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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.

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.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wild Wings!

Max the Meerkat
They say you can't judge a book by its' cover, but Wild Wings, the debut juvenile fiction novel by Gill Lewis caught my eye right away! And I was not disappointed by what I saw inside!
So, what do Scotland, sheep farming, nature, wildlife, and edge-of-your-seat suspense have in common? You can find them all in Wild Wings. It's a story about two Scottish kids who make a wonderful discovery on Callum's Farm. They make a pact to keep the discovery a secret. How this story unfolds is an amazing journey into the hearts and minds of humans and animals alike; a story I will never forget! At the end of the book the author lists some great sites you can check out online to find out more about the amazing animals in this book. What animals, you ask?'s a secret. You'll just have to read Wild Wings, by Gill Lewis, to find out!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Leap Back Home to Me!

Hi, Gregor the Giraffe here, with a fun-filled book about independence and bravery and good-old home sweet home! Leap Back Home to Me by New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Thompson is action-packed, as the cutest little frog (unbelievably adorable illustrations by Matthew Cordell) leaps from one adventure to the next. His resourceful and ever cheerful mom always welcomes him home with open arms, a fabulous box of crayons or great froggy stories at the ready. You won't want to miss this one, especially if you like to play Leap Frog as much as I do! Leap right out to the library today, and read Leap Back Home to Me!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Chapter Book Read-Alouds for Preschoolers

Pippi the Parrot
Now that you’re a preschooler, you may be interested in listening to longer books – like books with chapters! I love chapter books and I just finished a wonderful title that any preschooler will love: Twig, by Elizabeth Orton Jones.
Twig is a classic that has it all: fairies, elves, magic, and a couple of the main characters just happen to be birds, so it’s definitely my kind of story! Twig is a little girl who longs for a fairy to inhabit the little tomato can home she creates for such a little person, and her world is TRANSFORMED when Mrs. Sparrow introduces her to, not a fairy (that comes later), but an Elf instead! Shortly before meeting Twig, Elf borrows a magic book from their public library (good little Elf) and uses it to put a spell on Twig that…..well….you’ll have to read it to find out just what happens to Twig, but I know you’ll love her little adventure.

More Preschool Chapter Book Read Alouds:
Twig and the titles below have basic concepts and storylines for young listeners with long attention spans.

Milly Molly Mandy, by Joyce Lankester Brisley
J Brisley
Milly Molly Mandy is a little girl with “short hair, short legs, and a very long name.” She is resourceful and thoughtful and the book captures with accuracy the dilemmas and challenges of a child's world.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary
J Cleary
Tiny Ralph S. Mouse lives in a mouse hole in Room 215 of the Mountain View Inn. Life becomes downright thrilling when Keith and his family stop at the inn for a few days, and Keith lets Ralph ride his toy motorcycle.

Dragon of Doom, by Bruce Coville
J Coville
Life in the village of Pigbone is boring until an aspiring magician and his talking toad come to town and ask Edward to help them slay the Dragon of Doom. 1st in the Moongobble and Me series, and a nice introduction to the fantasy genre.

The Countess’s Calamity, by Sally Gardner
J Gardner
Five dolls, abandoned in a park, are rescued by Mr. and Mrs. Mouse who provide a home for them and protect them through various adventures, despite the horrible behavior of the doll called the Countess.

Busybody Nora, by Johanna Hurwitz
J Hurwitz
Relates the adventures of an inquisitive little girl who lives in a large apartment building in New York with her parents and little brother Teddy.

The Toys Go Out, by Emily Jenkins
E Jenkins
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys. Toy Story fans my especially enjoy this book.

Dinosaurs Before Dark, by Mary Pope Osborne
J Osborne
First in the Magic Tree House series: Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister, Annie find a magic tree house, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

The Littles, by John Peterson
J Peterson
The adventures of a tiny family who live within the walls of the Bigg's house. Great precursor to the more in-depth, The Borrowers.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Reviews from Pippi the Parrot

Pippi the Parrot
If you are anything like me, you are always on the look-out for silly new picture books. Oh boy, oh boy do I have some good ones for you! I was pecking through the shelves at the library today and came across a couple books that made me squawk out loud! The first book caught my attention just because of the title, The Boy Who Cried Ninja. I don’t know about you, but I personally am a ninja fan, so I had to find out what this book was all about. This story is full of crazy antics (which I love), like cake-kicking ninjas, sunburned crocodiles breaking TV antennas, and monkeys throwing pencils at a sleeping grampa (which grampas totally hate). I don’t want to give away the rest of the story, so I won’t say much more, except . . . you HAVE to read this book!

The way I feel about ninjas is VERY different from the way I feel about dogs. I don’t care for the way dogs smell or how they slobber everywhere, and I don’t get why they are always chasing things! Normally I would Say DON’T bother reading books about dogs, but today I found an exception. The grumpy dogs on the cover of Say Hello to Zorro looked so funny I had to take a peek. This is the story of a dog with a very particular schedule that must learn to share his day, and his stuff, when a new dog moves in. The crazy faces that these dogs make are absolutely hilarious; you have to check it out!

I hope you enjoy these silly stories, they sure made me squawk!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Celebrate Dance Like A Chicken Day With Silly BOOKS!

Pippi the Parrot
Dance Like a Chicken Day is a great day to, you got it:  DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN! But, it’s also a wonderful day to be plain silly all day long! Need some help? Flap your way through the following list of silly books for kids, but be sure to start with:
One Little Chicken, by David Elliott
Silly Picture Books
PS. You don’t HAVE to be a chicken to dance like one; you should see Gregor get down. If you don’t know how to do the chicken dance, ask an adult. EVERYONE who has ever been to a wedding is sure to know this fun feathered two step.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review from Harold the Hedgehog!

Harold the Hedgehog
The art lover in me was super excited to discover, Who Stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthie Knapp, on the Library shelf. Based on actual events and narrated by the woman with the world’s most recognizable smile herself,  this book brings to life the story of the famous Leonardo da Vinci portrait, the Mona Lisa. Through beautiful illustrations and brief text, this story presents facts about the painting’s “life” in the Louvre Museum, including her brief kidnapping, rescue and rightful reunion on the Louvre’s wall.
Did you know that the name of the woman who posed for the portrait was Lisa Gherardini and “Mona” means “my lady” in Italian? The English translation of the title is, MY LADY LISA. If you think that’s interesting, checkout this fun and informative art tale.
Leonardo da Vinci has always held a special place in my heart;  He was, after all, an animal lover. Legend goes, he would often purchase caged animals at the market, only to set them free! That’s my kind of artist. For books about this artisit, scultpter, inventor, architect, and engineer, visit our children’s art and biography sections.
You may also be interested in the Caldecott Award Winners; an award given to the most beautifully illustrated book of the year:
Caldecott Award Winner Books
And, here are more great picture books about art:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Book review from Max the Meerkat!

Max the Meerkat

We just got the best Non-fiction book about animals! It's called Animal Antics by Daniel Gilpin and it's chock full of hilarious (and real!) photos of all kinds of animals. You'll see several candids of my awesomely clever gang and lots more of my other animal friends, all with our funniest and best faces forward! If you like animals, you just have to get this book.You'll be smiling so hard your cheeks will hurt! Take a look and let me know what you think - Animals Rule!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Milo the Monkey
Earth Day is a very special day, not only for me and my animal friends, but ALL living creatures that inhabit our wonderful world. Join us in celebrating today with books about the earth and the ways we can help keep it beautiful. Of course, my favorite title is,  Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell, which is about my good friend and primatologist, Jane Goodall when she was about your age.

Check out our list of Earth Day picture books and let us know YOUR favorite.