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: We will post your review to this blog within the week.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Friday, October 17, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Baby Storytime

We read...

Choo Choo, by Peter Horacek

Early Literacy Tip: Let your child see you reading! Children who see their parents reading are more likely to become readers themselves. They want to be like you!

Highlighted rhyme:

The Little Train

The little train ran up the track (Walk fingers up baby's arm)
It went toot, toot! (Gently touch baby's nose)
And then it ran back. (Walk fingers down baby's arm)

Next we read...

I Love Colors, by Margaret Miller

Early Literacy Tip: Being able to describe objects is part of narrative skills. Describing objects, people, and events helps children understand them.

Highlighted song:

Colors We Know (Melody: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Red and orange, green and blue,
Shiny yellow, purple too!
These are the colors that we know,
Way up high in the great rainbow!
Red and orange, green and blue,
Shiny yellow, purple too!

(Credit: Everything Preschool)

Last we read...

The Baby Goes Beep, by Rebecca O'Connell

Early Literacy Tip: Add books to every room of your house, especially your child's play area. Leave books in your car and diaper bag. Storytime can happen anywhere!

Highlighted song:

Everyone Can Shake

Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake,
And now we're at a stop!

Everyone can wave...
Everyone can tap...

(Credit: Jbrary)

Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cassandra's Picks

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead
E Stead

This is a very sweet and gentle read about a zookeeper whose animal friends come to take care of him when he gets sick.  The illustrations are very beautiful and intricate and so the animals’ faces are very expressive in their care, concern and delight.  It’s a heartwarming tale.

Who Made This Cake? By Chihiro Nakagawa
E Nakagawa
This is an incredible book for kids who love diggers! The very detailed drawings of the workers and diggers  making a birthday cake will invite readers to keep looking at each page to see things they didn’t notice before.  This is one you’ll read together again and again. 

Woof: A Love Story by Sarah Weeks
E Weeks

This is one book that parents and kids will be laughing out loud at together.  In a collage style, the author presents a sweet story of a dog who proclaims his love to a cat but she only hears, “Woof!” until he finds another creative way to speak.  Hilarious!

The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet
E Peet

Published in 1971, this classic still makes readers happy.  Told through very compelling rhymes, this book can be enjoyed even by young ones who generally aren’t interested in books this long.  A delightful conclusion to a story of a caboose who just doesn’t want to be who she is.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime

Our theme today was Apples & Pumpkins!

We read...

Little Apple: A Book of Thanks, by Brigitte Weninger
Pumpkin, Pumpkin, by Jean Titherington
Ten Red Apples, by Virginia Miller

Highlighted feltboard rhyme:

Three Little Pumpkins 

Three little pumpkins looking so fine,
Sat in the sun on a pumpkin vine.
Along came Raccoon, who said with a sigh,
"I'll take one home and make pumpkin pie!"

Two little pumpkins looking so fine,
Sat in the sun on a pumpkin vine.
Along came Squirrel, searching through the weeds,
She took a pumpkin home to roast the seeds!

One little pumpkin looking so fine,
Sat in the sun on a pumpkin vine.
Along came Bear Cub, who picked the last one,
He took it home for some Jack O'Lantern fun!

Looking for more on apples and pumpkins?
Check out some of Kelly's favorites here!