Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Back to School Issue ~ September 2016

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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 

Hi, boys and girls, it’s that time of year again, dust off those pencils, crack open those books it’s back to school…

In this issue, we will share with you some of Professor Owl’s tricks to getting back on track and back to school.


Do You Need a Homework Helper?

Homework help

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.


Nutritious Brown Bag Lunch Ideas


Healthy School lunch

It’s back to school time and for many parents it means trying to come up with nutritious lunch ideas that their kids won’t trade.  In many schools, the old standard peanut butter & jelly sandwiches aren’t an option anymore due to deadly peanut allergies. Although time may be tight making sure your child eats right pays off in the long run.

Some general rules of thumbs:

  • The less processed high fat, high sugar foods in your child’s lunch the better.
  • Cutting foods into small bite-sized pieces makes it easier for your child to eat lunch in the limited time they have.
  • Make sure there are at least two or three vegetable and fruit servings and one portion of protein
  • Always include water, flavoured water or milk to make sure your child stays hydrated.  Avoid sugary drinks, which will cause you child to have an afternoon “sugar slump”
  • Tortilla wraps or pita bread are great alternatives to plain bread.
  • Rice crackers or Wasa Bread are good options to plain crackers
  • Provide low fat dairy products and meats when possible.
  • Making homemade “baked” potato, sweet-potato chips or pita chips
  • Making popcorn and adding seasoning
  • Packing flavoured rice cakes or mini rice cakes
  • Baked Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Some ideas…

  • Homemade Bean, Rice and Cheese Burritos.  Add lettuce, tomato, and avocado to up the nutritional value.
  • Sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, pita bread or tortilla wrap, a protein such as tuna salad or sliced chicken breast, roasted turkey or ham with veggies such as cucumber, grated carrots, sliced apples or lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Making your own “snack packs” with low fat cheese, cold cuts (cut with cookie cutters to make unique shapes) and whole grain or rice crackers.
  • Hummus or roasted red pepper dip with veggie sticks (carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers) and homemade pita or bagel chips
  • Small fruit kabobs with, fruit chunks (dip apples into lemon juice to prevent browning) melon balls, berries with low fat yogurt




By Sylvia McGrath

It is that time of year again, children will be going back to school.   Many of them are looking forward to going back, however, for some it is the dread of the homework and lack of playtime can be a very scary thought.  For others it is not school that bothers them but the thought of being beaten 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. Sad thing is that often bullies have usually been 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 is if possible is walk away or stay near an adult if you feel threatened.  Remember being the victim of a bully is not YOUR fault.

You may not be the one being bullied, but being unfortunate enough to watch it happening someone else.  Do not join in, by encouraging or giving the bully an audience, if possible try to get help or find an adult.  Whatever you do don’t try to fight the bully!

Bullying has become a serious problem affecting many children and teens, however it is not likely that most children, especially those with special needs, will walk up to their parents and tell them, “I’m being bullied.”

Bullying can include name-calling, violence, or exclusion, and must be identified and addressed as soon as possible. The objective is to pinpoint the signs of bullying and take preventative measures against future incidents

The following is an Exceptional Resource for All Adults Who Care about Safety for Kids

The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults:


Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Advocacy, & Confidence for Young People


This easy-to-use comprehensive guide puts Kidpower’s 23+ years of experience at the fingertips of parents and all adults who care about protecting children and teens from bullying, abuse, abduction, and other violence – and prepares them to empower young people with skills and knowledge in developing positive relationships, increasing their confidence, and taking charge of their emotional and physical safety.

The following is an Exceptional Resource for All Adults Who Care about Safety for Kids






The Great Forest of Shee

A Fantasy Novel for Young Adults

by Patricia Gilkerson

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Welsh folklore with her own vivid imagination the author writes an inspiring fantasy adventure. Readers ages 10 to 15 (and above!) will readily identify with a boy named Griffin seeking to save his parents and find himself in a magical world right next door

“Find Arizopal!” With those words from his desperately ill father, fifteen-year-old Griffin begins his journey to the Great Forest of Shee, a mystical place, and difficult to navigate. The Great Forest is Faerie itself and during his quest, Griffin will meet many magical and sometimes fearsome dwellers there. Befriended by some, challenged by others, Griffin finds he is not the person he thought he was. But who is he? He has to use his wits and call on new friends to figure out first, how to save his father, next, how to rescue his mother and a beautiful half-elf named Indigo. And finally, how will he keep the Great Forest itself from being destroyed?


About Author

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Patricia Gilkerson ~ Contact: ~

About Pat:

I was born in Llangollen, Wales and came to the US before I was old enough to remember.  I spent a happy childhood growing up in Kentucky as an animal lover, especially horses.  The first time I remember really writing was in fourth grade, when I wrote a play about a redbird and was allowed to act it out with friends. I went to Stephens College, then the University of Missouri, Columbia, where I met my husband, Jim. I graduated from Missouri with a BS and Masters in Education, got married and began my teaching career, which spanned grades PS through HS at one time or another.

