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.

Tell us about the books you’re reading by writing a book review of your own at: tcpl.org/kids/reading.php. We will post your review to this blog within the week.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Baby Storytime

It was a beautiful day this morning!  We started by reading....

Kiss Baby’s Boo-Boo by Karen Katz

...and we shared this little song:

Kiss, Kiss from the Verona Storytime site

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.”

Next we talked about this early literacy tip....

High contrast and black and white books are fantastic for little babies. The contrast between black and white in the illustrations gives baby something to focus on which helps strengthen their eyesight.

....and shared this black and white book:

Black and White by Jane Foster

Some puppet from came to join us for "When Ducks Get Up in the Morning" and we had a lot of laughs!

Last we read...

Oh Where, Oh Where? by  John Prater

...and we shared this little song:

Two Bear Cubs from here
Tune: Five Little Ducks

Two bear cubs went out to play.
Over the hill and far away.
They tumbled & rolled in the grass so sweet.
Then sniffed around for some food to eat.
They went back home curled up in a heap,
Then closed their eyes and went to sleep.

We finished with our baby sign song for the sign "outside", scarves and our goodbye songs and rhymes. 

See you next week!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Stories in the Park: Night's Nice!

I stole the title from our first book, Night's Nice, as our theme title for today. I love books that help kids appreciate the beauty of nighttime. Night's Nice by Barbara and Ed Emberley is just such a book - a very old one that, I think, still is entertaining as well as comforting. Here's what we read:

Night's Nice by Barbara and Ed Emberley
One Dark Night by Lisa Wheeler; Ills. by Ivan Bates
I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helene Boudreau; Ills. by Serge Bloch


Consider borrowing Night's Nice if you have a child who is afraid of the dark. And then sing "One Little Owl Said 'Hoo'" together :)
As for One Dark Night, Lisa Wheeler and Ivan Bates have captured the essence of suspense for our preschool to early grades listeners! Plus, when you read it, you get to practice your tiny little critter's voice and your great big bear voice :)
I Dare You Not to Yawn is a wonderful book about how to dodge bedtime when you're not tired. (I know, I'm sorry! I'm allowed because I'm old enough to be your kid's grandma :) Actually, the book has the not-so-surprising ability to bring on yawns, so possibly, it will work just the opposite of what you're thinking :)


Here's our first song:
One Little Owl Said “Hoo!”
(an adapted extension for Night’s Nice)


One little owl said “Hoo!”


Two little owls said “Hoo, hoo!”


Three little owls said “Hoo, hoo, hoo!”


As they sat in the big pine tree.


One little cat said “Meow!”


Two little cats said “Meow, meow!”


Three little cats said “Meow, meow, meow!”


As they sat round the big pine tree!


One little bat said “Eee!”


Two little bats said “Eee, eee!”


Three little bats said “Eee, eee, eee!”

As they flew round the big pine tree!
I just love that song :) If you need to know the melody, You might come in (or call) and ask me because I've adapted it from something I saw online a few years ago and my version is different. You can get the basic melody from the Youtube One Little Owl here. I definitely lighten it up to make it more fun and less spooky :)
We also sang The Ten Nights of Summer by Yours Truly :) I wrote it a few years ago for a puppet show for a Summer Reading theme that was based on Nighttime, and I had only done it once since then, making this my third time. If it sounds like I'm winding up for excuses as to why I messed up so many verses today, it's true :) I have to say the second time I sang it I did much better! And the first doesn't count, because someone else was doing the puppets, I only had to look at the words and sing!  Ah, well, we had a very forgiving crowd today, and I thank them! Here's the song: (Oh, and please sing it to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas!)

The Ten Nights of Summer
On the first night of summer my true love gave to me:
A very acrobatic flying squirrel!
On the second night of summer my true love gave to me: Two raccoons fishing and a very acrobatic flying squirrel!
On the third night of summer my true love gave to me: Three gliding owls,
two raccoons fishing and a very acrobatic flying squirrel!
On the fourth night of summer my true love gave to me: Four snuffling hedgehogs, three gliding owls, two raccoons fishing and a very acrobatic flying squirrel!
On the fifth night of summer my true love gave to me:
Five clinging sloths!
Four snuffling hedgehogs, three gliding owls, two raccoons and a flying squirrel.
On the sixth night of summer my true love gave to me: Six creaking crickets…
Five clinging sloths!
Four snuffling hedgehogs, three gliding owls, two raccoons and a flying squirrel.
On the seventh night of summer my true love gave to me: Seven blinking fireflies, six creaking crickets…
Five clinging sloths!
Four snuffling hedgehogs, three gliding owls, two raccoons and a flying squirrel.
On the eighth night of summer my true love gave to me: Eight hanging possums, seven blinking fireflies, six creaking crickets…
Five clinging sloths!
Four snuffling hedgehogs, three gliding owls, two raccoons and a flying squirrel.
On the ninth night of summer my true love gave to me: Nine hugging foxes, eight hanging possums, seven blinking fireflies, six creaking crickets…
Five clinging sloths!
Four snuffling hedgehogs, three gliding owls, two raccoons and a flying squirrel.
On the tenth night of summer my true love gave to me: Ten swooping bats, nine hugging foxes, eight hanging possums, seven blinking fireflies, six creaking crickets…
Five clinging sloths!
Four snuffling hedgehogs, three gliding owls, two raccoons....and a flying squirrel!!
PHEW!
Adapted by Kelly from Up All Night Counting, a Pop-Up Book by Robin Koontz, with paper engineering by Bruce Foster
My greatest wish is for people all over the world to use this song :) Please share it!
Don't forget - for those who can't make it to Tuesday Stories in the Park, we will have a repeat of today's program (well, minus The Ten Nights of Summer song - I don't have enough hands to do that one without Kai! :) at Summer Family Storytime, Saturday the 25th at 11:00 in the Thaler/Howell programming room in the library! While I can't do that coolest of all summertime songs, we will have a neat craft: we'll make paper fireflies. Hope you can join us!
See you next time,
Miss Kelly





Friday, June 17, 2016

Baby Storytime


It was wonderful to see everyone back at storytime this morning.  It was a beautiful morning! To celebrate our summer session, we shared summer books, rhymes and songs.  Each week we'll be starting our storytime with this little fingerplay....

Hop Your Bunny

Hop your bunny up
Hop your bunny down
Hop your bunny to the side
Hop him all around!
Hop him on your shoulder,
Hop him on your head,
Hop him on your tummy,
Then put him into bed!


We then read this book...

Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson

...and shared this rhyme and song:

Three Hungry Ants from Verona Storytime

Three hungry ants were marching in a line,
Came upon a picnic where they could dine.
They marched into the salad,
They marched into the cake,
They marched into the pepper.
That was a mistake!
AHHH-CHOO!

2 hungry ants… etc.

I'm a Little Firefly from Storytime Katie's site

 I’m a little firefly
Look at me!
I’m as happy as I can be.
See my light flicker
And shine so bright
Now watch me fly
Into the night!

We then read...

Llama Llama Sand & Sun by Anna Dewdney

....and some puppet friends came to join us for an ocean version of "Did You Ever See?"

Last we read....

Sun by Carol Thompson

...and we learned the baby sign for "sun" with our weekly sign song.

Early Literacy Tip

Display books so that children have easy access to them!  Add some books to your baby’s toy basket so she can explore them at her leisure.

We finished up with our weekly fingerplay, "Big, Small", shaker time and our goodbye rhymes and songs.

I look forward to seeing you all next week!