The mission of Professor Owl’s Book Corner is to provide specialized information to children and young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a hub of resources for children and young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges. Each month we produce a complimentary newsletter to showcase special activities, news and crafts for those who are ill or have needs out of the ordinary.

These activities include reading challenges, games, safe web surfing, prizes and a special page; where we feature monthly heroes  from the Variety Foundation.

Professor Owl will also give monthly book reviews and news on the latest children’s books that have been released. There will be books listed for all ages so no one will be left out.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ October 22nd., 2016

The Gathering (Shadow House, Book 1)

by Dan Poblocki (Author)



You don’t just read this ghost story. You step into it. Some houses are more than just haunted… they’re hungry.

Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don’t know this at first. They each think they’ve been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there’s nothing innocent about Shadow House.

Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing — and nobody — can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.

And the way out?

That’s disappeared, too…

Enter Shadow House… if you dare.

Don’t just read about Shadow House — explore its haunted depths with the free app!

This book is very nicely written and was really hard to put down. I enjoyed reading it and I hope that most kids will enjoy it as well. If you’d like to know what happens please don’t hesitate and read this book. It’s really mild horror even for a children’s book and a well written piece of work.

{The APP} – I also downloaded the APP that goes along with the book. It is well thought out and I like the way that it is put together. I like how you need the book to advance in the APP. I also like how it is made like a pick your own ending kind of thing. Very enjoyable!

Available at http://www.amazon.ca and http://wwwamazon.com

Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter ~November 2016 ~ Fall (Autumn Issue)


Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes 

Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes 




Gathering Leaves

by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

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Fall (Autumn) Facts for Kids

Autumn is one of four seasons that occurs from roughly September 21 through December 21. It is more commonly known as “fall” because the leaves fall off of deciduous trees during the season. Here are some more autumn facts for kids.

Leaf Facts

Think you know everything there is to know about leaves? You may be surprised to learn the following facts:

  • Leaves require sunlight, water, chlorophyll and carbon dioxide to make food for themselves.
  • As winter approaches, leaves make a coating for themselves which blocks their water source; in the absence of water, the leaves no longer produce chlorophyll (chlorophyll is what makes leaves green).
  • When the leaves turn colors in the fall, they are returning to their normal colors. During the summer months, the chlorophyll present in the leaves causes the leaves to turn green, blocking the leaves’ actual colors.
  • Along with chlorophyll, leaves contain two other chemicals that cause coloring. The first is called xanthophyll, which is yellow in color. The other is carotene, which is orange in color.
  • Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves.
  • Once the leaves have turned brown they are dead and no longer receive any nutrient


Halloween is a big part of autumn.

Although last month we had our Halloween issue, here are some more fun facts about this celebration:

Halloween Facts



  • The traditional Halloween colors of orange and black come from two different sources. First, orange is the color of autumn leaves and pumpkins, which have come to symbolize Halloween. Black is the color of darkness and mystery, which matches the theme of ghosts and other spooky creatures at Halloween.
  • There is no scientific proof that ghosts exist; however, there is a field of study called parapsychology that is dedicated to studying spooky phenomena like ghosts and psychic powers. Parapsychologists use scientific method to explore strange phenomena and learn more about things like ghosts.
  • Halloween was originally a pagan holiday to honor the dead, and the holiday was known as All Hallows Eve. The date, October 31, is the last day of the Celtic calendar.
  • Wearing masks on Halloween is an ancient Celtic tradition. Ancient Celts believed that ghosts roamed on Halloween, and they wore masks to hide from the spirits.
  • Vampire folklore comes from Romania. Romanians in the 18th century believed that the dead could rise after death by suicide or other suspicious circumstances and feed on the blood of the living.


Another holiday associated with autumn is Thanksgiving.


Here are some facts about Thanksgiving:

  • Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
  • The first pilgrims arrived in North America in December of 1620.
  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth in the fall of 1621.
  • The Native American tribe invited to the first Thanksgiving dinner were the Wampanoag Indians.
  • The first Thanksgiving feast lasted for three full days.
  • Thanksgiving was not recognized as an official holiday until 1941, when Congress decided that the holiday should be observed officially on the fourth Thursday in November every single year. The date was chosen by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to make the Christmas shopping season longer to aid in the country’s financial recovery from the Great Depression. Prior to the date being set in 1941, it was up to the president to set the date for Thanksgiving each year.


