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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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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: "Evil Spy School"
Evil Spy School is part of the Spy School series. Which one, I have no clue. What I like most about this book is that it is very realistic. The characters do not have perfect lives. They are full of shortcomings.

13-year-old Ben Ripley was accepted into the CIA, a spy training academy a few books before.

It is completely hidden from the outside world.

During a spy test where two teams must fight each other, a real bomb, purposefully planted in the pile of paint bombs, is shot into the principal's office, and Ben is blamed. He is expelled and immediately accepted into SPYDER, an academy for evil spies and the CIA's rival.

There, Ben finds out that he has been expelled on purpose and is a double agent. What happens next is so suspenseful and top secret that I must not reveal it or I will spoil the book for you.

Review by Tania, age 10

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stories in the Park: Build a Better World

Uh-oh! The ground was very wet at the park, and the weather looked iffy for late morning, so I chose not to gamble and held Stories in the Park in the library! So sorry to any who may have been inconvenienced! In spite of this, we had a lovely gathering of folks at the library and we 'built' on this year's New York State Summer Reading Program theme, which is Build a Better World. When considering how one might do that, books sure come to the fore! There are different ways to consider the word "build" as well. Build as in physically - like buildings, landscaping, planting gardens (building food? ; ) and build as in spiritually - like building on our strengths as human beings. I chose to explore a few different concepts at storytime today. Here's what we read:
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
Say Hello! by Linda Davick
If you were around last year for the first Farmer's Market Stories in the Park, you'll know that I said I thought the book If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson just might save the world :) I still feel that way, (especially if everyone in the world actually read the book ; ) and I was thrilled to have the perfect opportunity to use the book again. Because, in my mind, practicing peace and kindness is surely the way to building a better world. There's a spiritual look at how to build a better world.

 Tip Tip Dig Dig is a book that represents a physical manifestation of building a better world, as Garcia's adorable construction vehicles take a heap of junk and dig, tip, mix, roll and push their way to building a playground! What an awesome book! If you didn't make it to storytime today, check it out. The illustrations, and the ending make for an extremely kid-friendly book!

 What's the simplest way to build a better world? Be friendly! Say Hello! in Say Hello! by Linda Davick, we find many ways to say "hello" and be friendly. Feeling shy? I sometimes do! Don't worry, for those days, just a smile will do :)

Let's sing the Peace Song with some sign language! Here is a link to a great website for learning some basic American Sign Language, or ASL: ASL custom search. Put the word you are trying to find the ASL to in the quotations at the top. Then scroll down until you see the professor and click on that. That's what I did to find the ASL for "peace" "hearts" "hands" "lives" "lands" and "world". Today's storytimers did such a great job with our signs!

Peace in our hearts
Peace in our hands
Peace in our lives
Peace in our lands
Peace unto you
Peace unto me
Peace unto all the world’s families.

So sweet! We also learned the sign for "friends" while we sang a Hello Friends, Goodbye Friends song after reading Say Hello! It was fun, as again, the kids caught right on :) Here's the song:

Hello Goodbye Song using ASL
 (Sing to the tune of Goodnight Ladies)
"Hello" is like a salute. "Friends" is taking two pointer fingers and linking them first one way, then the other, like hugs. For "Time" you tap your wrist, and "Say" is touch your chin under your mouth and pull finger away from your mouth. "Goodbye" is like a regular wave goodbye.

Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello!
 Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
It’s time to say goodbye!

Here's a link to the Wild About Reading post that has our construction song that we sang today, "Bumpin' Up and Down Construction". Now it's time for me to say "Goodbye Friends". See you next time!
Miss Kelly

Here's my booklist for Build a Better World:

Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root; Ills. by G.Brian Karas

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Hello, Hello! by Miriam Schlein; Ills. by Daniel Kirk

Construction by Sally Sutton; Ills. by Brian Lovelock

Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley

Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz

Say Hello! by Linda Davick

The Children’s Peace Book: Children around the world share their dreams of peace in words and pictures by Jolene DeLisa

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell


P.S. Don't forget to sign your kids up for our Summer Reading Program! Remember - it's not just for big kids. Everybody, including the baby in the belly, can do our Summer Reading Program! Check in with us at the desk or online for details!
And please leave comments! We love to hear from you!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review of "The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After" by Tania

My book, The School for Good and Evil, is the first one of the School for Good and Evil trilogy by Soman Chainani. The series is told from two points of view (though it isn't mentioned): Sophie and Agatha. These two girls are very different but are best friends. When Sophie gets kidnapped, Agatha jumps on and goes with her. But Sophie, who is pretty and fair, gets dumped in the School for Evil, while Agatha, who is grumpy and unattractive, is sent to the school for good. They soon find themselves in the middle of a fairy tale that will take all of their guts to survive. Their friendship and trust in each other will be tested in ways that are horrific and terrifying.

This book is a masterpiece. It is also a cliffhanger, which leaves you begging for the next one. It is very creative and original, which is what I have learned to appreciate in authors. There is no other book in the world like it. I would thoroughly recommend this book to any reader who is searching for a thrill involving romance, adventure, tragedy, and humor.

Review by Tania, age 10