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, March 27, 2015

Babies Books & Bounce

We read...

One Little Spoonful, by Aliki

Early Literacy Tip: Spend some time pointing out and reading labels to your child at the grocery store. It will help him/her make the connection between the words we say and the words on signs and labels.

Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel

Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel,
My little baby deserves a tickle!
One for her nose!
One for her toes!
One for her tummy where the cracker goes!

Next we read...

Show Me! by Tom Tracy

Early Literacy Tip: Did you know that even newborn babies can get library cards at the Tompkins County Public Library? It's true! Sign your baby up for a library card today!

Open Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them (Open and close hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap!
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap! (Pat lap with your hands)

Creep them, creep them, (Crawl hands up body)
Creep them, creep them,
Right up to your chinny, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth...
But do not put them in!

Last we read...

Spring Joy by Liesbet Slegers

Early Literacy Tip:

As you read with your child, he or she will begin to grasp these reading readiness concepts:
  • Pictures have meanings
  • Pictures and words are different
  • Pages turn from left to right
  • Books have a front, back and right side up
  • Stories have structure: beginning, middle, end
Finally, we broke out our shakers for a few songs. Here's a simple one you can try at home:

Shake Your Shakers (Melody: London Bridge)

Shake your shakers, shake, shake, shake
Shake, shake shake, shake, shake, shake
Shake your shakers, shake, shake, shake
Shake your shakers!

Shake your shakers high, high, high...

Shake your shakers low, low, low...

See you next week!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Toddler Storytime: Spring!

Our Toddler Storytime Spring theme was lots of crazy fun!

We read:

Mouse's First Spring by Lauren Thompson; Ills. by Buket Erdogan
It's Spring! by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko; Ills. by Melissa Sweet
The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss; Ills. by Marc Simont

We sang In the Springtime with hopeful hearts! (Think Frere Jacques for the tune, and Sue William's I Went Walking for the idea, using a call and response style of singing.)

In the Springtime
In the Springtime, (In the Springtime,)
What do I see? (What do I see?)
I see a robin, (I see a robin,)
Looking at me. (Looking at me.)

I see a bunny....
I see a bear cub...
I see a buzzy bee...
I see a froggy...(add whatever other things you might see!)

Of course we haven't seen all of these things yet!! Okay, the poor robins.... :) But, boy, are we hopeful!

I just adore It's Spring by Samantha Berger, and because it's such a small book, I couldn't resist making a felt board:

 So check out It's Spring! keep your fingers crossed, close your eyes and chant: "I do believe in Spring! I do! I do!"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Family Storytime: Food!

With Food as our theme, we had lots of delicious fun at Family Storytime!
We read:

Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack by Lyn Rossiter McFarland
Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
There's a Mouse in the Marmalade by Jonathan Emmet with illustrations by Caroline Jayne Church (I used our office ref copy)

My favorite new felt board, Five Little Kernels, was inspired by Melissa at Mel's Desk. It's sooo cool! And easy to make - thank you, Melissa! Here's the poem:

Five Little Kernels
5 Five little kernels sizzling in the pot
all of a sudden, one went ""Pop!"
4 Four little kernels sizzling inthe pot
all of a sudden, one went "Pop!"
3 Three little kernels sizzling in the pot
all of a sudden, one went "Pop!"
2 Two little kernels sizzling in the pot
all of a sudden, one went "Pop!"
1 One little kernel sizzling in the pot
all of a sudden, it went "Pop!"

You don't need a felt board to have fun with this one. Have your toddlers pretend they are the popcorn kernels. Everybody start out crouched down on the floor, sizzling in oil :) and when the the kernel goes "Pop!" jump up and clap your hands!

For our art project, in honor of MY birthday :) which was on Family Storytime day, (go ahead, ask :)) we decorated cupcakes (on coloring sheets designed with Charise Mericle Harper's famous Cupcake in mind - thanks for the inspiration, Ms. Harper!) with paper "sprinkles,"  "cherries," and "candles." A shout out to Cole, a wonderful TCPL volunteer, for helping me punch out all those sprinkles - you're awesome!