Armistice Day is on 11 November and is also known as Remembrance Day.

  • It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918.
  • A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars.
  • There is also Remembrance Sunday every year, which falls on the second Sunday in November.
  • There are usually ceremonies at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches throughout the British Isles and other Commonwealth Countries..
  • The Royal Family and top politicians gather at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, for a memorial service.
  • The anniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars, not just World War One.
  • This includes World War Two, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Why do we hold a two minute silence?

  • The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.
  • This was one year after the end of World War I.
  • He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”.
  • Most people also wear a Poppy to remember those who died.

The following is a very good book to explain to you why we wear the poppy on Remembrance Day.


A Poppy Is To Remember by Heather Patterson is a classic, and for good reason. This beautifully-illustrated picture book contains the full text of the poem “In Flanders Fields”, and helps children understand the important symbolism of the poppy, explaining in simple terms the history of the poppy on the battlefields of Europe. This is a great book to share with little ones who might be receiving their first poppy this year at school, to help them understand why we wear the poppy and to encourage them to treat it respectfully.



For Baby to 2 year olds


Bright Baby Touch and Feel Fall

By Roger Priddy



With seasonal pictures for Fall and Thanksgiving, this is an engaging book to share with babies and toddlers. There are Fall leaves, pumpkins, cranberries and photographs of other familiar things to look at, and the pages have different touch-and-feel textures, which little fingers will love to explore


For 3 – 5 Year olds.

Leaf Man

 by Lois Ehlert



Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows. With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.


For 4 – 8 year olds


Johnny Appleseed Paperback

Jodie Shepherd (Author), Masumi Furukawa (Illustrator)


This beautifully illustrated retelling shows how Johnny Appleseed blossomed from a young boy who loved the outdoors into the young man who spread apple trees all across the United Stated. Showing that small acts of generosity and a love of nature can make a big difference, this book is sure to inspire the budding environmentalist in every reader.

This cute biography of the American legend, Johnny Appleseed, comes to life in this illustrative children’s book. The illustrations are quite visual and bright but just right for young readers.


For 9 – 12 year olds

Pax Hardcover – Deckle Edge

by Sara Pennypacker (Author), Jon Klassen (Illustrator)



National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter’s dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

At his grandfather’s house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn’t where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.

Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . .

About the Author

Sara Pennypacker is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Clementine series, the acclaimed novel Summer of the Gypsy Moths, and the picture books Meet the Dullards, Pierre in Love, and Sparrow Girl. She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Florida. You can visit her online at http://www.sarapennypacker.com.

Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson; and the first three books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.

This book is so moving. It should be on the reading list for every school. I recommend it for all ages, make sure you have tissues.



For 12  – 16 year olds

 Dragon Masters #6: Flight of the Moon Dragon:

A Branches Book Paperback – Sep 27 2016





 Young adult book.

 Unbound (The Trinity Sisters Book 1) Kindle Edition


All books are available from http://www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com




“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ~ Cassandra Clare

Write about what happens when someone is so influenced by a fictional book that their life is turned inside out. Describe what book they read. How did they change internally? What changes did their friends and family witness?

Get creative, write and have fun!🙂



Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you.

What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.

Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/



Thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo? Check out these apps to keep you on track:
For Android


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via Google Play
“Write a thousand words a day, and in three years you’ll become a writer!” – Ray Bradbury
Writing a novel or blog? Finishing a dissertation? Taking on the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge? Whatever it is that you’re working on, Writeometer gently reminds you to keep going. Let no story languish unfinished, and let no writing project gather dust! It’s the perfect pocket companion to help you stay on track to finishing and maintain a daily writing habit. Now go forth, create something every day.



• Daily writing reminders to help you become a better writer
• A twenty-five minute timer to ward off procrastination
• A writing log, so that you can watch your progress creep ever upwards
• Treats, thesaurus, word clouds, and inspirational quotes to dispel writer’s block
Writeometer is simple. Launch it, set a daily goal and a total goal for your project, and set your project’s alarm for when you would like to be reminded to write. It’s meant not to be a word processor, but to be a companion to your favorite word processor.

By devoting a small chunk of your day for upkeep of your writing habit, you’ll be teeming in words and guavas by the end of the year. Good luck, go for it!


