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!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Bathtime

Who likes bathtime?? Lots of animals like bathtime, and so do lots of kids. Of course, there are a few who really don't like taking baths, and they can be tricky ; ) Today's stories and rhymes might be just the thing for your little bath-resistor! Here's what we read:
Wild! Bathtime by Courtney Dicmas
Wash Up! by Gwenyth Swain
I love Wild! Bathtime! It's a very simple board book - but full of potential fun - about how animals take baths. When reading this together, encourage your little one to be the animal, and they can learn about the animal's behaviors at the same time! Do we take baths in icy cold water? How do we like our baths? Can you shake yourself dry like the dog did? Let's make our arms into elephant trunks and pretend to spray water from them!

Wash Up! is a great book for seeing how children around the world take baths. Not all children have  a tub or a shower to get clean in! Learn how other people live! When children read books about how lives can be so different for people around the world, they not only get a better understanding of the world as it really is, it can help them learn empathy, as well. There are so many good reasons to read books like these with your kids :)

Let's sing about bubbles!
 Hello Bubbles  (call and response to the tune of Frere Jacques)
Hello bubbles, hello bubbles

Come and land, come and land

Right in the middle, right in the middle

Of my hand, of my hand!

A perfect song for the bathtub :)  Here's another one:

Floating Bubbles (Twinkle, Twinkle)

Bubbles floating all around,

Bubbles fat and bubbles round.

Bubbles on my toes and nose!

Blow a bubble, up it goes!

Bubbles floating all around,



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You can really pretend you have bubbles in your hands! Float them gently in the air. Stretch! Make them land on your nose and toes! Play-acting is one of the wonderful ways you can increase your child's ability to think about and process stories and information. That will help later in life when they are doing school! (Plus, you can get in a little exercise while you're at it!)

We handed out bubbles today, instead of stickers, and that was fun! I'll have bubbles at Family Storytime this weekend, too. We'll have the same theme, but add some different books!
Have a great week, and see you next time,
Miss Kelly

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Family Storytime: Around the World and Back Home Again

There's no place like home!! Where's your favorite place to go in Tompkins County? It's Tompkins County's 200th anniversary! In Storytime today, we celebrated places from around the world, and then thought about what was wonderful right here in Tompkins County. So for our project, we also participated in the My Tompkins Mapping Project, a fun mapping activity that celebrates what is special about Tompkins County to each of us. I mapped out all my favorite places to hike and kayak. But there are so many incredible things to celebrate in Tompkins County: the library (of course!) - the awesome eateries, the gorgeous geology, the museums, the festivals, the art, the music.....OK, OK! You get the picture!
 Back to storytime :) Here's what we read:
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson 
Woody Guthrie's Riding in My Car toy book by Scott Menchin
In Otto the Book Bear, Otto gets left behind when the family he belongs to moves away. He goes on the adventure of his life to find a new home - and wait until you see where that new home is :) (Hint: one of the best places in the world!) 
Raffi's Baby Beluga in book form - what more do we need to say? Except: there are more where that one came from! Check out other books with Raffi songs in them to sing together with your young ones.
And finally, Woody Guthrie's Riding in My Car. It's a moveable toy book that has put in moveable picture form the essence of this wonderful old song. We do have a copy to check out. (But I'm not sure how long it will last ; )

We sang about several ways to travel today. If you want to cross the oceans and check out other countries, you might have to take a plane, right? We can pretend we are planes with this poem:
The airplane has great big wings
Its propeller spins around and sings
The airplane goes up
The airplane goes down
The airplane flies high
All over town!

 And of course we sang The Wheels on the Bus in case we wanted to get around Tompkins County and we didn't have a car ; ) Then we went far, far away to a warm ocean and sing Baby Beluga! In honor of water travel, we sang Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and then using the same tune, we sang Larry Robert's song, Roll, Roll, Roll My Chair! Here it is:

Roll, Roll, Roll My Chair!
Roll, roll, roll my chair
Gently across the room
If I need to go real fast
I can really zoom!
Roll, roll, roll my scooter
Down the sidewalk
If I see a friend of mine
I can stop and talk J
Roll, roll, roll my car
Down the city street.
I can drive it with my hands
I don’t need my feet!

Thanks, Larry! Finally, we got to our Tompkins County Mapping Project, and here are some of the happy results:



The pix are pretty tiny, and I've warned you all that I'm a terrible photographer, but here's the best of the pix that I took! Can you find your face, if not your map?? ; ) The original pictures look a bit better...

Thank you for participating in this project! I'll be sharing your maps with the program coordinators, and I'll let you know how to find them again as soon as I know. Feel free to leave a comment or call me at work to find out more.
Have a great week, and hope to see you again soon!
Miss Kelly

Friday, March 17, 2017

Baby Storytime

I'm so happy the snow storm stopped and we all dug ourselves out for Baby Storytime this week.  We had so much fun!

First we read...
Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr.

...and shared this little song from Storytime Secrets:

Put Your Finger in the Air

Put your finger in the air, in the air.
Put your finger in the air, in the air.
Put your finger in the air and wave it while it’s there.
Put your finger in the air, in the air.

… on your nose (and wiggle all your toes)
… on your wrist (now give your wrist a twist)
… on your knee (now let’s all count to 3, 1-2-3)
… on your lips (now wiggle both your hips)

...and this one from Jbrary which was wonderfully silly and it was so beautiful to see all the smiling baby faces!

Cheek, Chin

Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, nose
Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, toes
Cheek chin cheek chin, up baby goes!

Next we read...

Farm Animals by Simms Taback

...and some puppet friends joined us for this song:

All The Pigs
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb

All the pigs say oink, oink, oink,
Oink, oink, oink, oink, oink, oink,
All the pigs say oink, oink, oink,
Oink, oink all day long.

Our baby sign for the week was "eat"...such a useful one!

Last we read...

Sleepyhead by Flora Chang

...and shared these rhymes:

Wee Willie Winkie from here

Wee Willie Winkie runs through town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,
Tapping at the window and crying through the locks,
Are all the babies in their beds, now it’s eight o'clock?

Alligator Alligator from Storytime Katie

Alligator, alligator
Long and green
Alligator, alligator,
Teeth so mean
Snapping at a fly
Snapping at a bee
Snapping at a frog
But you can’t catch me!

Early Literacy Tip

Read with your baby every day! Reading aloud stimulates your child’s imagination and senses.

We finished up with our weekly rhymes, scarves (and did one of my favorites "Popcorn Kernals") and our goodbye songs and rhymes.  

I look forward to seeing you all next week!