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?

Ruiz Wallpaper

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

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  and




“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…..



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


writeometer logo








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


wordly logo







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.


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