For iPhone/iPad

Wordly – Effortless Word And Time Tracking For Writers


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via iTunes

Wordly is the easiest way to manage your writing projects.
Simply start the timer when you begin writing, and stop the timer when you finish writing. Type in the number of words you have written during the session, and Wordly takes care of the rest.

Writing Journal will then save the data and take all the hassle out of keeping track of what you’re writing.



There are loads of amazing stats to look at… For example:
– Your words per hour
– Words written today
– Words written this week
– Words written this month
– Hours logged today
– Hours logged this week
– Hours logged this month

Plus, you can visually see your writing trends by view the graphs.

Need to see your writing logs in Excel? In just two taps you can export all of your data in a .CSV file so that it can be viewed in Excel.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ October 8th., 2016

A Shadow Bright and Burning

(Kingdom on Fire, Book One)

Sep 20 2016

By Jessica Cluess (Author)




“Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean.”
–Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess’s spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettably heroine, and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. Hand to fans of Libba Bray, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare.

“The magic! The intrigue! The guys! We were sucked into this monster-ridden, alternative England from page one. Henrietta is literally a ‘girl on fire’ and this team of sorcerers training for battle had a pinch of Potter blended with a drop of [Cassandra Clare’s] Infernal Devices.”
Justine Magazine

“Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world’s best hope! Jessica Cluess is an awesome storyteller!”
Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A fun, inventive fantasy. I totally have a book crush on Rook.”
Sarah Rees Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

“Pure enchantment. I love how Cluess turned the ‘chosen one’ archetype on its head. With the emotional intensity of my favorite fantasy books, this is the kind of story that makes you forget yourself.”
–Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

“A glorious, fast-paced romp of an adventure. Jessica Cluess has built her story out of my favorite ingredients: sorcery, demons, romance, and danger.”
Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters



Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ October 1st., 2016

The Fever Code (Maze Runner, Book Five; Prequel)

Released – Sep 27 2016




All will be revealed in the fifth book in James Dashner’s #1 New York Times   bestselling Maze Runner series. This is the story that fans all over the world have been waiting for—the story of how Thomas and WICKED built the Maze. You will not want to miss it.

Once there was a world’s end.
The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
Now there are secrets.
There are lies.
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
All will be revealed.

A prequel to the worldwide Maze Runner phenomenon, The Fever Code is the book that holds all the answers. How did WICKED find the Gladers? Who are Group B? And what side are Thomas and Teresa really on? Lies will be exposed. Secrets will be uncovered. Loyalties will be proven. Fans will never see the truth coming. Before there was the Maze, there was The Fever Code.
Don’t miss The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, now major motion pictures from Twentieth Century Fox, starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, and Aidan Gillen. And look for James Dashner’s new bestselling series the Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives.

Praise for the Maze Runner series:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick

“[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost.“—EW.com

“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday

“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com

“Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly

Heart pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews

Exclamation-worthy.”—Romantic Times

Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.”—Deseret


Available from:



and your Local Libraries.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review~ 24th. September, 2016


I receive a newsletter from Reading Rockers every week, and in their latest issue, they have a list of books to help “Struggling Readers.”

I would like to share with you over the next few reviews the books they suggest especially for you ~ to receive your own copy of their newsletters give the following  link to your parents http://www.readingrockets.org/


Home at Last Hardcover – Sep 13 2016

by Vera B. Williams (Author, Illustrator), Chris Raschka (Illustrator


A poignant, timely, and universal picture book about fear, adoption, family, and the joy of fatherhood, written by beloved and award-winning author Vera B. Williams and illustrated by the author in collaboration with two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka.

After Lester is adopted by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he develops a big problem—he can’t fall asleep. Night after night he creeps into his parents’ room and attempts to crawl in between his two daddies, confident that if he’s with them and their dog, Wincka, nothing bad will happen to him ever again. But every night, Lester’s new dads walk him back to his own room, hoping that eventually Lester will get used to the new house and his new family and feel as though he belongs. They buy him a bike and take him for ice cream. They make cocoa and introduce him to his cousins. But no matter how happy Lester seems during the day, he still gets scared and worried at night! It’s the sweet dog Wincka who finally solves the problem when she climbs into Lester’s bed and promptly falls asleep, serving as both his pillow and his protector. Lester feels home at last.


