Tompkins County Public Library

Welcome to Wild About Reading!

We LOVE chatting about books, authors, illustrators. Here you'll find some of the best books we're currently reading and what we've been sharing at our storytimes.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Baby Storytime

We had a big, happy group this morning!  It was wonderful to be back.  I missed you all!  After our hello songs and rhymes, we read...

Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

...and shared these fun little songs:

Mmm Ahh Went the Little Green Frog from Jbrary

Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
And they all went mmm, mmm, ahh.

But... We know frogs go (clap) shanananana
(clap) shanananana. (clap) shanananana.
We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.
They don't go mmm, mmm, ahh.

Little Duck from Jen in the Library
Tune: London Bridges

Little duck goes, “Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack.
Little duck goes, “Quack, quack, quack.”
Swimming all day long.

Repeat with
With her feet she paddle, paddle, paddles, (paddle feet)
With her tail she swish, swish, swishes (shake bottom)
With her wings she flap, flap, flaps ….as she flies away (“flap wings”)

Rain Is Falling Down
from Jbrary

Rain is falling down. Splash!
Rain is falling down. Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down. Splash!

Sun is peeking out. Peek!
Sun is peeking out. Peek!
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out. Peek!

Then we read...

I Love Kisses by Sheryl McFarlane

...and shared this song and fingerplay:

Kiss, Kiss Song from the Verona Storytime page

One little, two little, three little kisses,
Four little, five little, six little kisses,
Seven little, eight little, nine little kisses,
Ten little kisses say “I love you.”

One I Love You from Library Village

One I love you, two I love you, three I love you so!
Four I love you, five I love you, rock you to and fro!
Six I love you, seven I love you, eight you love me too!
Nine I love you, ten I love you, my bouncing buckaroo!

We then learned the baby sign for love. :)

Early Literacy Tip

“The essential factor that determined the future learning trajectory of a child was the early language environment: how much and how a parent talked to a child….  Children in homes in which there was a lot of parent talk did better.” - from "Thirty Million Words" by Dana Suskind.  This is such a wonderful book.  Stop by the library to get your free copy of this Community Read book from the Children's Reading Connection.

Our puppet friends joined us for this call and repeat song:

I Went Walking

Tune: Frere Jacques

I went walking
What did I see
I saw a _____ following me.

We finished up with scarves and goodbyes.  See you next week!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: The Moon, Space, and Robot Love!

This week is school break week, so I was hoping for extra kids today, and we got them! It's always fun when older siblings come to see what their younger counterparts are up to in Toddler & Preschool Storytime - especially when they used to come when they were little, too :)
Here's what we read today:
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
The Robot Book by Heather Brown
"Poor Kitten!" That's the repeated phrase in this sweet book by Kevin Henkes about what happens when Kitten sees her first full moon. Hey, we are all young at some point in our lives, and we don't all know what that big, bright, round thing in the sky really is! In Kitten's First Full Moon, it seems Kitten thinks the moon is a little bowl of milk, and if she could only reach it, she'd be so happy! But as often happens in life, sometimes we get a few bumps and scrapes when we are trying to find out what's what in this world :) But Kitten has her adventure, and gets a bowl of milk at the end of it, too, so all's well in the end :)
I love our office ref copy of The Robot Book because 1. It has these great moveable parts! 2. I always think of robots and similar technology when I think of space, having grown up linking the idea of robots and space, like most people, through media. Think Star Wars, Star Trek, Lost in Space...(hah! I'm dating myself!!) and 3. we're talking about technology, but we still get to the heart of the matter - it's what's inside us, in our hearts, that really counts!
Here's another bit of heartfelt appreciation for space: a snippet from Laurie Berkner's song,
Moon, Moon, Moon.
Moon, Moon, Moon

By Laurie Berkner

 Moon, moon, moon, shining bright~
Moon, moon, moon, my night light~
Moon, moon, moon, I can see~
Moon, moon, moon,
you’re taking care of me.

For the rest of the song, check out her CD: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band. It's wonderful! As are the rest of the songs on the CD :)
I opted not to do the felt board I had prepared for today. I'm sure it would have been much to long for this crowd ; ) We did it at Family Storytime, and it was pretty lengthy. But I'll add it here so you can play with the idea at home. This song is a simple way to teach young children about the solar system. If you want, you can make paper or felt sun and planets and use them as tools like I did. You can also just sing the song :)

If You’re Ever Out in Space
(Sing to the tune of "Did You Ever See a Lassie")

If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…

The SUN!

If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


If you’re ever out in space, in space, in space

If you’re ever out in space you might see…


Can you think of anything else you might see in space?
The concept of the solar system is a BIG one for our youngest ones, metaphorically and physically! But when you play with the concepts with verse and song, it can make it more approachable and fun. Let's end up with a simple song about what we see in the sky. For this one, we used ASL signs for sun, sunlight, and moon. Check out this website for quick instruction on American Sign Language: ASL Custom Search.

Sun and Moon
The sun is in the sky
The sun is in the sky
Hot and bright it gives us light
The sun is in the sky!
The moon is in the sky
The moon is in the sky
Round and round the earth it goes
The moon is in the sky!

