In Our Feeds: Hunger Games quotes, fan letters, word nerds & more

Brittany Sullivan  //  Jun 20, 2014

In Our Feeds: Hunger Games quotes, fan letters, word nerds & more

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 great weekend!

Fun fact: today is the longest day of the year! What will you do to take advantage of the extra sunlight?

Here at Scholastic, we are using this extra time to do what we do best… read! Speaking of reading, this past week, Megan found this great list of “Amazon's most highlighted quotes of all time on Kindle,” including the number one most highlighted quote, from Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins, “Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.” This was highlighted by 17,784 Kindle users!

Nadia spotted this charming collection of fan letters from cultural icons. After reading Life of Pi with his daughter, President Barack Obama was so moved by the book that he mailed a handwritten letter to author Yann Martel. You obviously can never be too old to write fan mail to your favorite author! In the spirit of amazing authors, did you know that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was interviewed by "Nickelodeon Magazine" In 1999? Check out this list of surprising answers from the author, only two years after the Harry Potter book series first hit shelves.   

Mike shared this fascinating article discussing the next-generation school library. From a HackerSpace with a 3D printer to a Maker Space with a crafts room, Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia has taken an entirely new approach to the traditional library. Nadia on the other hand noticed this article asking the question, “Should literature be taught in English class?” Let us know what you think!

And finally, in case you haven’t noticed, the On Our Minds team here at Scholastic is full of self-proclaimed word nerds! Mike spotted this super handy list of “30 incorrectly used words that can make you look horrible.” Always be sure to double check your use of compliments and complements! Lia, our resident grammar queen, found this helpful visual of the 15 punctuation marks and in case you love words as much as we do, here’s a collection of 16 great Twitter accounts for word nerds.

Don’t miss these other interesting links that we read this week:

Have a great weekend and enjoy the extra sunlight today!