How Do Books Build a Better World ?
Mr. Incredible. Nemo & Marlin. Merida. How does Pixar create characters who are so fully developed that we feel like we know them personally? In Character, our newest storytelling lesson from Pixar in a Box, Pixar story artists teach you how they create such memorable characters.
Learn how Pixar creates characters
Once you’ve learned the Pixar way, we’ll take you through giving life to characters of your own!
April events in History
Apr 2: America Joined World War I 1917
Apr 3: Jesse James - Assassinated 1882
Apr 3: Dr. King's 'Mountaintop Speech' 1968
Apr 4: Poetry - Hear 'O Captain! My Captain!'
Apr 4: Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Apr 5: Helen Keller - At the Water Pump 1887
Apr 6: U.S. Joined World War I - 1917
Apr 7: Poetry - Hear 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'
Apr 7: Attila the Hun Sacked Cities
Apr 8: Pablo Picasso Died
Apr 8: Bonhoeffer - Hanged for Opposing Hitler 1945
Apr 8: Holocaust Remembrance Day
Apr 8: Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Nazi Resistor 1945
Apr 9: Lee Surrenders - End of U.S. Civil War 1865
Apr 9: Bataan ''Death March'' 1942
Apr 11: Apollo 13 - Mission Launches 1970
Apr 11: Poetry - Hear 'Television'
Apr 11: President Truman Fires General MacArthur 1951
Apr 12: Yuri Gagarin - First Person to Orbit Earth 1961
Apr 12: Salk Polio Vaccine Declared Safe/Effective
Apr 12: Death of President Franklin Roosevelt 1945
Apr 13: Apollo 13 - 'Houston, we've had a problem'
Apr 14: President Lincoln's Last Day 1865
Apr 14: Diary of John Wilkes Booth 1865
Apr 14: Assassination of President Lincoln - Video Bio
Apr 15: Sinking of the Titanic 1912
Apr 15: Jackie Robinson - Breaking the Color Barrier 1947
Apr 16: Massacre at Virginia Tech 2007
Apr 17: Bay of Pigs - 'A Perfect Failure' 1961
Apr 17: Battle of Berlin 1945
Apr 18: Poetry - Hear 'Paul Revere's Ride'
Apr 18: Midnight Ride of Paul Revere 1775
Apr 18: Death of Albert Einstein 1955
Apr 19: American Revolution - The First Shots 1775
Apr 20: Marie and Pierre Curie - Radioactive Discovery 1902
Apr 20: Death of the 'Red Baron' 1918
Apr 20: The Underground Railroad 1853
Apr 20: Hitler Last Seen in Public 1945
Apr 21: Henry VIII Becomes King of England 1509
Apr 21: Mark Twain - Historic Footage 1910
Apr 22: Crab Nebula - As a Supernova 1054
Apr 23: Shakespeare at 400 - His Best Insults
Apr 23: First U.S. Public School - Boston Latin 1635
Apr 24: Shackleton and the Endurance 1916
Apr 24: Hubble - Orbiting Telescope 1990
Apr 25: Guillotine First Used in France
Apr 27: Voyage of Discovery - Magellan's Fate
Apr 28: Mutiny on the Bounty'
Apr 29: Poetry - Hear 'Annabel Lee'
Apr 29: The War is Lost' - Ending WWII
Apr 29: Fleeing Saigon - 1975
Apr 30: World Wide Web - Born at Cern 1993
Shmoop on "Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Check out what Shmoop said about the upcoming movie "Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them". To subscribe to Schmoop, click here.
"Real talk: It's been five years since Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows swept audiences away for one last trip to Hogwarts. And now we're ready for another trip to the wizarding world.
Luckily, J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, flies, slithers, and stomps into theaters this Friday.
To prepare for the adventure, we did some digging into Newt Scamander's encyclopedia of fantastic beasts. And in a revelation as shocking as re-shaped Toblerone chocolate bars, we discovered that some of these beasts aren't quite as fantastic as we thought. In fact, we're betting that you've even crossed paths with a few of 'em before. So we thought you should know what you're up against."
Click here to learn about what they have learned!
2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominees announced!
The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017) here on the Teens' Top Ten site.
2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominees(Teens, start reading so you'll be ready to vote in October!)
View an annotated list of the nominees here (pdf).
Freading eBooks for School Help
There is no need to worry about school if your prepared. More reading to make this school year a great one includes:
Mathematics Minus Fear
Does the thought of a math exam make you freeze with fright? Your not alone. 'Mathematics Minus Fear' can help. It covers concepts such as fractions and percentages with humor and clear language.
Be The Best At Science by Rebecca Risman
Award-winning children's author Rebecca Risman offers this fun and fascinating introduction to science for younger children. It's an an excellent way get younger students interested in the importance of science.
Up Your Score SAT 2016-2017
This SAT guide is written completely by students who have received top scores on the SAT's. It gives tips on everything from the most effective methods of preparation to ways to relax at exam time. Because its written by students, it's as fun to read as it is helpful.
