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Gobble Gobble - Books for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. Here are some great picture books to help get the little ones in your life ready for the holiday.


  1. Bear Says Thanks coverBear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012) - Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.
  2. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson, illustrated by Judith Byron Schachner (Puffin, 1997) - This book provides a fun Thanksgiving twist on an old song by throwing in Thanksgiving food from pie to squash to cider.
  3. I’m a Turkey! by Jim Arnosky (Scholastic, 2009) - This nonfiction book features the life of a wild turkey in a spokenw word song with rhyming text.
  4. My First Thanksgiving by Tomie DePaola (Putnam Juvenile, 1992)- This simple board book explains the origins of Thanksgiving for the youngest of readers.
  5. ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic, 1990) - This fun parody mimicks the Night Before Christmas poem. School children on a trip to a farm save the lives of eight turkeys. 

Book Signings in San Jose!

Hicklebee's is an independent bookstore full of dedicated people who are willing to help any eager reader walking through their doors! And during the month of November, Hicklebee's will be holding two book signings at their store!



Curtsies and Conspiracies cover

On November 5, 2013, Gail Carriger will be coming to Hicklebees to celebrate the launch of her second book in her Finishing School Series. You can check out her first book Etiquette and Espionage at the library, and come to the book signing to get the sequel: Curtsies and Conspiracies. There is will also be a steam punk costume contest for those who wish to dress up, and Gail Carriger herself will be one of three judges.


The Launch Party and book signing will be on November 5, 2013 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at this address:


1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 292-8880




ODiary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck covern November 14, 2013, Jeff Kinney will be coming to Campbell Christian School on behalf of Hicklebees to talk about his brand new book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (book 8). You can check out the first seven books at your local library: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth, Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel. Pre-order Hard Luck at Hicklebee's and get your ticket to attend the event!


The event will be held on November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM at this address:

Christian School
1075 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 


Important: In order to go to this event, you must have a ticket. To get tickets, you have to buy Hard Luck from Hicklebees. One book = two tickets.

Classic Halloween Titles!

Halloween is in just TEN days! Here is a list of some of the best Halloween titles to read with your family.

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Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann -- How does Halloween help a boy reunite with his faithful furry friend? Find out in this bittersweet story of love and friendship.


Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster -- A parody of the children's classic, Madeline, which concerns a certain monster and his companions who reside in  Miss Devel's castle laboratory.


The Little Old Woman Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams -- A classic tale of gumption in the face of fear, follow a little old lady and her trip into a spooky wood.


Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves -- One of a growing number of parodies centering around the average lives of....monsters. This one is fun!


Vunce Upon a Time by  J. Otto Seibold and Siobhan Vivian -- A quirky vegetarian vampire who loves candy, stumbles upon a sweet tooth's favorite holiday, Halloween! A wonderful story about being open minded.


The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell -- A group of monsters aim to create the "biggest, baddest" monster in the history of monsters, what they actually create is someone a bit different! A wonderful lesson on the importance of caring, politeness, and being grateful. Written and illustrated by the award-winning comic strip creator, Patrick  McDonnell of Mutts fame.

Early Literacy Tip: Nursery Rhyme Time!

Did you know that everytime you sing Humpty Dumpty or Mary Had a Little Lamb, you are actually giving your baby a head start on their literacy skills? When reading, children need to decode both the words and the storyline at the same time, and this can be hard for new readers. Once children learn that that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, it gives them an opportunity to anticipate what might happen next, using the illustrations and actions as clues.


Giving children experiences with story arcs and patterns before they become readers is one way to give them a little head start with their literacy skills. Songs such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jack & Jill and Little Bo Peep are great examples of these pre-reader mini-stories you can share with your child.


Next time you are in the library, look for one of these titles to take home with you. Don't forget about our baby/toddler storytimes for more ideas and activities to help turn your little one into a lifelong reader.



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Halloween Fun at your Library!

kids in halloween costumesWould You Let A Ghost Borrow Your Library Book? Story and Craft for Kids


Would you like your children to love books? We would too! Come to this special storytime and craft. You and your child will listen to stories and make a felt ghost bookmark to take home. For ages 4 – 8.





Halloween Story Times and Crafts

Get in the Halloween spirit with this special storytime for young children. Enjoy books and songs about all things Halloween, and make a cute pumpkin craft.


Halloween Parades

Join us for a fun Halloween Parade and trick or treating through the library!


Costume Contests

Don't forget to dress up! 


Haunted Houses

Come to the Haunted House… if you dare! A chilling, thrilling experience featuring some special tricks and treats!


7th Annual Harvest Festival and Holiday Boutique at the Almaden Community Center and Library

Spooktacular Family Fun! Come in your most spooktacular outfits and take part in costume parades through out the day.


