Back-to-School Picks for Young Readers


Teachers and librarians, we appreciate everything you do and want to help you gear up for the school year! Five sweeps winners will receive a collection of books perfect for kicking off the 2023-2024 school year plus a $100 gift card to Staples and a $15 giftcard to Starbucks to restock and recharge. Find a full list of Social Emotional Learning books perfect for reading and sharing during this time of change below.

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Kids 8-12: Enter the STINETINGLERS Scary Story Writing Contest! (CLOSED)

Winners have been contacted!

Please accept our sincere gratitude for entering the Stinetinglers Scary Story Writing Contest. We had over 300 entries, and it was good, hard work to read through them. Your kids delighted and scared us with their stories. We hope you’ll continue to encourage your young writers so they keep cultivating their imagination and creativity.

We have contacted our grand prize winner and runner-up but wanted to also thank every single young author who submitted a story. If their story met the writing prompt standards, we considered them in the running.


R. L. Stine ushers us into spooky season with Stinetinglers, his gruesome new middle-grade novel that is full of scary stories sure to make your head spin. This Halloween season, parents and guardians of budding horror enthusiasts ages 8-12 are invited to enter the Stinetinglers Scary Story Writing Contest. Entries are open to all who dare from October 1 – 31, 2022.

Can you scare R. L. Stine, the master of scary tales?

The contest will be judged by the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Stinetinglers team, including Stine’s editor, Kat Brzozowski (Senior Editor, Feiwel & Friends), Brittany Groves (Assistant Editor, Feiwel & Friends), Sage Kiernan-Sherrow (Editorial Intern, Feiwel & Friends), Elysse Villalobos (Marketing Coordinator, MacKids School & Library), Kristen Luby (Senior Marketing Manager, MacKids School & Library), Mary Van Akin (Director, MacKids School & Library Marketing), and R. L. Stine himself. We’re on the lookout for a story so bone-chilling that it’ll make us witch it was Halloween all year long.

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The grand prize winner will get to meet R.L. Stine in a virtual classroom visit and will receive a $500 Amex gift card, a signed copy of Stinetinglers, a class set of Stinetinglers for their school, and a Stinetinglers sticker, plus their short story will be published online or in print.

The runner-up will receive a signed copy of Stinetinglers, a classroom set of Stinetinglers for their school, and a Stinetinglers sticker.

Writing Prompt: R. L. Stine writes tales that terrify, and now we want to hear yours! Write a scary short story between 1,000 and 1,500 words. It must have a catchy title, a protagonist, a creepy setting, and a moment of suspense.

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