#MathPics winners for week 2 AND more chances to win!

DSC_4881In celebration of the much anticipated launch of MATH 180, we encouraged you to join our #MathPics photo contest for some math-focused fun and a chance to win some prizes!

Here are the winners for the second week:

1.) Math is everywhere, even on my floor home from school! Patterns, angles, lines, shapes.

2.) Geometric shapes!  

3.) The lottery: one in (several) million.

Don’t worry if you haven’t entered yet, you still have two more weeks left to enter for a chance to win some cool prizes! When you see examples of math in the world around you any time between now and May 12, snap a photo and post it to Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #MathPics. Continue reading #MathPics winners for week 2 AND more chances to win!

OOM book club: The Summer Prince

summerprinceIt’s finally here! Welcome to the first official OOM book club discussion! As we previously announced, this month’s book selection was Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince. Did you read it? Join us right here for a discussion at 1pm ET!

We’ll update this post as the discussion begins. Some thoughts to get you started:

  • How would you describe the world of The Summer Prince?
  • What role does art play in this book? What role does technology play?
  • In what ways is Palmares Tres similar to today? In what ways is it different?

Stay tuned! And, join us on Twitter at #summerprince.

 And the discussion has begun!

 The book’s editor, Arthur A. Levine, has just joined us too! Continue reading OOM book club: The Summer Prince

T-minus one week until the 2013 Summer Challenge begins!

SummerChallengeFact: Early and sustained summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for children and lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college.

Studies show that reading during the summer months isn’t something kids simply should do, it’s something they need to do. We know it can be difficult to get kids motivated to read, especially when they are out of school and subject to so many distractions (Summer camp! Baseball games! Pool parties!) That’s why we’ve built a program that not only provides parents, teachers, and kids with helpful resources to encourage summer reading, but one that gets kids truly excited to read every day. First and foremost, the Scholastic Summer Challenge is fun. That’s why thousands of kids participate each year to set a new world record in reading (which was an impressive 95,859,491 minutes last year, by the way). And guess what? The 2013 Summer Challenge begins in one week! That means that on Monday May 6, 2013, kids will begin logging their reading minutes and will continue to do so all summer long. We can’t wait to see how much they read!  Continue reading T-minus one week until the 2013 Summer Challenge begins!

Six months since Sandy

SandyIt’s been six months since Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses, and schools, and leaving a devastating path of destruction in its wake. The damage was severe, but from the tragedy also came inspiring stories of courage and resilience. In the affected areas, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, a group of kid reporters ages 8-12, wrote about the stories coming out of their own neighborhoods, and we were overwhelmed by touching stories of communities coming together to re-build. In an effort to help the schools and libraries in the regions most severely damaged by the storm, Scholastic pledged to donate one million books, and did our best to supply parents and teachers with recovery resources.

We all respond to tragedies like Sandy in different ways: some volunteer to deliver supplies to those in need; others pledge their time to disaster-relief organizations or donate money to organizations like the Red Cross. And some respond with art or writing that beautifully encapsulates the experience itself.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (the nonprofit that administers the Awards) received dozens of submissions that dealt with Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath. One such piece was by Leigh Brooks, a 12-year-old student in 7th grade at Brooklin School in Brooklin, ME, who received a Gold Key for poetry in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. As National Poetry Month draws to a close, we thought it’d be a perfect time to share Leigh’s poem:

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Keep your books close and your libraries closer

librariesA guest post from Russell Thomas, our Intranet director, on the role libraries have always played in his life.

Growing up in the Bronx and moving from neighborhood I was always privileged to have a branch of the New York Public Library within easy walking distance. Whether it was the Francis Marion branch — I didn’t know who he was the first time I visited, but took his biography out to learn — that was right across the street from what was then New York University’s uptown campus; the Fordham Library which was the largest I had ever seen until I stepped inside the fabled Main Branch, or the Van Cortlandt Library where I brought my own children to introduce them to the magic of books and the rite of passage of their own Library card. They were all so close that you could take a young child by the hand and walk there and back without the slightest complaint.

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In Our Feeds: A Shakespeare flowchart, an iPad addict, and librarians being awesome

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Every Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool.  We call it In Our Feeds.  Have a good weekend!

After another heavy week, we could all use a little fun. Here’s hoping this week’s links bring a smile to your face.

Kristen shared a really sweet piece about the memories that stay with parents and their kids through the books they read together. Whether reading print books or ebooks, we know how important it is to read every day, but be careful with those electronic devices; they can be addictive. (If you don’t believe me, check out this article that Alex found about Britain’s youngest iPad addict–she’s only four years old!)

April 23 marked William Shakespeare’s birthday, and in his honor, Goodreads put together an awesome flowchart to help you decide which of Shakespeare’s works to read next. Thanks to Nadia for sharing! And speaking of charts, I just so happened to stumble across a comparison chart of potential husbands from YA fantasy. (Now if only I could decide between Peeta Mellark and Ron Weasley…)

And now onto cool library news. Michael found these great vintage photos of librarians being awesome. But what’s beyond awesome is the article Jess shared, which sound like a real-life Nancy Drew mystery. According to this piece from BBC News, a sealed letter arrived at Britain’s historic Lambeth Palace Library in 2011 and unveiled an incredible secret. Written by a former employee and forwarded to the library shortly after his death, the letter revealed the whereabouts of some of the the library’s most valuable books, which staff knew had been stolen, but had never found… It was what a rare book dealer called “one of the biggest such thefts in recent decades.”

And on that note, hope you all have a fun-filled weekend with lots of great reads!

 

Do you need a plucky young girl protagonist to make a classic?

What causes a book to resonate with an audience?  What make a book a classic?Pride and Prejudice book

I was listening to the Slate Audio Book Podcast on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice when this every question came up.  The question was posed: Do you need a plucky young girl who doesn’t follow the rules of her society to make a beloved classic?  Admittedly there is a lot of antidotal evidence on bookshelves and reading lists across the world that point to the answer being yes.

Take Pride and Prejudice to start.  Had Lizzie Bennett been a good and dutiful daughter of her age, she would have become Mrs. William Collins.  Both she and — let’s be honest, all of us – would have missed out on her great love story.  What others saw as pragmatism, Lizzie saw as compromise.  Lizzie Bennett followed her own rules, staked a claim in her own life and ultimately lived a life that made her happy.  Continue reading Do you need a plucky young girl protagonist to make a classic?