“Full of tender everyday moments, Raschka’s sunny, loosely stroked painting lull readers into Lester’s new life. …Williams’s gift was capturing candid moments of pure love, and this, her final story before her death in 2015, offers a string of them.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Williams’ heartfelt text, published posthumously, supports Raschka’s expressive illustrations to tell the story of a child adopted by two dads. … Raschka’s paintings add emotional depth to the setbacks, miscommunications, and moments of joy. …A book to welcome into all kinds of homes.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author and Illustrator:

Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, while still working on this book with her dear friend and fellow artist Chris Raschka. Chris Raschka’s astonishing and glorious full-color paintings are based on sketches by Vera B. Williams and honor both her spirit and her intent. Home at Last is a universal, timely, and timeless book about the right of all children to belong someplace safe.

Books are available from ~ http:// www.amazon.ca,  http://www.amazon.com, all good book stores and your local libraries.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community Notice Board~ March of Dimes ~ October, 2016


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Dodging for Dimes Toronto 2016

Dodging for Dimes Toronto

OCTOBER 1, 2016

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd, Toronto

Get your corporate team together now for this fast and fun charity tournament on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd, Toronto, Ontario and help raise money for Conductive Eduction®, a program of March of Dimes Canada that helps children and adults with physical disabilities.

Each player is asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges and there is a team registration fee of $100. The top fundraising team* will win a Sharp Aquos 60 inch LED TV (LC-60EQ10U), valued at $1,700! And every player who individually raises over $500 will be included in a day of event draw for an opportunity to win a Frigidaire Wine Fridge, valued at $500 or a Maxi Big Green Egg, valued at $700!

The Top 5 Fundraising Teams in the order of team total fundraising will “Draft” one of five Dodgeball Canada award winning players, both as a Coach Mentor and Player for your Team!!

The Draft will take place on Friday September 30th and Linda Yielding will coordinate with Team Captains. Visit Dodging for Dimes Toronto website for more details.

Register now No practice or training needed, just loads of fun with big impact for 60,000 Canadians living with physical disabilities!

Dodging for Dimes Toronto

October 1, 2016

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd,

Toronto, ON M6A 1J1

Visit Dodging for Dimes Toronto for more details and to register.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact:

Linda Yielding

Manager, Special Events and Fundraising

March of Dimes Canada

10 Overlea Blvd.

Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

Phone: 1-800-263-3463 ext.7290 



*Teams must raise a minimum of $2,000 in pledges to qualify for the Sharp Aquos 60 inch LED TV prize.

A special thank you to our sponsors


Opening Doors for Accessibility


Opening Doors for Accessibility

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Don’t Miss Opening Doors for Accessibility

in Ottawa on October 4th and in Montreal

on November 18th!

If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this free community resource showcase.



Opening Doors for Accessibility Ottawa

Date:Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ontario Medical Supply Inc.
1100 Algoma, Ottawa, Ontario
Fee: Free 
 (Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include:

  • March of Dimes Canada AccessAbility Services
  • Customized Products for Accessibility
  • An Accessible World for ALL

** Event will include a light dinner of sandwiches and dessert and networking opportunities.

Opening Doors for Accessibility Montreal

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Best Western Plus Downtown Montreal
               Hotel Europa  1240 Drummond Street, Montreal,Quebec
Fee: Free 
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include:

  • March of Dimes Canada AccessAbility Services
  • DesignAbility Program – Gadgets and Gizmos
  • The Difference that Music Therapy Can Make
  • Living Beyond Autism and Disability
  • Supporting First Responders in Understanding Emergency Preparedness for people with special needs
  • Employment Services for Adults with Disabilties
  • Accessible Travel and Exiting Horizons

** Event will include a continental breakfast, lunch and networking opportunities.




** Please note that a personal care worker will be available onsite giving out certificates of attendance to all attendees.

** Un préposé aux soins personnels sera sur place pour distribuer des certificats de présence à tous les participants.


Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at events@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par Rollup Imageà events@marchofdimes.ca.

** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend.



Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at the door at the Cunard Centre on October 28th. Tickets will be held under the name that you use to purchase them.

