Awards season is coming up, and so of course is the New Year — traditionally a time when everyone looks back and remembers their favorite parts of the year that’s passing. So we decided to combine the two, and came up with the OOMies — our version of the Emmys!
We scoured the year in OOM posts and picked out some entries we think are worth taking a second (or third, or seventh) look at, either because they’re really smart, or really funny, or really important. So, we officially present you with: the 2011 OOMies!
What a year it’s been for us here on the Scholastic blog!
We underwent a massive redesign (going from this to this), doubled our number of bloggers to 12, upped our posts from one a day to two to four…and it’s all because of you, our readers, who engage with us, inspire us, correct us, teach us, and help us in our mission of getting kids to learn to read and love to read.
THANK YOU from the bottom of our OOM hearts.
There’s no better time of year than now to look back, so we thought we’d show you our top 10 most read posts of the year — truly a showcase of the diversity of our readers.
It’s no surprise that it was a big year for The Hunger Games, and our posts reflected that, but as you’ll see, it was also a big year for posts about teachers, libraries, and other books.
Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, came in at the top of the list. The Kid Reporters listed him not only for his groundbreaking contributions to technology, but also for his work with Pixar Studios which produced many of their favorite films.
You’ve made your lists, you’ve checked them twice and you’re almost there – the holiday season finish line! But wait, did you send out your holiday cards?! The custom of holiday cards is just one more reason that this is a special time of year as we take an extra minute to send notes to friends, family and coworkers. Personally, I love the tradition of writing out cards and the excitement of seeing mail from loved ones in my mailbox instead of just credit card offers. But it can be overwhelming at times as the list of recipients grows and the blank page, even a page as small as a greeting card, threatens with a loss of new words. I admit that sometimes I find myself wishing for a muse to help me write unique and witty notes. That got me thinking, what if a famous author could write my holiday cards for me? Who would be my dream pick?
You Are What You Read polled users on which author they would choose and adult book lovers are having trouble deciding between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen but for kid readers the choice is clear: Dr. Seuss. I think I pick Dr. Seuss too. How magical a note from J.K. Rowling would be and how elegant a Jane Austen letter must read but how FUN to receive a holiday wish from Dr. Seuss! Wouldn’t you like to send greetings of the season, for just the simple reason, that your wishes and hopes, as Whos on sleighs fly down slopes, are that your friends and family will be happy the whole year through and their dreams will come true? I would!
Which author would you choose to assist you in sending holiday cheer?
The anticipation is building for the release of The Hunger Games movie. I realized that even the fashion world is getting excited when I came across this great article from InStyle. They asked famous designers to sketch their designs for Katniss’s epic fire dress. The result? Ten amazing and gorgeous interpretations.
Situations like this only highlight the fact that upholding respect for the many beliefs and practices that people observe is much easier said than done. Over the years, there have been many controversies and debates over the presence of holidays in public schools and what is and isn’t allowed in terms of celebration. I asked my fellow OOMers to share their experiences, which were surprisingly similar. Continue reading Topic of the Day: School Holidays→