HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
TO ALL OF OUR READERS
Welcome to the February 2020 Edition of Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy. We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.
We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.
Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be. We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.
Health Promotion Dates ~ February 2020.
- Psychology Month
- Recreation Therapy Month
- World Cancer (February 4th. *)
- International Child Hood (February 15th.)
- Pink Shirt Day (February 27th.*)
- Rare Disease Month.
” Days marked with * take place on the same day every year.”
Pink Shirt Day
What is Pink Shirt Day?:
Pink Shirt Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday in February ~ When people wear mainly a pink shirt to symbolize a stand against bullying, an idea that originated in Nova Scotia in Canada.
United Nations declared the official day as May 4th. However, some countries prefer to prefer to celebrate it in February which is recognized by many different countries.
Canada celebrates Family Literacy Day – Canada.ca
~ February 27th.,2020
“Every year, thousands of Canadians participate in Family Literacy Day activities across the country. Family Literacy Day is a great way to rally Canadian communities and help raise awareness for the benefits of adults and children reading and learning together, said Margaret Eaton, President, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation. “Only 15 minutes of family reading a day helps a parent and a child …
The Woodlands (The Woodlands Series Book 1)
by Lauren Nicolle Taylor (Author)
The book of the month for February is not a new book, it has been out for a few years. I found it on an version of the desktop reader on my old laptop and found that I had not read it yet.
It was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a while, and I found it so captivating that it was hard to put down until I had reached the last page. I was pleased also to see that this book is part of a series which I am happy to say I will be reading in the near future, and will be sharing my reviews in later newsletters.
It is set in the last livable spot on Earth, yet it is the only home Rosa and Joseph have ever known and now they needed to escape, or Rosa will be stuck forever in a terrible government program. “In a future of a society bereaved of reason” this book is a page-turner with over 750 five-star ratings on Goodreads. The Woodlands Series is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, and The Jewel Series by Amy Ewing.
Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen…
When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa’s inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her until she meets Joseph. He’s blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She’s never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.
But differences weren’t always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.
The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn’t know she had. And one man will stop
About the Author
Lauren Nicolle Taylor is the bestselling author of THE WOODLANDS SERIES and the award-winning YA novel NORA & KETTLE (Gold medal Winner for Multicultural fiction, Independent Publishers Book Awards 2017). NORA & KETTLE received a starred review from Booklist magazine. She has a Health Science degree and an honors degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is, A full-time writer, hapa and artist, Lauren lives in the tucked away, Adelaide hills with her husband and three children. She mostly posts updates on Instagram @laurennicolletaylor:
Books are available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com, and other fine book stores and your local Libraries
Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way to respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!
“Let’s just say that if these scientists had been using their brilliance for good instead of evil, cars would run off water vapor and leave fresh compost behind them; no one would be hungry; no one would be ill; all buildings would be earthquake-, bomb-, and flood-proof; and the world’s entire economy would have collapsed and been replaced by one based on the value of chocolate. ” ~ James Patterson
As writers, we get to create characters and build little worlds for them to live in. Sometimes we are kind and other times we create a cruel, often unpredictable world to help add a dimension to our story. What if you could create your OWN world to live in? Would you create a perfect paradise or a world created with a balance of both good and bad? Describe it in detail. What would you do differently in your world? What would the currency be; money, time, kind deeds or like Mr. Patterson, my personal favorite chocolate? Get creative, reflect, write and most of all, have fun!
Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN!
Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…
I love taking walks in the woods and often I find things that seem a little out of place. Write about what happens when you stumble across a magical stone in the woods.
Get creative, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂
A Young Writer’s Guide to Worldbuilding
One thing I enjoy about writing fantasy or urban fantasy is you get to take your writing to a new level by breaking rules, creating your own rules and essentially adding new and unique settings that only enhance your protagonists’ journey. Worldbuilding is a valuable tool to have in any fantasy writer’s toolbox and it’s perhaps one of the things I love about the genre.
J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling are perhaps two perfect examples of the importance of detailed and intriguing settings for our characters. What comes to mind when you hear the term “Worldbuilding”? Worldbuilding, as an author, gives you another opportunity to take your stories to the next level. When creating a world for your story you have the power to shape the world any way you want it. What will your world look like? In what way is your world different is it from the one we live in now? What bizarre and magical creatures will inhabit it? What will its civilization be like? What do they value? Do they breathe oxygen or another substance? What is the native language? Are they peaceful or built for battle? What is the currency? There is so much to consider before assembling your new world…but the caveat is whatever characteristics you choose for your world have to be believable, engaging and help the reader paint a mental image that they can easily immerse themselves in. If done well the world you build will often become a character in itself.