Items available for purchase (Taxes included):

Buy a ticket from Impulse – IMP Solutions:

$30.00 CAD

Buy a ticket from The Showcase Showdowns – Cox & Palmer:

$30.00 CAD


Buy a ticket from The Spare Parts – Emera:

$30.00 CAD


Buy a ticket from Gene Featuring Jean – Presse Mason:

$30.00 CAD


Buy a ticket from Red C – McInnes Cooper:

$30.00 CAD


Buy a ticket from Terminal Road – N.S. Dept. of Justice:

$30.00 CAD


Buy a ticket from Blue M’Ocean – BMO:

$30.00 CAD


Buy a Rock for Dimes Halifax General Admission Ticket:

$30.00 CAD


Check out the Rock for Dimes National website at: www.rockfordimes.ca

Text the word SUPPORT to 45678 to donate $10 to March of Dimes Canada


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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community News Boards ~ Variety Village ~ October 2016

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Parking lot closure  for paving.

Beginning Wednesday 21 September 2016 lot is closed  to all parking and drop offs.

Fall vendor Fair:


Come and shop many vendors and crafters at our first annual Variety Village Fall Vendor Fair

October 15.

The fair is will be open from 9:30am to 3:30pm and entry is FREE to members. We request that non-members and public kindly make a minimum $2 donation at reception to enter the fair.

Vendors include: Avon Baubles Doterra Mary Kay Steeped Tea TuVous and more!

Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about our Fall Vendor Fair or are interested in being a Vendor please contact: Avinash Sudama 4176 699 7167 x358 asudama@varietyvillage.on.ca

The 32nd Annual Lieutenant Governor Games

Friday, October 21, 2016 9:30am-1:00pm



The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will host over 700 children from schools across the GTA, Variety Village staff, and high school volunteers.

The 32nd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Games hosts youngsters of varied abilities participate in adapted co-operative and competitive high energy activities and games in the Variety Village fieldhouse. This one-day event is an introduction to sport and physical activity for youngsters with physical, developmental, learning, and socio-economic needs.

For more information on this event please contact: Archie Allison 416 699 7167 extension 236 aallison@varietyvillage.on.ca

5th Annual Fall Luncheon 2016


Please join us for the fifth annual Variety Village Fall Luncheon at the Arcadian Court on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from noon until 2:00 pm.

This year’s celebration luncheon will pay tribute to the upcoming Invictus Games. Join us as we honour our outstanding Corporate Award recipient Weston – Seeding Stronger Communities, Spirit Award recipient – to be announced, and Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award recipient the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association.

The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support, rehabilitation and generate wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country and their loved ones. In the spirit of the Invictus Games our keynote speaker is Captain Kimberly Fawcett Smith, a veteran, para-athlete and an inspiring role model who trains at Variety Village.

The Fall Luncheon brings together prominent leaders from business, government and community.  Given this audience, we urge to you consider a partnership as:

  • Presenting, Luncheon, Speaker or Heart sponsor
  • Purchase a corporate table(s) or tickets
  • Make a donation

To secure your company’s best interest and exposure, please review the attached package and partner with Variety Village. We look forward to seeing you on October 25.

Download our Luncheon Sponsorship Package 2016 for table prices and information. Click here to visit the full website listing for more information.

Contact Lynda Elmy Director of Communications 416-699-7167 x 249 lelmy@varietyvillage.on.ca

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~17th. September, 2016

27 Magic Words

By Sharelle Byars Moranville (Author)


Apart from the title “27 Magic Words”, there is no magic in this gently moving, well-paced story and the reality of a child deep in denial eventually coming to terms with her parents’ death. Ten-year-old Kobi and her older sister live in Paris with their grandmother, enjoying a seemingly privileged lifestyle: they are homeschooled by a tutor, dine on gourmet meals prepared by a housekeeper, and wear fashionable French clothing. While Kobi misses her parents, whom she believes to be on an extended ocean voyage, she can see them whenever she wants by uttering one of the 27 magic words her mother gave her before she and Kobi’s father left five years earlier. A move to Iowa to live with her uncle leaves Kobi struggling to adjust in every way possible: to school, to a new culture, to a much less luxurious lifestyle-and eventually to the realization that her parents aren’t coming home. Told from Kobi’s point of view, this character-driven novel does a remarkable job of allowing readers to see the world through Kobi’s eyes, both as a five-year-old believing in her parents’ magical abilities and as a 10-year-old surrounded by adults who are coping with their own heartbreaks and traumas. Secondary characters are portrayed equally deftly, and even minor characters come across as living, breathing individuals.

