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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Friday, July 31, 2015

Babies, Books & Bounce

We read:

Lulu Loves Noises by Camilla Reed

Early Literacy Fact:

The number of words babies hear each day is an important predictor of future intelligence, school success and social skills.

-From Baby Read Aloud Basics by Caroline Blakemore and Barbara Weston Ramirez

We pretended we were tick-tocking clocks with this lap sit:


Tick-tock, tick tock,
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick-tock, tick tock,
Now I’m striking one o’clock. Cuckoo! (Lift baby or bounce)

Tick-tock, tick tock,
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick-tock, tick tock,
Now I’m striking two o’clock. Cuckoo! Cuckoo! (Lift baby or bounce)

Next we read...

"Quiet, Loud" by Leslie Patricelli and found our quiet and loud voices with this fingerplay:

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Soft,
And one named Loud.
Fly away Soft
Fly away Loud
Come back Soft,
Come back Loud.

Last we read...

"All of Baby Nose to Toes" by Victoria Adler and shared this rhyme:

"Hurry Scurry Little Mouse" from Mel's Desk

Hurry scurry little mouse
Starts down at your toes
Hurry scurry little mouse
Past your knees he goes
Hurry scurry little mouse
Past where your tummy is
Hurry scurry little mouse
Gives you a mousy kiss

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Superhero Storytime & Training Camp: Part 2

We finished up Superhero Training Camp today with lots of strong, happy and imaginative young heroes! What fun! Here's what we did:

We read...

Baron von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident by George McClements

How had I not read this book before? This is a really funny story about a super villain, Baron von Baddie, and our hero, Captain Kapow, who wind up needing each other more than they think. Very silly. And silly books are my favorite books to read at storytime.

Next we flexed our muscles and flew around the room to this rhyme:

If You're a Hero and You Know It

If you're a hero and you know it,
Flex your muscles!
If you're a hero and you know it,
Flex your muscles!
If you're a hero and you know it,
Then your pose will surely show it! [Strike a superhero pose!]
If you're a hero and you know it, flex your muscles!

[Continue: Jump up high...; Run really fast!]

(Credit: Mild-Mannered Librarian)

Next we read...

Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis

This is great story about a young girl with a big imagination. I love how Princess Super Kitty rules the roost! (You go, girl!) This is also one of the free books you can take home if you participate in our Summer Reading Pre-Reader Challenge! Sign up today if you haven't already!

Did You Ever See a Hero?

Did you ever see a hero,
A hero, a hero,
Did you ever see a hero,
Flying this way and that?
Flying this way and that way,
And this way and that way?
Did you ever see a hero
Flying this way and that?

(Credit: Jbary)

Our last book was...

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti

Every hero needs a code, right? This is a sweet and silly story about a boy and his superhero, Captain Magma, doing what superheroes do: playing, helping each other, and saving the day! What are your superhero rules?

Last we took out our parachute and worked together to help our two Super Chicken friends fly! Then we make our own superhero medals using colorful cardstock and ribbon, and had playtime with the balance beam, beanbags and parachute!

Whew. Being a superhero takes a lot of energy!
Our heroes working on the craft!

Stories In the Park: Ocean!

Today's theme was Ocean! I LOVE the ocean, do you? I think we were all wishing we were by the ocean today - it was a HOT one :) but we read lots of COOL books!

Here's what we read:

Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone; fabulous handmade felt illustrations by Clare Beaton!
I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs
There's a Hole In the Bottom Of the Sea adapted by Jessica Law: Ills. by Jill McDonald
Breathe by Scott Magoon

So many great books! If you want more ideas, ask for the list for this Stories In the Park program at the ref desk.

Here's a simple song that can help teach your little ones about different animals that live in the ocean:
The Animals In the Ocean
(sing to the tune of 'The Wheels On the Bus")
The whale in the ocean goes
Spout, spout, spout,
Spout, spout, spout,
Spout, spout, spout!
The whale in the ocean goes
Spout, spout, spout, all through the day!

The lobsters in the ocean go pinch, pinch, pinch.....
The octopus in the ocean goes wiggle, wiggle, wiggle....
The dolphins in the ocean go leap, leap, leap...
The children in the ocean go swim, swim, swim....
Be sure and do all the motions for the different things the animals do! What other animals can you think of?

Here's my felt board for
There's a Hole In the Bottom Of the Sea! 
I wish you all a great week~
 stay cool!
Miss Kelly