Somewhere in the middle of teaching assignments, having a family and moving around the Midwest from Missouri to Wisconsin to Minnesota, I began to write again.  I wrote everything! I wrote a melodrama for a small-town festival, teaching aids, newsletters, activities for educational magazines, adult short stories, poetry and children’s middle-grade novels and picture books.  The children’s books became an easy favorite and I have found a publishing home with Melange Books.

My husband and I live on a hobby farm in Minnesota.  I retired from teaching in order to put all my time and energy into writing. Jim and I have two adult children who are married with children and pets of their own, so our house frequently echoes with the pitter-patter of little feet, both human and canine. I currently have the care and feeding of three horses, although the number fluctuates. Over the years, I have developed new passions in the form of Irish/Celtic folk music, travel, and scuba diving.  My “Happy Place” is 50 feet underwater looking for seahorses!  We travel to Mexico several times a year to dive and see friends.  My favorite things are reading, writing, and hanging out with family, friends and critters.




Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom

August 9, 2016

By David Neilsen (Author)

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When the mysterious Dr. Fell moves into the abandoned house that had once been the neighborhood kids’ hangout, he immediately builds a playground to win them over. But as the ever-changing play space becomes bigger and more elaborate, the children and their parents fall deeper under the doctor’s spell.   Only Jerry, Nancy, and Gail are immune to the lure of his extravagant wonderland. And they alone notice that when the injuries begin to pile up on the jungle gym, somehow Dr. Fell is able to heal each one with miraculous speed. Now the three children must find a way to uncover the doctor’s secret power without being captivated by his trickery.


Skeleton Island

(An Araminta Spookie Adventure)

July 26, 2016

By Angie Sage (Author)

Skeleton Island

Araminta and her best friend Wanda are going on a school trip to Skeleton Island, a place rumored to be the site of a scary ghost shipwreck. And when the pair is stranded overnight, they discover that there might be more truth to the island’s name than they would have preferred.

Now some terrifying pirate skeletons are on the loose, and they want to take the girls down to Davy Jones’s locker with them! Will Araminta, Wanda, and an unexpected friend be able to thwart the ghostly crew, avoid a watery fate, and maybe find some lost treasure to boot?

Told with her trademark wit and a dash of scary fun, along with black and white illustrations throughout, Angie Sage’s latest tale is perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and Jacqueline West.


Quit Calling Me a Monster!

August 23, 2016

By Jory John (Author), Bob Shea (Illustrator)

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The talented creators of I Will Chomp You! brilliantly frame the struggle to buck stereotypes and learn empathy in this monster’s hilarious lament.   Floyd Patterson is so much more than shaggy purple fur and pointy monster teeth— why can’t people just see him for him? Jory John and Bob Shea have struck gold in creating a knee-slapping, read-it-again story that will start a valuable discussion about how we treat others and how it feels to be seen as “different.”


This Is Not a Picture Book!

May 3, 2016

by Sergio Ruzzier (Author)

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In this quirky yet sweet picture book about the joy and power of reading, Duck learns that even books without pictures can be fun. While he and his friend Bug may struggle at first to decipher their book, they stick with it, and before long they discover that not only can they read it, but it deserves a place on the shelf with all their favorite picture books. Author-artist Sergio Ruzzier has created a fanciful tribute to books of all kinds. It includes both words AND pictures.

 All books are available from:  and  and other fine book stores.



writig prompt

“Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.” ~ Zack W. Van

What if being bullied could actually  give the victim a superpower? What would the victim’s superpower be?  Would they use their power for good or evil?  Would they use this power to become a vigilante against bullies  or to help the bully to reform.

Get creative, write and have fun! 🙂



POBC Picks


Boys and girls for  great websites filled with great links for all ages check out:

For Learning & Fun: &

Apps for Android and iPad/iPhone:

HwPic Homework Tutor


via Google Play

HwPic is an online tutoring application. You can use it to send a picture of a problem you are having difficulties with to a knowledgeable tutor who will solve the problem in detail, and Email you an answer with complete explanation which you could use to understand how the question was solved.

HwPic is created to tutor students in all levels of math, and high school level of physics and chemistry.

HwPic’s sole purpose is to help students with individual questions that they might have while working on their homework. This application is free of charge to download however it requires Knowledge points to continue to work.

Knowledge points can be purchased or earned. Most answers are sent within 5-20 minutes by a professional tutor.
Please note that we answer only one question per picture and only one email account could be registered per device. You can always change your email address in the settings. We do send a text message with each email notifying you that your answer is ready in your email.

If you wish to stop the text messages, simply text us at

Google Play:


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