This book is a gem. The masterfully crafted prose engages young and adult readers alike. Kobi is a compelling main character whose difficult emotional journey is ultimately satisfying and hope-filled. The supporting characters are engaging, too.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

Also available from Public and School Libraries’

Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter ~November 2016 ~ Halloween Issue

Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes 

Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes 


It’s that time of year again, October 31st when children and adults alike dress up in ghoulish costumes looking forward to trick or treating and spooky stories!

From its Celtic roots, Halloween has become one of North America’s most popular holidays. Children and adults alike enjoy long held traditions of wearing costumes and trick-or-treating, telling spooky stories or attending ghoulish parties. We enjoy this celebration every year but many of  us do not really know the meaning behind this unusual holiday. 

 Centuries ago, Celtic farmers believed that there was one day every year where the season of life – summer, met the season of death – autumn. The belief was that evil spirits could rise on this night and walk amongst the living. According to historian Nicholas Rogers this day was referred to as “Samhain” (pronounced “sa-win”), meaning “summer’s end.” Druid priests would gather to determine whether or not their villages would survive the winter and  if they were to have bountiful harvest  the following year.

Today, many people follow Halloween traditions including dressing up in creative, scary costumes, but may not know the origins of this practice. Initially, the Celtic villagers would light a large bonfire now replaced by Jack-o-lanterns and dress up in lavish disguises in order to confuse and ward off earth bound ghosts.  Trick or treating hailed from the tradition of “souling.” When souling, less-fortunate families would go door to door and say prayers for the dead in exchange for food. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century, the term “trick-or-treating” was first used, as the holiday became a popular tradition. Hopefully, by knowing more about the history of this popular holiday it can make this year’s festivities more interesting for you!

Halloween Costumes




Ghost, ghouls and monsters aren’t the only things to be afraid of on Halloween. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children trick-or-treat.

To avoid the many dangers children face while trick or treating, use common sense. Be aware of potential Halloween hazards and take precautions to eliminate them. Consider heading for an indoor Halloween party and bypass any chaos or danger.




Halloween Treats:

A Touch-and-Feel BoHalloween Treatsok Board book

by Tom Arma (Photographer)



Baby to 2 year olds:

Look who’s all dressed up for their very first Halloween: a baby jack-o’-lantern with a satiny costume, a pint-sized sheriff with a shiny star badge, a queen with a velvet robe, and a ballerina with a lacy tutu!

About the Author

Tom Arma lives in New York City. His board books for Grosset & Dunlap have total sales of more than 830,000 copies. copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved


Clifford’s Halloween Kindle Edition

by Norman Bridwell (Author, Illustrator)


For 4 – 8 year olds:

Out of all the holidays, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford like Halloween the most. They play games, trick-or-treat in the neighborhood, and tell ghost stories. Best of all, they can wear costumes! Clown, witch, knight, or ghost–what will Clifford decide to dress up as this year?

About the Author

Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, Massachusetts, with his wife, Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.


Out of all the holidays, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford like Halloween the most. They play games, trick-or-treat in the neighborhood, and tell ghost stories. Best of all, they can wear costumes! Clown, witch, knight, or ghost–what will Clifford decide to dress up as this year?

About the Author:

Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, Massachusetts, with his wife, Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.




What’s in the Attic in Halloween?


by Felicia Harper (Author)


For 9 – 12 year olds:

“What’s in the Attic in Halloween?” is a story about a young girl named Merlyn and her cousin Joe. Merlyn just turned ten and feels more mature than ever. Nevertheless, because her birth date falls on Halloween, costumes are mandatory. For the first time in ten years, her mother offers her a beautiful ice queen costume; unfortunately, Merlyn believes she’s not that kind of girl. She tries to find her identity by asking her cousin Joe to help her find a new costume: a sorceress’ armor. The search led them to the attic where a magical trunk awaits them. They get sucked inside the chest and into a whole new world. Merlyn finally finds pieces for her costume but in return, she gets hunted down by a vile creature that takes Joe hostage. Merlyn is able to escape thinking that Joe has escaped as well. She returns to the real world, celebrates her party, but realizes that Joe has not come back. She tells herself that the mature thing to do is go back and save him. Did she manage to save Joe? Read “What’s in the Attic in Halloween?” and find out!


