Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ September 2014 Newsletter

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Welcome to the New 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 Shut!”


Back to School is here and this month Professor Owl has some back to school tips, details of upcoming events, some interesting articles. Also, take Professor Owl’s reading challenge – write and let us know what books you are enjoying and win prizes. **Remember though you must let your parents know that you are writing to us…**



Make Reading a Habit! ~ In a world that is slowly replacing books with monitors, video consoles and television screens, the importance of developing your child’s passion for reading is essential. The key to getting your child to read is to make reading a habit when the child is relatively young.

What can you do to help promote this habit?

Make Reading a Social Event:

There are many well structured after school story groups that aim to encourage children to read.
At times authors will promote a new book by doing a public reading. For young children, these readings can be fun with animated characters and pictures.
Gathering a group of children to visit an author who perhaps will use illustrated picture books, rhymes, silly songs, and pretend stories all will make reading a positive experience for your child.
Check with local libraries and bookstores to see what programs or readings are available.
Encourage reading at home:

If your child seems interested in a certain genre pick up books from other authors that you think your child will like.
Although the internet is often distracting, encouraging your child to check out online versions of magazines and downloading parent approved e-books.
Also, check out online kids book clubs however, parents please be active in your child’s surfing habits to avoid them navigating to improper sites.
Pique your child’s curiosity:

If your child has a favorite character, pick a series of books that features this character. For some children it is comic book characters, encouraging your child to pick up that Spiderman comic may not be a bad thing if it gets them interested in reading.

Also spend time with your child reading, sometimes alone time is precious and what better way to spend time with your child than by sharing with them the love of reading.


Do You Need A Homework Helper?


Back to school can be a lot of fun seeing old friends and teachers. One thing most children do not like about going back to school is the homework.

Listed below are some websites that can help you with every subject – helping elementary and high school kids find what they need on the ‘net. They cannot do your homework for you, but offer great age-appropriate kid-friendly links to sites, by e-mail.


It’s that time of year again ~ Back To School, many look forward to going back and some dread the homework and lack of playtime.  For some however it can be a very scary thought. It’s not school that bothers them but the thought of being beat up, embarrassed or tormented by bullies.  What is a bully? A bully is someone who finds power and self-worth by belittling or intimidating others. Bullies usually learn from usually being the victim of another bully.If you are being bullied the best thing you can do is tell someone.  It’s not tattling, you are not telling to get someone in trouble, you are telling to protect yourself. Another thing to do, if possible walk away or stay near an adult if you feel threatened.  Remember being the victim of a bully is not YOUR fault What if you are not being bullied but see someone else bein bullied? Don’t join in, encourage or give the bully an audience, if possible try to get help or find an adult. Whatever you do, do not try to fight the bully.



POBC Books

Classic Books

Every month download to your I-pad, Reader or Computer “A Classic Book” ~ Completely FREE!



 The Lost Locket (Nancy Drew Notebook #2)

Published 2002 by Scholastic .

Author Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew and the lost locket.



Product Description

When her best friends start fighting, Nancy must find a special locket to save the day! Nancy’s best friends, Bess and George, may never speak to each other again. It all started because Bess wanted to jump rope. She asked George to hold on to her beautiful heart-shaped locket. George put it in her book bag to keep it safe. However, when she went to give it back, the locket was gone!      It is a mess of a mystery, but if Nancy Drew can find out where the locket went, she just might be able to get George and Bess to make up!

I loved this book as it has many interesting characters. It was fun trying to solve the mystery and I had to think hard about who stole the locket. I would recommend this book to all girls who love mystery stories.


About the Author


Bio: About Carolyn Keene, author of Nancy Drew mystery books

Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.

Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Stratemeyer. Edna contributed 10 plot outlines before passing the reins to her sister. While Harriet is often credited as Carolyn Keene, several other authors assumed the pseudonym of Carolynn Keene. Starting in 1953, Harriet authored 24 volumes. In 1959, Harriet, along with several writers, began a 25-year project to revise the earlier Carolyn Keene novels. The Nancy Drew books were condensed, racial stereotypes were removed, and the language was updated. In a few cases, outdated plots were completely rewritten.