The Naked Roommate
This New York Times Best Selling Guide is a must read for all college students. It gives advice on how to deal with roommates, tips on getting through difficult classes, and much more.
"This was recommended by a counselor at my son's college. He is not a big reader but he loved this book and said it helped him a lot."
-An Amazon. com reader review
Click here to go to the FREADING site
Great Homework Help Site - Khan Academy
You've probably heard of the Khan Academy. On the website it states: "Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps."
Click here to access the many helpful videos and instructional material to demystify any classes you're struggling with.
Looking for scholarships?
GoodCall offers a database filled with available scholarships! Check out their site here.
Youngest Author to Make the New York Times Bestseller List!
Jake Marcionette, just 15-years-old, has written two books that have sold millions since 2014, making him the youngest writer to make the New York Times Fiction Bestseller list, and a third book is coming out soon. His mom enforced a compulsory time for writing and reading each day during summer break. At first he reluctantly filled in the time, but came to realize it was enjoyable to express himself and get his thoughts on paper. He really enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and didn't find too many other similar books. When he was 12 years old, he decided to write a book himself, a semi-autobiographical tale about a kid named Jake moving from Florida to Maryland and the humorous adventures he has adjusting to his new home and middle school. Just Jake came out in 2014, followed in 2015 by Just Jake: Dog Eat Dog. Book three in the series, Just Jake: Camp Wild Survival is scheduled to be published in January, 2016.
Marcionette is a popular motivational speaker at schools where he talks with students about goal-setting. “I think the students like to hear a kid’s perspective,” he says. “They can’t connect with an adult the same way they can with me. I’m just like any other kid. The only difference is that I had a goal and I went for it.”
About The Martian
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that space exploration has been a bit touch-and-go with the masses recently. We hope NASA sent author Andy Weir a nice thank-you note because The Martian is credited with giving the space program its biggest PR jolt since the Cold War. (Source)
We all love a good book-to-movie adaptation, so grab a copy of The Martian and get cracking...or re-cracking, as the case may be. Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ShmoopMartian.
Don't forget the freeze-dried popcorn,
Books about children and Teen soldiers
A list of novels, comics and non-fiction about children and teenagers that through necessity, trickery or coercion become soldiers:
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Attack on Titan (manga) – Hajime Isayama
Boy Soldier – Andy McNab
Buffalo Soldier – Tanya Landman
Charley’s War (graphic novel) – Pat Mills & drawn by Joe Colquhoun
CHERUB series – Robert Muchamore
Child Soldier – Jessica Dee Humphreys & Claudia Davila
Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Fullmetal Alchemist (manga) – Hiromu Arakawa
Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Leviathan trilogy – Scott Westerfeld
Little Soldier – Bernard Ashley
Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan
Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah
Rose Under Fire – Elizabeth Wein
The Hero and the Crown & The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden
Warchild – Emmanuel Jal
Dystopian Sequels - Do you know them?
A quiz posted by Shmoop!
How well do you know your YA Dystopian Thriller sequels?
Name the sequel to each of the following books:
1. The Hunger Games
6. City of Bones
7. Beautiful Creatures
9. Daughter of Smoke & Bone
10. Mortal Engines
Yes, we linked, but have some dignity, people. No cheating. Save the clicks till after you guess. Answers are below (and in tiny font, like ya do). Once you've graded yourself, find out how you stacked up.
Yeah, you were definitely the first person killed in the 74th Hunger Games. Not that you'd volunteer, anyway.
1 -3 right:
Hope you like electricity, because you're getting picked off by bulb monsters.
4 - 7 right:
You didn't nail it, but at least you can take that red pill to forget about your mediocre performance.
8 - 10 right:
It's true love for you and these sequels. Let's just hope they're not secret werewolves.
You're a regular Tris Prior: truly divergent.
How'd you do? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ShmoopSequels.
"Thomas had lived in fear and terror the past few weeks, but this was almost too much..."
~ The Scorch Trials
Sounds like us, worried that the second movie won't be as good as the first.
1. Catching Fire 2. Insurgent 3. Pretties 4. Crossed 5. Pandemonium 6. City of Ashes 7. Beautiful Darkness 8. Prodigy 9. Days of Blood and Starlight 10. Predator's Gold 11. Linger
How Has Scout Changed in "Go Set a Watchman" Since "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
It's all about the Books!
Nashville Public Library team celebrates library cards in this adaptation of Meghan Trainor’s performance of “All About That Bass,” as seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Top 10 Most Popular College Majors
Shmoop - We speak student
Perfect for cell-centered people. See: Biology, Semester A.
The major where your business is everyone's business. See: Financial Literacy.
We're not scary computer hacker nerds, we promise. (And there's no prior experience necessary thanks to our Digital Literacy course.)
For those who have a healthy obsession with health. See: Body Image and Eating Disorders.
We hate to break it to you, but if you're going to be an engineer, you'll need math. See: Algebra I, Semester A. (Before you get to studying, narrow it down to which type of engineering you're interested in: Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical...whatever floats your boat.)
You have the right to remain silent...but that's no fun. See: Cyberbullying.
