Parents' Guide to

Scholastic's The Stacks

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Community, news, and fun for tween readers, with ads.

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THE STACKS is Scholastic's official spot online for kids ages 8-13. Scholastic's main website and catalogs have oodles of material for parents, teachers, and kids of various ages to sort through, so it's nice that The Stacks is the place just for tweens. While at The Stacks (still in beta), kids can communicate on moderated message boards with other kids about the books they love and issues that are important to them; they can play games, learn about their favorite authors and celebrities, and practice their writing skills. The video section is fairly celebrity heavy; It would be nice to see more authors, teachers, and "real kids" featured. There are also a lot of ads here, a definite downside, but overall this is an excellent site for young independent readers to be affirmed for reading, one of the healthiest habits young people can cultivate.

Online interaction: The message boards are monitored by moderators who actually respond to kids' individual posts. This helps to create a positive atmosphere where kids are heard and, therefore, tend to make more meaningful and respectful comments.

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  • Genre: Fan Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: April 8, 2016

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