We also did the same craft as Family Storytime. For some nice examples, and more songs and info about Space for kids, check out the blog post here: Family Storytime: Space!
Next week we will be focusing on Africa in celebration of the Africa and Diaspora Festival happening in our region this month and next. I hope you can join us!
See you next time,
Miss Kelly
Don't forget the booklist!

What the Sun Sees by Nancy Tafuri

            Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

            The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch

            Greetings, Sun by Phillis and David Gershator, Ill. by Synthia Saint James

            The Sun, the Moon and the Stars by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

            And If the Moon Could Talk by Kate Banks, Ill. by Georg  Hallensleben

            Green Wilma, Frog in Space by Tedd Arnold

            Our Stars by Anne Rockwell

            I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon by Karen Pandell, Ill. by Tomie De Paola

            Night’s Nice by Barbara & Ed Emberly

            Mommy’s Little Star by Janet Bingham; Ills. by Rosalind Beardshaw

            Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney

            Earth to Stella! by Simon Puttock; Ills. by Philip Hopman

            When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horacek

            Sheep Blast Off! by Nancy Shaw; Ills. by Margot Apple

            Baby Brains and Robomom by Simon James

            Mousetronaut by Astronaut Mark Kelly; Ills. by C. F. Payne

            Space Walk: Lift the Flap Adventures a board book by Salina Yoon

            Countdown! with Milo by Mike Austin

            A Long Way Away: a Two-Way Story by Fran Viva

            Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton

            Space Boy by Leo Landry

            Here in Space by David Milgrim

            The Robot Book a book with moveable parts created by Heather Brown (office ref)

            A Trip Into Space – Houran

            Astro Bunnies by Christine Loomis; Ills. by Ora Eitan

            Oh No, Astro! by Matt Roeser; Ills. by Brad Woodard

            The Mouse and the Moon by Gabriel Alborozo

The Moon’s Almost Here by Patricia MacLachlan; Ills. by Tomie dePaola

Journey to the Moon: A Pop-Up Lunar Adventure by Andy Mansfield

Lots of Bots by Kiki Thorpe

Space Shuttle Blasts Off by Peter Bently; Ills. by Louise Conway

Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey (good display book)

If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas perfect for display book/theme book for Eclipse…)

*New book: Whose Moon is That? by Kim Krans



Night Wonders by Jane Ann Pedicord  J 523 Peddicord

Night Light: a Book About the Moon by Dana Meachen Rau, Ill. by Denise Shea  J 523.3 Rau

            On the Moon by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies  J 629.454 Milbourne

            Stars! Stars! Stars! by Bob Barner J 520 Barner

            Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian J 811.54 Florian


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Family Storytime: Out in Space

Science rules!!! And for me, it's just so much fun to think about what's out there in the cosmos :) We did just that today with our Space-themed Family Storytime! What a riot - we had a wonderful crowd today!
Here's what we read:
 Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly; Ills. by C. F. Payne
 Space Walk by Salina Yoon

 Mousetronaut is always a big hit with slightly older kids, and today's young patrons were totally wow-ed by the fact that a real astronaut wrote the book :) It's a really cute story, the illustrations are adorable, and I love how they have a multi-racial and multi-gender crew aboard :) For an awesome girl-power, space-themed book check out Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood.

Space Walk by Salina Yoon is a wonderful introduction to our solar system for young people. It's rhyme-y text and lift-the-flap format is complimented by simple concepts to pull in even the youngest science explorers :) 

Let's count some stars!

5 Little Stars
(Sing to the tune of 5 Little Ducks)
 5 little stars were out one night

Gold and silver, shiny and bright

Up came the sun with morning’s light,

And one little star winked out of sight.

And here's a song we didn't get to because we ran out of time!

Climb Aboard the Spaceship

(sung to “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)

 Climb aboard the space ship, we’re going to the moon.

Hurray and get ready, we’re going to blast off soon!

Put on your helmets and buckle up real tight.

Here comes the countdown, let’s count with all our might:

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1‐‐‐ BLAST OFF

We did sing our Stars song, which I want to share with the toddlers this week, too:

Stars      (sung to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)

Twinkle, twinkle little star

I know what you really are!

Giant ball of glowing gas,

One of billions in a mass!

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

Oh how big you really are!

Since your distance is a lot,

You look like a tiny dot!

Twinkle, twinkle giant star,

Very bright, yet very far!

Stars are twinkling, everyone,

Some are bigger than the sun!


Just a twinkle in the sky,

That’s because you’re oh, so high!

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

Oh how big you really are!

Twinkle, twinkle little star

I know what you really are!

The scientific alternative to the classic lullaby ; ) Speaking of facts, (scientific facts, that is...) when your kids are ready to learn more about space, if you haven't checked it out yet, the series Cosmos by Carl Sagan is an incredibly wonderful way to learn about space from your TV screen :) Check out the DVDs sometime!
 Check out our Paper Plate Solar System craft! 

Nice work, guys! Lots of great space stuff today! Which reminds me of a favorite quote by our own wonderful Carl Sagan, rest his soul: "We are made of star-stuff". I LOVE that :) To think we are made of the stuff of stars!
See you next time,
Miss Kelly