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: tcpl.org/kids/reading.php. We will post your review to this blog within the week.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Two Classic Children’s Books by Ann and Paul Rand


Milo the Monkey


For a word-lover like me, December at the library has been rife with gifts! First the lyrical Nightsong found its way into my paws, and now two republished classics from Ann & Paul Rand! I’m the happiest monkey in the reading jungle! 

First up is Sparkle and Spin, a book about the power of words big and small. What are words? What can words do? How do words feel? This clever, colorful book explores what we can express with words, and what they mean to us. I loved this book because it made me reconsider the everyday words I take for granted! From the simple yet authoritative yes and no, to the dramatic bang! and boo!, and who could forget hair and hare, pair and pear, or there, their, they’re? Read this book and discover the wonder, magic and downright clout of words.

Next we have I Know a Lot of Things, a well-loved tome that will give your mind a workout. This book is all about possibilities. How many things are there to know about your home, your world, your universe? What sound does a cat make? What are houses made of? What does the sun look like? This book inspires the reader to think about what he or she already knows, and how much new knowledge is waiting to be discovered! After reading this book, I can’t wait to add to the list of things I know. Luckily, the library is the perfect place to start searching for new gems of knowledge!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nightsong by Ari Berk, illustrated by Loren Long

Milo the Monkey


Going off on your own for the first time can be scary. Your first day of school, your first sleepover… it’s not always easy to leave what’s familiar behind. Nightsong is the story of Chiro, a young bat making his first solo flight in the dark of night. At first Chiro is worried: how will he see in the dark? His mother assures him he can use his good sense. “Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you,” she tells Chiro. We know bats use echolocation to navigate through the deep, black night, and that’s just what Chiro does. As he sings, the darkness seems to lift and the magnificent night world comes into view. Gaining confidence, Chiro happily explores land and sea all on his lonesome before flying back to the safety of home and his mother’s wings. 


Here are some library books about echolocation and senses:





Here are some non-fiction books about bats: 

Little Red Bat by Carole Gerber 


Here are some more picture books featuring bats:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Our Favorite Books for Children of 2012


All year long, we’ve been hanging from trees, relaxing in the tall grass, perched atop the tallest trees, always with a book in hand!  Now the time has come to reveal our favorite books fo the year! Click on the links below to read all about them!
We'd love to hear your favorites, too!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Zephyr Takes Flight by Steve Light



Gregor the Giraffe

Zephyr Takes Flight, one of my new favorites at the library, reminds us that sometimes the biggest adventures begin in our imaginations. Zephyr loves airplanes and dreams of flying her own. For now, she spends her days building paper planes and imagining stunts, like the triple loop-de-loop spectacular! When her flight practice goes awry, Zephyr is sent to a time-out in her room (we’ve all been there). Behind her dresser she discovers a secret door… What adventure-lover could resist a secret door? Read this book to find out what Zephyr discovers. I’ll give you a sneak peak: the greenest trees, the tallest mountains and even flying pigs!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio


Harold the Hedgehog
By now you know I love art books, but I don’t just admire art: I love to create as well! That’s why Crafty Chloe first piqued my interest. Chloe is on a quest to make the perfect birthday gift for her best friend. She knows it’s going to be very purple, but not much else! Will the resourceful Chloe be able to fashion a gift that befits her very dear friend? This charming book really inspired me to get creative. I'm thinking of knitting some new winter hats for my book buddies!

Don't forget to visit craftychloe.com to learn how to make the crafts featured in the book!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pippi Reviews Two Silly Holiday Books

Pippi the Parrot


When the snow starts to fall, I love to cozy up in my nest with some silly holiday books. Nothing warms me up inside and out like a good laugh. 

I found Eight Wild Nights at the library just in time for Hanukkah. See hijinks unfold as the house fills with wacky family and friends in this rhyming story of Hanukkah. The family gathers for latkes (with ice cream), blackjack (instead of spinning the dreidel) and the lighting of candles (out of order, of course). Will anything go right? It may not be a picture-perfect Hanukkah, but the family is happy simply being together. This book is sure to have you chuckling all eight nights. 


Keep the laughter coming with How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?, a new book from the How Do Dinosaurs? series. The dinosaurs’ Christmas spirit is bubbling up and almost boiling over! They’re trying their best to help out around the house, but it’s oh-so-tempting to peek at presents, tip over the tree, and creep into the kitchen for some cookies. This book will have even the staunchest Scrooge in stitches! I loved the big, colorful illustrations.

I hope these two books tickle your funny bone. Happy holidays!