Tompkins County Public Library

Welcome to Wild About Reading!

We’re a bunch of animals that LOVE chatting about books, authors, illustrators….pretty much everything library! Our reading interests are as varied as our appearances, so you’re sure to find a kindred book buddy.

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

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cassandra's Music Picks

You Are My Sunshine by Elizabeth Mitchell
YCD CD3 Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell’ CDs are always a treat to listen to but this CD especially has some winners.  It tickles funnybones with a sweet versions of “Ladybug Picnic” and “Car Car”, reminds parents of our own childhoods with “3 Is the Magic Number” and includes a version of the song “Here Comes My Baby” that adults will love to sing along with. This collection of songs ranges from melancholy to pure joy that the whole family can enjoy.

I’m Me by Charlie Hope
YCD CD3 Hope

 This is one of those children’s CDs that is easy to listen to again & again.  Charlie Hope’s sweet voice with upbeat songs that never sound cloying will entertain the whole family.   Some of the songs will be familiar, like “Mister Sun”, while others might become new favorites, like “Train Song”, a musically very interesting song.  Utterly delightful  and highly recommended. We’re looking forward to trying her other albums in my house.

YCD C3 Jenkins

 This collection of songs, rhymes, stories and games is a lovely CD for the car or for home.  The repetitive nature and call and response style of many of the songs will quickly invite listeners of all ages to join along.  Several of the tracks may be familiar (like Hickory Dickory Dock & Sailor Went to Sea) while others not.  The simple songs are sung along with kazoos, mandolin, guitar and more with topics such as first and last names, counting,  the jobs people have, greetings and more.  Great for toddlers & up.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cassandra's Picks

The Cat At Night by Dahlov Ipcar
Take a journey with a cat through the many beauties of nighttime.  You’ll first the scene as it would appear to you and then to your cat. This sweet and simple book will  invite readers to wonder what their cats do all night!

What Will Hatch by Jennifer Ward
Rhyming text introduces readers to many types of eggs laid by different animals using cut out pages to reveal who will hatch.  A wonderful science-related book for even the youngest of readers.  This book includes a section for additional information on each animal for older readers.

Peep & Ducky by David Martin
Happily celebrates the joys of playing with a good friend through rhymes that will tickle toddlers and their parents alike.  From playing on the playground, to sharing, going potty and separating at the end of the day, these two will surely make a read that will be requested over and over!  This is a wonderful toddler book.

Digger & Tom by Sebastien Braun
This is a story that honors the contributions of each person and their unique abilities.  It will find fans among many readers, but especially those who love diggers.  This is a truly heart-warming tale for young readers.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kate's Picks

Where's Mommy by Beverly Donofrio

A little girl and her mouse friend go looking for their mommies. I love the very detailed domestic scenes. I wish I could live inside this house. A very sweet story told from the comfort of home.

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrel

It's nice to have a friend, isn't it? Especially one like Octopus. Octopus helps you prepare a bath... of egg salad! Octopus reads you a bedtime story... in robot language! Octopus takes all the monsters out from under your bed... and puts them in your closet! Oh, Octopus! This is a perfectly hilarious bedtime story, I love it.

On My Way to School by Sarah Maizes

An imaginative young girl gets ready for school. Instead of a little girl brushing her teeth, she is an elephant at a watering hole. Instead of carrying her backpack, she's a Sherpa climbing Mount Everest. A great book for anyone who needs a little help getting going in the morning! Every task should be this fun.

Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein

A cat named Wabi Sabi learns the meaning of her name by asking different animals. A beautiful (but simple!) book told in part through haiku. I always remind adults that there is still a lot to be learned from picture books. This is a good example to illustrate that point.