are known for lot of high leg-kicks!
  6. Which character has never been a balloon in the parade? A) The Pillsbury Doughboy. B) Sonic the Hedgehog. C) The Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. D) Elsa from Frozen.
  7. Which float has been in the parade for 40 years straight? A) Sesame Street. B) The Smurfs. C) Dancing kangaroos. D) Mount Rushmore’s American Pride.
  8. In 1997, several balloons had to come down due to high winds and safety concerns during the parade. Which balloon caused the most serious damage? A) The Cat in the Hat. B) Superman. C) Hello Kitty. D) Buzz Lightyear.
  9. Which character would YOU would like to see as a balloon in this year’s parade? Wouldn’t it be cool to see some of your favorite book characters come to life? I would love to see Harry Potter . . . or Voldemort! (He could fire spells and smoke at the spectators!) 

Gobble up, and leave your answers in the Comments below. Come back on Thanksgiving Day for the answers!

– Ratha, Stacks Writer

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25. Thanksgiving Dog Create a Caption

Create a Caption for Thanksgiving Dog!

Thanksgiving Dog dressed as turkey

Happy Thanksgiving from the Churkey photo by Pinké

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends on the STACKS! What do you think this turkey/dog is saying? I think he might be saying, “Don’t eat me! I’m not really a turkey!!”

Leave your caption in the Comments, and have a wonderful Turkey Day!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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