Here are a few tips to get you started…
Create a brief list of what your world will need. Here are a few things to consider…
- Where will the key action in your story happen? A castle, an underground city, another dimension?
- What is outside your main setting? What does your world consist of? Are there other cities, countries, continents or even planets where your story might visit?
- Who inhabits your world? What about those that live there, were they all born there or have they migrated from another world? Are there clashes between cultures or classes? What communities would one find? Are there creative arts in the cultures, I.e. music, art, books, etc. ?
- What are the physical features of your world? Does your world have vegetation or is it made of rock? Does your world support all life forms or are certain characters required to consider atmospheric conditions?
- What will you call your world? Is the name believable? Does the “Machaerophorus Clan” sound more intimidating and mysterious than the “Purple People Eaters”?
Create a believable yet vibrant and contrasting world…
Every country and city I’ve visited, don’t always have a uniform dynamic. There are rich areas, poor areas, high crime areas, and family-friendly areas. Try to figure out what different contrasts you might want to create in your world. How could these contrasts best benefit your story? Make sure your world serves its purpose in your story. Think long and hard whether you need pages to describe what a building looks like if it’s not a main feature in your story. Could conflict in an area bring by a conflict with your characters?
Create a world that evokes an atmosphere to enhance your story… Does the setting suit the scene by accentuating a mood? Does a young child walking down a flower-lined walkway on a sunny afternoon provoke the same reaction as a young child walking through a dark forest on a stormy night? Amp up your reader’s experience by creating details that create an atmosphere that will enhance your scenes giving them another layer.
Keep all of your reader’s senses engaged… Don’t just give your reader the visual details, what does your world smell like? Does it smell like the sea or a field of lavender? What does the air feel like? Is it dry and dusty or is the fog thicker than pea soup? Do they hear deep roars from the forest or the wind rustling the leaves? What creates a taste for your character, does the smell of food cooking make their mouth water? Make sure to give your reader the full experience engaging all of their senses and bringing your setting to life.
Worldbuilding takes time, but in my opinion, it can help make or break your story. Look for inspiration in other books, such as those from J.R.R Tolkien, J.K Rowling, Seanan McGuire, and Leigh Bardugo. Don’t just look to books, think of movies such as Star Wars, Avatar or even video games like World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda or Halo. Take a look at the worlds that have been created to get ideas, inspiration, and tips on how to build your own worlds. There are so many sites that feature fantasy art You can create your own boards on Pinterest made up of images of buildings and creatures you want in your story. I also love to create my own maps so I can keep track of my characters moving around town. I use a site called Inkarnate that allows you to create maps for free or more evolved ones through their paid site.
My best advice would be to have fun with the process, but whatever you do remember that although worldbuilding can be addictive you still need to have a strong story that is enhanced by the setting and not replaced by it.
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No events schedule for February 2020.
One event for the end of January 2020. ~ *Annual General Meeting. Annual General Meeting Please join us on January 29th for Variety Village and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting.
Variety Village in Toronto – www.varietyvillage.ca
Variety Village is pleased to host exciting special events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community and raise funds to support Variety Village by creating mutually beneficial events that support healthy, active lifestyles in an inclusive environment.
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Local Events | Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario
*Annual General Meeting. Annual General Meeting Please join us on January 29th for Variety Village and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting.
Variety Village in Toronto
Access Expo – Variety Ontario
Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today! This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting: accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.
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Access Expo – Variety Ontario
Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today! This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting: accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village.
Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario
Join us at Variety for the 24rd annual Active Living Conference. (Date for this event will be given at a later date. This exciting one-day event is popular with college and university students, educators, coaches, community organizations and families interested in increasing their awareness of inclusive and healthy active living opportunities, for people of all ages and abilities.
March of Dimes Events for the month of February 2020
Rock for Dimes
Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.
Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised over $1,800,000 to support our Conductive Education®, Stroke Recovery Canada® and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.
Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.
Rock for Dimes is currently held in 13 cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Sarnia, Windsor, London, Sherkston Shores, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Halifax.
Visit www.RockForDimes.ca to find out more information and to see when it is coming to your community! – and for sponsorship opportunities.