Our econ resources put the "cent" in "incentive." See: Poverty in America.
Nothing jumping out at you? Don't sweat it. We've got loads more majors for you to consider, each with stats on college life, jobs for the major, and long-term prospects.
Hope the wait is worth it, SHMOOP
7 Things You didn't know about Harper Lee
A sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, called Go Set a Watchman, will be hitting shelves this summer. In honor of the news, Schmoop put together a list of little-known facts about this back-in-action author.
1. She's still alive.
You'd be surprised how many people didn't realize that until yesterday. Lee will be publishing her second book in July at the age of 89.
2. She's more popular than Moses.
3. Harper is actually her middle name.
Her first name, Nelle, is her grandmother Ellen's name spelled backward (source
4. She rubbed elbows with the rich and famous...in kindergarten.
5. Even she had writer's block.
At one point, Lee grew so frustrated with the writing process she opened the window of her New York apartment and hurled the entire TKAM manuscript into the snow. Clearly, she got it back.
6. She studied law.
Lucky for us, she quit—but not too early to get some good deets for the courtroom scene in To Kill a Mockingbird.
7. She wrote more than one book.
The manuscript for the TKAM sequel was rediscovered last year, and after some hesitation, Lee agreed to publish it. We hear Peter Jackson is directing the movie adaptation, so get ready for Go Set a Watchman Parts 1-3.
SAT Scores of the Rich and Famous
2. Ke$ha: 1,500
3. Bill Gates: 1,590
4. George W. Bush: 1,206
5. Al Gore: 1,355
6. Scarlett Johansson: 1,080
7. Bill Cosby: 500
8. Steve Wozniak: 800 on the math section
9. Ben Bernanke: 1,590
10. Jesse Eisenberg: 1,260
11. Alex Rodriguez: 910
12. James Franco: "Near-perfect.”
The Spice Guy for Library Research
Stuff YA Readers say
NEW! Navajo County Library District now gives access to the online Britannica Library for all of its patrons. Britannica Library is divided into three easy to use sections; Children, Young Adult, and Reference Center, which has the most detail. Search for Snow or search for Snowden, Britannica Library has thousands of detailed articles that are more researched and more accurate than Wikipedia. Get the facts you need with your Navajo County Libraries' library card. Let's get started!
Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day
Learn something new every day in a fun and interesting way. Wonderopolis's "Wonder of the Day" introduces new topics daily. You can even subscribe to them via email so you don't miss a single one. Bookmark this link and start learning a little something each day.
Great Science Links!
Read about fascinating scientific news and developments.
Give Him a Hand
Kansas teen makes prosthetic for young friend.
"Matthew Shields flashes a smile and high-fives Mason Wilde with the prosthetic on his right hand. Born without fingers on that hand, Matthew, 9, now uses his Robohand to open doors, carry books and catch a ball-thanks to Mason, 17, who made the device with a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kan." Read the full article.
Featured Career - Magician
Shmoop's website has many articles on different careers. The currently featured career is Magician. Find out what types of careers are available in this exciting field, including Stage Illusionists, Table Illusionists, Escape Artists, and Mentalists. Which is best for you? It depends on your skills and interests. Check out this article and get started right now.
Take Shmoop's Career Test
Teens Create Their Own App Development Business
No Ladies Took AP Computer Science in Three States
File this under "needs improvement." Not one female student in Mississippi, Montana, or Wyoming took the AP Computer Science test in 2013. On top of that shocking stat, only 20% of the 30,000 students who took the exam were female. This is extra sad because several studies have shown that computer science-related majors have the lowest rates of unemployment and the highest earning potential. Read more.
Time Warp Trio
Based on the Time Warp Trio television series, this site offers educational games and adventures that help you learn about history in a fun way.
Teen eBooks through Freading!
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS
REMEMBERING JOHN LENNON
John Lennon was killed during the evening hours of December 8, 1980. Earlier in the day, he had given an interview about his current life and his hopes for the future. This clip features an excerpt from that interview, conducted by Dave Sholin (assisted by Laurie Kaye) on behalf of RKO Radio. Hours after John spoke these words, he was dead (at the age of 40).
Lennon had also agreed to an extended interview with Jonathan Cott - from Rolling Stone magazine - three days before he was shot. That interview (in its entirety) was released (for the first time) to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Lennon's death. We provide links to it.
62 Magical Facts About . . .Harry Potter
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31, the same day as his creator, J.K. Rowling. Click here for those 62 magical facts about the series.
From NoodleTools : If you're not sure where to start, this chart can give you some direction on which web sites or search engines can provide you with the best information on your topic.
KidsClick! : Broken down by category, this site provides a list of web resources on every subject imaginable - designed by librarians.
Are you trying to decide which college you'd like to attend? http://Study.com has basic admissions information on major colleges and universities in each state. They offer statistics on the colleges themselves as well as the cities that surround them. Check out the stats here.
If you're looking to take some free online courses, check out the list Education-Portal.com has put together. Listed by general subject area - including business, technology, science, and liberal arts - this site lists free online courses from some of the country's top universities.