Check out Halloween from previous years at the library on Flickr!

Funny Books about Awkward Boys

Do you know someone who likes to read funny books about awkward boys? Here are some great titles for kids in grades 2-4:


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My Rotten Life by David Lubar: Sick of getting picked on, Nathan Abercrombie uses a serum that is supposed to block emotions, but instead it turns him into a partial zombie. Adventures involving half-dead body parts and staying up late ensue... 


Stuart's Cape by Sarah Pennypacker: Moving to a new home and starting third grade at a new school has Stuart worried, until he realizes all he needs to overcome his fears is a magical superhero cape. This quirky beginning chapter book makes a great read-aloud!


Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look: Alvin Ho is afraid of everything! In fact, school is so scary it leaves him unable to say a single word. This laugh-out-loud book is great for reluctant readers.


Melonhead by Katy Kelly: Adam "Melonhead" Melon has a knack for getting into trouble. He loves to invent things, but his inventions--including his science fair project-- never quite turn out as planned.


Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka: The popular author of books, such as Time Warp Trio and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, chronicles funny (and sometimes awkward) moments in his childhood.


Do you have any books to add to this list?

Talk Like A Pirate Day!

How I Became a Pirate coverAvast, me hearties! This Thursday, Septembarrrr 19th, be Talk Like a Pirate Day! Are ye scallywags prepared?


First ye need to pick up one of me favorite books, How I Became A Pirate by the lovely Melinda Long. This tale will bring a tear to ye eyes, as well as a grand sense adventure. Perfect for yer little ones, and ye'll be yammerin' like a pirate in no time.


Anotharrr favorite of mine be The Pirate Cruncher, written and illustrated by the talented landlubber, Jonny Duddle. After this, you'll no longer want to dress like a landlubber.


Fer the teens (and adults if they like), Pirates! : the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, is a true tale about women with pirattitude!

And if yer thirsting fer some more adventarrrr, I reccomend anything from the Cap'n Gideon Defoe, such as The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists.


I then whole heartedly demand that ye get yer family together and watch The Pirates!: Band of Misfits. Done by arrrmazing folks at Aardman Animations, this film will make pirates of all ages roar with laughter. Have yer own ham night and feast like a pirate!


There ye go! Ye now have what ye need to walk, talk, and eat like a pirate! But most importantly, have fun! Pirates are all about havin' fun. And if ye be needing more, check out the endless treasure trove of pirate bounty at ye public library. Yarrrrrr!

Posted by J Novak on Sep 18, 2013 | Comments: 1 |

The Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House: Knights at Dawn Book CoverMary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series is one of the most popular children's series found on the shelves of the San Jose Public Library.  Jack and Annie are siblings who discover a tree house near their home in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. The tree house is filled with books and turns out to be a portal to other places and times. Throughout the series, Jack and Annie find themselves mingling with the likes of dinosaurs, knights, and Vikings, as well as real-life historical figures such as Clara Barton and William Shakespeare.


The first 28 Magic Tree House books are the perfect reading level and length for kids who are just starting to read chapter books on their own. Starting with book 28 in the series (Christmas in Camelot), readers advance to longer adventures and a higher reading level with the Merlin Mission books, in which Jack and Annie are sent throughout the world in both geography and history to complete quests for the legendary magician Merlin.


While the Magic Tree House series obviously takes the reader on some fantastic flights of fiction, there is a companion non-fiction Fact Tracker series written by Mary, her husband Will Osborne and her sister Natalie Pope Osbore. If the fiction books pique the reader's curiosity about the real-life subjects of dinosaurs, knights and castles, Abraham Lincoln, polar bears and the Arctic, etc., they can discover the joy of research with these Fact Trackers.

The True Meaning of Smekday

cover of book, in blues and grays, shows title superimposed on tops of downtown buildingsIf you were writing an essay for inclusion in a time capsule to be opened 100 years from now, what would you write about?


After the alien invasion of earth, twelve year old Gratuity "Tip" Tucci was asked to write about "The True Meaning of Smekday" in a nationwide contest. The winning essay was to be included in a time capsule. Gratuity won the contest.


If you want to find out what "The True Meaning of Smekday" is, you’ll need to read the book of the same name by Adam Rex. He was kind enough to include both the essay and its illustrations in his book. You can also check out the website for more illustrations and an excerpt from Gratuity’s essay. Discover the True Meaning of Smekday for yourself!

Get Ready to Fly!

Planes book coverIf you are looking forward to the upcoming August 2013 release of Disney's movie, Planes, the library has a flight plan for you!  We have already ordered the book version of the movie Put a hold on it if it's not in right now. 


We have lots of other books about planes you can check out.   But don’t stop there, how about a DVD about planes as well?