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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 30, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime

Our theme for Tuesday's Toddler Storytime was Halloween!

We read...

I'm Not Scared, by Jonathan Allen
Three Little Ghosties, by Pippa Goodhart
The Foggy, Foggy Forest, by Nick Sharratt

Highlighted song:

Kelly likes to celebrate nature during storytime whenever she can, so today she borrowed a song from Nancy Stewart called Nocturnal Animals. This is a great song that shares a lesson about how different nighttime animals live. Finger puppet friends helped with this song. You can find Nancy Stewart's original lyrics and listen to the tune here.

Nocturnal Animals

On a moonlit night when the stars are out,
There are nocturnal animals all about.
Whoo, whoo, whoo, what do I see?
A wise old owl looking at me...

Peek, peek, peek, what do I see?
A raccoon robber looking at me...

Eee, eee, eee, what do I see?
A little black bat just looking at me...

Meow, meow, meow, what do I see?
A curious kitten looking at me...

Squeak, squeak, squeak, what do I see?
A little brown mousie looking at me...

Highlighted song:

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said "Oh my, it's getting late!"
The second one said "There are witches in the air!"
The third one said "But we don't care!"
The fourth one said "Let's run, let's run!"
The fifth one said "I think Halloween is fun!"
Then wooooo went the wind,
And out went the lights,
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime

Our theme on Saturday was Halloween!
We read...

Three Little Ghosties by Pippa Goodheart
The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo
What's in the Witch's Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt

Highlighted felt board song:

Thank you to author and illustrator of Little Owl's Night, Divya Srinivasan, whose wonderful illustrations inspired our felt board props! If you haven't read the book yet, check it out, it is lovely! 

We modified this tune from Muffin Songs' "One Little Owl."

One Little Owl Said "Hoo!"

One little owl said "Hoo!"
Two little owls said "Hoo, hoo!"
Three little owls said "Hoo, hoo, hoo!"
As they sat in the old oak tree.

One little crow said "Caw!"
Two little crows said "Caw, caw!"
Three little crows said "Caw, caw, caw!"
As they flew 'round the old oak tree!

One little bat said "Eee!"
Two little bats said "Eee, eee!"
Three little bats said "Eee, eee, eee!"
As they hung in the old oak tree!

Looking for more Halloween books? Check out some of Kelly's favorites here!

Friday, October 24, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Baby Storytime

We read...

I Love You Through and Through, by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Early Literacy Tip: Talking while you play with your child starts to build their understanding of the world around them! The more children know about their world, the more background knowledge they will be able to bring to the books they read.
Highlighted song:

Snuggle Up Together

Snuggle up together,
Baby's in your lap.
Snuggle up together,
And clap, clap, clap!
Snuggle up together,
Don't you nap!
Snuggle up together,
And clap, clap, clap!
We're working out together,
Baby don't stop.
We're working out together,
Now hop, hop, hop!

Next we read...

Number One, Tickle Your Tum, by John Prater

Early Literacy Tip: You don't need to read each word in a book. Tailor the story to what will engage your baby. Follow baby's lead and have fun!

Highlighted rhyme:

Reach for the Ceiling

Reach for the ceiling!
Touch the floor!
Clap your hands!
Let's do some more!
Touch your head,
Then your knees!
Up to your shoulders, if you please.
Reach for the ceiling!
Touch the floor!
That's all know,
There isn't any more.

Last we read...

You and Me, Baby, by Lynn Reiser & Penny Gentieu

Early Literacy Tip: Babies enjoy books with photographs. Try making your own book using family photographs!

Highlighted song:

Popcorn Kernels (Melody: Frere Jacques)

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (Wave scarf)
In a pot! In a pot! (Ball scarf into hands)
Shake them, shake them, shake them,
Shake them, shake them, shake them,
'Til they pop! 'Til they pop! (Throw scarf)

(Credit: Jbrary)

Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at