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.

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Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Toddler Storytime: Silly Animals Marine!

Today's Toddler Storytime theme was Silly Animals Marine! I usually do an ocean theme in the summer when a lot of folks go on vacation and might be visiting the ocean, but I was so inspired by Curious Critters Marine by David FitzSimmons that I had to do the ocean theme this winter! More about that book later...but here are the books we read today:

Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs
Who Can Swim? by Sebastien Braun

All great books for discovering the beauty and diversity of ocean animals! Lucy Cousins' bright and silly illustrations provide entertainment for your toddler, while I Spy Under the Sea and Who Can Swim? bring lots of basic information about ocean critters with peekaboo openings and lift the flaps fun. My favorite book this week, however, was the one I took a poem called "Cushion Sea Star" from to create a fingerplay: Curious Critters Marine.
While this book is way too long and wordy for storytime, it is perfect for your growing toddler as a lap-sit, read-aloud. You might not first think of nonfiction books when picking out books for your toddler, but don't forget nonfiction books can be just great for older toddlers who are curious about the world around them, especially when they are as gorgeous and funny as David FitzSimmon's Curious Critters series. Curious Critters Marine is no exception. I sometimes read nonfiction books with my kids when they were very young and they both became great readers! There's something about seeing real-life animals - they are so beautiful and interesting in their own right - many children thoroughly enjoy sharing these types of books with their caregivers.

While enjoying any book about sea creatures, how about sharing this song?

The Animals in the Ocean
(Sing to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus!)
The whales in the sea go Spout! Spout! Spout! (Use your hand to pretend water is spouting from your back!)
Spout! Spout! Spout!
Spout! Spout! Spout!
The whales in the sea go Spout! Spout! Spout!
All through the day!
The lobsters in the sea go Pinch! Pinch! Pinch! (Pinch your thumb and other fingers together!)
The octopus in the sea goes Wiggle! Wiggle! Wiggle! (You get the idea...!)
The dolphins in the sea go Leap! Leap! Leap!
The child in the sea goes Swim! Swim! Swim!

Here's another, very short but very cute poem shared by Amanda Schiavulli of the Finger Lakes Library System:

I saw you in the ocean (Put your hand above your eyes like you're scanning the water)
I saw you in the sea!
I saw you in the bathtub! (Now cover your eyes with your hands!)
Oops! Pardon me!

So cute!

I just love the ocean! Share some great books about the sea with your toddler next time you have a yearning to see the sea!

See you next time!
Miss Kelly

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Family Storytime: Out in Space

At Family Storytime, I try to have a little something for everyone. With the theme of Out in Space, it's fun to pick a book or two for slightly older children - books that may still be relatively short, but have interesting nonfiction topics, and are illustrated in ways that will encourage kids to read. Thus my first two picks for book sharing: Mousetronaut and A Trip Into Space. Each of these books is short and fun, and both also have information in the back of the book for older kids who want to learn more. Here's the complete line up!

Mousetronaut by Astronaut Mark Kelly; Ills. by C. F. Payne
A Trip Into Space by Lori Haskins Houran; Ills. by Francisca Marquez
When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horacek

When the Moon Smiled is Petr Horacek's fanciful take on what that moon might be up to, out there in the nighttime sky! I think it lends itself nicely to a felt board story, and it really tied in with our craft today, which was: make a Cow Jumping Over the Moon Toy! This craft was introduced to me many years ago by Annette Birdsall, a wonderful children's literacy advocate in our own library system. Thanks, Annette! We've used it in different iterations many times over the years :)

Here's an excellent example of one of our Cow Jumping Over the Moon toys to share:

 Nice work! I think those cows are kissing :)

I also had a Toddler Table for the littlest ones who haven't yet developed those fine motor skills :)
 As it sometimes goes, not only the toddlers liked this craft!
Here's Yael's Solar System:

AND her Cow Jumping Over the Moon craft! She shared it with me, so it will be on display at the reference desk for a while, too! Thanks, Yael! So beautiful!

Here's a fun rocket song you can find on the internet:

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going very soon!
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocketship!
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going to the moon! (Countdown!)
10-- 9-- 8-- 7-- 6-- 5-- 4-- 3-- 2-- 1!
Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon! (Repeat as often as necessary!)

We also did another poem, sung to the tune of Ring Around the Rosie:

Ring Around the Rocketship

Ring Around the Rocketship~
Try to catch a star!
Stardust, stardust,
Fall where you are!

We had fun letting our imaginations go wild today!
 It's great to have our regular storytimes back!
See you next time!
Miss Kelly

Friday, February 5, 2016

Baby Storytime Highlights

It was wonderful to see all of the babies back at storytime this morning!  My how they've grown! First we read...

Nose To Toes, You Are Yummy! by Tim Harrington

...and we shared the this rhyme from the Verona Storytime page:

"Up, Up, Up"

Up up up in the sky like this
(lift baby in the air, facing you)
Down down down for a great big kiss
(lower baby down again and give a kiss)
Up like this
(lift up)
Down for a kiss 
(lower down)
You’re my special baby!

Then we read...
Hello Animals: What Makes You Special? by Loes Botman
and some animal friend joined us for Puppet Time.

Last we read....

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera

For this winter/spring storytime session, each week we'll be learning a baby sign with this song, sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It".  This week we learned the sign for all done.

Baby Sign Song

If you’re feeling all done, go like this…
If you’re feeling all done, go like this…
If you’re feeling all done, If you’re feeling all done
If you’re feeling all done go like this….

Early Literacy  Tip

Since this is the first storytime of this season, we reminded parents about library cards:

Did you know that even newborn babies can get library cards at TCPL? It’s true! Sign your baby up for a library card today!

We also tried out a new goodbye rhyme from Storytime Katie's page.

On My Face

On my face I have a nose,
And way down there I have ten toes.
I have two eyes that I can blink.
I have a head to help me think.
I have a chin, and very near, I have two ears to help me hear.
I have a mouth with which to speak,
And when I walk, I’ll use my feet.
Here are arms to hold up high,
And here’s a hand to wave goodbye.
These are just some of the highlights from this week.  If you'd like to have a copy of all of the songs and rhymes we shared today, let Cassandra know.

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you next week!