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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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.