Masquerade (Canterwood Crest)

by Jessica Burkhart (Author)


For 12  – 16 year olds:

Canterwood Crest Academy cordially invites you to a costume party—with a special sweetheart surprise. Canterwood is known for its fabulous parties, and Halloween is no exception. Lauren Towers is especially excited for the big day. Not only is it her favorite holiday, it’s also her birthday! And this year, she and her friends will celebrate in style—by attending Canterwood’s first-ever masquerade ball. What Lauren doesn’t know is that there’s a special someone behind a mask, just waiting to be revealed. Will this mysterious guest make this masquerade magnifique, or will her perfect birthday bash become a bummer?

This book takes a lot of crazy turns that no one would ever guess would ever happen and that’s what makes this story really good it’s so suspenseful that you don’t want to stop reading. I highly recommend this book

About the Author

Jessica Burkhart (aka Jessica Ashley) is the author of the Unicorn Magic and Canterwood Crest series, which you can learn more about at CanterwoodCrest.com. She is a former equestrian who writes from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York. (It s not the size of Crystal Castle, but Jess tries to decorate like a princess!) Jess s aura would be hot pink and she loves glittery things. If she had a unicorn, it would be named Sparkle. Visit Jess at JessicaBurkhart.com.





 By Jay Kristoff (Author)

Released August 9, 2016



Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.


I enjoyed this book. Jay Kristoff did a great job of world-building and developing characters, including my favorite kind, the morally ambiguous. The book is well-paced and the action is amazing. There are a few twists that took me by surprise. The interactions between the characters is excellent whether they be corporeal or not. The story is dark but not more so than many other fantasy stories I’ve read.

 Young adult book.


All books are available from http://www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com




“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” ~Werner Herzog

Write a story about what danger inhabits the darkest, hidden recesses on earth.  Where does this “danger” call home? What makes it so dangerous? What form does it take?  Is it easily enticed to the light or does it silently stalk its prey?

Get creative, write and most of all…have fun! 🙂


Baby Hazel Halloween Night


Description via GooglePlay

Play Baby Hazel Halloween Night game for free. Enjoy the funny spooky Halloween night with Baby Hazel and her friends.

“It’s a full moon night tonight
Jack-o’-lantern glows up by a moonlight
Hazel and friends have disguised as spooky characters
Tis the time to enjoy a spooktastic Halloween night”

Get into the spooky spirit and enjoy fun, scary and spooky Halloween season with Baby Hazel!

All Hallows’ Eve is the night for kids to dress up in Halloween costumes, enjoy their favorite Trick-or-treating, feast on tasty treats and much more. This Halloween, join Baby Hazel and friends to celebrate this scary Eve.

This Halloween season, join Baby Hazel and friends to enjoy amazing and fun Halloween activities and games. Dress up the kids in Halloween costumes and accessories and indulge in your favorite trick or treat adventure. Visit the Halloween Food Hub for tasty feast and get surprise gifts from someone very special. So, kids are your ready to enjoy fun and spooky Halloween night with Baby Hazel and friends?

Awesome game features :
Halloween Makeover – Style up kids in Halloween themed makeover! Show off your scary dress up sense and give a prefect spooky look kids with Halloween outfits and accessories.

Enjoy Trick-or-treating – Kids walk around the town disguised as spooky characters for Trick-or-treating. Let’s see, it’s a trick or treat for adorable kids!

Visit Halloween Food Hub – Pamper your taste buds with variety of delicious feast along with kids.

Enjoy festive Halloween music during game play!!!

So this Halloween season, join Baby Hazel and friends to enjoy the most exciting Halloween activities and games ever!

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Live Online Tomorrow: Reading is Fundamental’s 50th Birthday Bash — Michelle Eastman Books

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them): Three years ago I visited RIF Headquarters in Washington D.C. to deliver a donation from Picture Book Idea Month. I was told an incredible story of how a RIF executive had just returned from one of the poorest areas of Appalachia. She visited a school with children…

via Live Online Tomorrow: Reading is Fundamental’s 50th Birthday Bash — Michelle Eastman Books

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