Other writers of Nancy Drew volumes include Mildred Wirt Benson who created 23 novels, including the first three Nancy Drew novels. The role of the writer of “Carolyn Keene” passed temporarily to Walter Karig who wrote three novels during the Great Depression. Also contributing to Nancy Drew’s prolific existence were Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Nancy Axelrod, Priscilla Doll, Charles Strong, Alma Sasse, Wilhelmina Rankin, George Waller Jr., and Margaret Scherf.

Start with these Recommended Books by Carolyn Keene

New to Nancy Drew? Nancy Drew Starter Set by Carolyn Keene


Also available at and



One Dog and His Boy

Eva Ibbotson (Author)


One Dog and his Boyf



Kindle Edition CDN$5.59

Paperback Edition CDN$8.89

Hardcover Edition CDN$12.95

Product Description:

Award-winning author Eva Ibbotson’s tale of a boy and dog who were meant to be together — now in paperback. All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. “Never!” cries his mother. “Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor.” But on the morning of Hal’s 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He is allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he has found a friend for life. But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned. When Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If dog and boy are to stay together, they will have to run away. . . . From the renowned, Eva Ibbotson comes a tale laced with humor and brimming over with heart, stunning in its beauty of the love of all things dog.

Reviews ~ Praise for One Dog and His Boy

“Readers who have grown to love Ibbotson’s bighearted heroes and larger-than-life adventure stories will relish this final novel.” —Publishers Weekly

“Ibbotson’s last novel is a mix of adventure, caricature, and child-and-dog love, in which loyal friends, skuduggerous louts and obtuse adults all have a part. The comforting feeling that everything will turn out right is nicely mixed with the spice of humour.” —The Toronto Star

“Ibbotson’s final book is a story with the heart of Lassie and the satirical bite of Roald Dahl…Themes of loyalty; greed, devotion, and home are woven through a text that is as funny as it is satisfying.” —Booklist

“A rousing, slightly surreal tale of rescue and redemption, this effort will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.” —Kirkus

“This satisfying novel combines humor with heart to great effect-a lovely parting gift from the masterful storyteller.” —School Library Journal

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Writing Prompt

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”~ John Lennon

Who is your favourite “magical” character?  Write about what happens when this character starts going to your school.  Do they hide their abilities or powers? Do they fit in or are they made fun of for being different? What happens on their first day of school? Get creative, write and most of all…have fun! 🙂

POBC Picks

Words for Kids – Reading Games

This month Professor Owl picks an app to help your child’s vocabulary grow! 🙂

 Nimble Minds

Via GooglePlay

+ Nimble Minds’ best seller Bud’s First Words – Reading Games’ is a beautifully illustrated word learning and reading game, loved by kids, parents and teachers all over the world.

Join Bud on a journey through his house, school, city and around as he and his friends go from place to place to learn and review everyday sight words used in English for naming things. There is a long list of vocabulary for the children to learn and practice.

In Bud’s First Words – Reading Games, toddlers and preschool kids will start learning by listening and reading nouns, the names of things found around them in everyday places like bedroom, bathroom, classroom, playground, park, etc. Then in Play mode children will read questions and they will be asked to identify the same objects and recognize their words to reinforce their learning. In no time you will see kids spotting and naming things around the house and increasing their vocabulary every time they play.

Along with the Common Core goals (described below), the aim of Words for Kids is to:

– improve reading skills by practicing words children hear at home and school
– improve reading fluency
– boost kids confidence and self esteem
– help children with difficulties like autism, add, adhd, speech delay, non-verbal in reading and learning English language and communication in a positive and stimulating way.

Activities in this game are based on the following Common Core State Standards:

Print many upper- and lowercase letters.

Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.

Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).

Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.

Sort common objects into categories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

Identify real-life connections between words and their use.

Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Bud’s First Words – Reading Games is the first app in our collection of English learning games with a focus on vocabulary. Next to Bud’s First Words – Reading Games is our latest app Bud’s Rhyming words – Reading Games, which focuses on word families, rhymes and vocabulary through 3 amazingly adventurous games.

Via GooglePlay (Android)


For other Nimble Minds apps for  Itunes (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) & Android


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