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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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Thursday, October 23, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime

Our theme last Saturday was Apples & Pumpkins!

We read...

Apples Here! by Will Hubbell
Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church
Patty's Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat
A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek

Highlighted felt board rhyme:

You may know the song Farmer Brown Had Five Green Apples. Well, after we read Little Apple Goat, these words seemed more fun for our counting felt board!

Apple Goat Saw Five Green Apples

Apple Goat saw five green apples hanging on a tree,
Apple Goat saw five green apples hanging on a tree,
So she plucked one apple and ate it hungrily!
Now there are four green apples a-hanging on the tree!

[Continue four, three, two, one]

Apple Goat is napping after eating so many apples!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime

Our theme today was Stormy Weather!

We read...

The Big Storm: a Very Soggy Counting Book by Nancy Tafuri
Bear in Sunshine by Stella Blackstone
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw

Highlighted feltboard rhyme:

Five Little Leaves

Five little leaves so happy and free,
Hung from a branch of a maple tree.
The wind came whistling all around,
And one little leaf came tumbling down,
One little leaf came down.

[Continue: 4, 3, 2, 1]

We passed out colorful scarves and asked children to wave their scarves as we sang "the wind came whistling all around." We kept waving our scarves for this next poem...

Highlighted poem:

Fall Winds

Fall winds begin to blow...
Colored leaves fall fast and slow.
Whirling, twirling all around,
At last they touch the ground.

Looking for more books on weather? Check out some of Kelly's favorites here.

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