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It's Picture Book Month!

November is picture book month! It's a perfect time to snuggle together as the season gets colder and share the love of reading with your little one and ones. Here are some great new books that just came in...

penguin and pinecone cover artPenguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon

When this book brought two librarians to tears with how sweet it was, you know it's a keeper.

This is such a great story of an unlikely friendship that, unfortunately, could not be kept because pine cones cannot live on the ice and penguins cannot live in the forest. Even with this reality, Penguin and Pinecone share fond memories up until the moment Penguin drops Pinecone off in the forest. Still in his/her heart, Penguin goes to find his friend after much time has passed. The next pages are so sweet that you'll just have to read it.


creepy carrots cover artCreepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

As a child that watched Are You Afraid of the Dark every single Saturday night, I would have LOVED this book just as much back then. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. He eats them everywhere he goes. To school. To Little League practice. Walking home. Until one day the carrots start following him...or are they? A creepiness meant for kids that love to get scared--but with a happy, funny ending.




Goldilocks and Just One Bear cover artGoldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

A sequel to Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, Baby Bear accidentally finds himself outside the forest and in a big, noisy city. In desperation to escape the crowded streets, he finds an apartment building and goes all the way up to someone's nice, vacant home. Very silly humor as he eats things that should not be eaten, sits on things that should not be sat on, and tries to sleep in things that should not be slept in. The busy, bold illustrations match the mood perfectly. I would love to read this aloud.



squid and octopus cover art

Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always by Tao Nyeu

What a charming friendship these two make. Amidst disagreeances, laughter, camaraderie, and imaginative fun, Squid and Octopus whimsically steal the reader's heart. Storytelling similar to Frog and Toad and Winnie-the-Pooh. These four stories can be told several times without the listener getting bored.


Reading Is Sooo Delicious - Family Reading Club

Rev up your reading engines! During the month of November Fremont Public Library hosts our family reading club "Reading Is Sooo Delicious!". For every book you read together or your child reads individually you can contribute to building our ice cream cone. For each book, write your last name (and the book title if you like) on an ice cream scoop which are available at the youth services desk. Put the ice cream scoop in the tin at the desk and we will put them up periodically.

Watch the ice cream cone get taller and taller as you read more and more! Come start today!




Sculpture Donation to FPLD

Recently, you may have noticed the beautiful sculpture outside the Youth Services event room. This lovely moving sculpture was donated by the late Florence Patrick, a long-time supporter of the Fremont Public Library. Florence was a former library trustee and past President of the Friends of the Library. She wanted to give the library something that would be enjoyed by all and, as a former teacher with a special affinity for children, something that would be easily viewed from the Youth Services Department. Flo personally picked out the piece of artwork that was recently installed in front of the building, just to the east of the bike racks. The piece is by a Utah based artist named Lyman Whitaker. It is designed to move gracefully with the wind and to be out in the elements year-round.

Library Director Scott Davis reflects on the piece, saying "I know I will always think about Flo when I see it turning in the breeze and think about how much of a positive impact she had on the library and how much we, not just an institution but as a collection of people and personalities, have impacted her life."

Sculpture donation to FPLD from Florence Patrick


Big Authors Release New Titles

Several big authors have released some excellent stories for your little ones. Read on for our reviews on Jan Brett, Mo Willems, Jon Klassen, Michael Ian Black, and Susanna Reich.

Mossy by Jan Brett (suggested ages: Kindergarten - 2nd grade)

Mossy jacket cover

Mossy the turtle loves the beautiful garden growing on her back, but she's not the only one. One day while Mossy looks at her reflection in her favorite lake, Dr. Carolina scoops Mossy up from the wild and brings her to exhibit at her museum. Dr. Carolina's neice, Tory takes a liking to the little turtle and notices that Mossy is not happy. In the end, Tory finds a solution to make both Mossy and the museum visitors happy. Jan Brett carefully crafts a unique tale of captivity and the joys of the wild. I love how Brett introduces more complex vocabulary with elegance, the definition evident in the picture and the context.


This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (suggested ages: Kindergarten - 2nd grade)

Jon Klassen presents his second story, along with all the deadpan humor of I Want My Hat Back. We follow a tiny fish who has just stolen a perfectly-fitting blue topper. As he swims away to find safety, he is most certain of his success but the listeners see the close pursuit of the thief's very big victim. A perfect example of an oblivious narrator that can't possibly predict the ending, although the readers and listeners certainly can. This type of narration is perfect for building a delightful experience around reading because children can develop pride in predicting the ending when the narrator certainly cannot.


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems (suggested ages: Kindergarten - 2nd grade)

Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs cover art

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. As they prepare for a day out, they tidy up their house, make their beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. These preparations are most certainly NOT to lure in an obnoxiously curious little girl. Oh no, certainly not. A fractured tale, children should be familiar with the original tale in order to understand Willems' ever-popular wayward humor.

I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black (suggested ages: Kindergarten - 2nd grade)

I'm Bored cover art

Even the cover of this picture book is hilarious! Black really hit it on the nose this time with the perfect introduction of a bored girl, trumped by an even more bored potato who thinks children are particularly boring. Well, the little girl will have none of that, going to great lengths to prove the potato wrong, performing tricks and using her imagination. Little does she know that she's been relieved of her boredom. If only we all had a disgruntled potato to help us in times of boredom.

And Miss Kelsey's new favorite... Minette's Feast by Susanna Reich (suggested ages: Kindergarten - 2nd grade)

Minette's Feast cover art

A charming introduction to the wonderful Miss Julia Child through a picky eater: her cat! Minette is surrounded by the delicious cookings of Julia yet nothing beats a nice, fresh mouse. Given leftovers, "Minette might even take a nibble. But, of course, mouse and bird were much preferred." "Besides the cat's antics, the text also describes the markets, cooking smells, and ambience of Paris so well that it is easy to see how Child was inspired to write Mastering the Art of French Cooking" (School Library Journal).

Other than the delightful writing style sprinkled with French phrases (pronunciation guide in back), the artwork is the truly magnificent attraction.
A lovely, soft story that can provide a nice divergence from the over-the-top humorous children's books in our collection.



Guy Louis Mesmerizes Fremont Library with World Music

Guy Louis performed a spectacular show at Fremont Public Library on Monday, October 8. Showcasing music from Africa, India, Native America, and the European Renaissance, Louis pleased children and adults alike. Thanks to all those who came and a big thank you to Guy Louis.

Guy Louis performs on the sitar

Children participate by drumming together on a big drum



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