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: We will post your review to this blog within the week.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Reading Begins!

Max the Meerkat
Hiya book buddies! Our Winter Reading Challenge is off to a fantastic start! Have you grabbed a Reading Bingo Card yet? You can get one at the Library or online! No special registration necessary, just get yourself a Bingo card and start reading!

Here are some of the Bingo challenges I've accepted:

Read a story about winter: my pick was The Mitten by Jan Brett

Reader's Choice: I chose No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah O'Hara - one of my favorite picture books of the year!

Read a book by an author whose last name begins with "S": I picked Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak!

Read a book in a series: How about Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas by Melanie Watt? I love Scaredy Squirrel!

Hey! I've got a BINGO!

Come in for a Bingo Card and add your name to a mitten to display in our window!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Introducing the Winter Reading Program

Max the Meerkat
My dear book buddies! We're pleased to announce the first ever Winter Reading Program at the Library starting December 14th through January 31st! We have reading challenges for Pre-Readers and children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Celebrate reading this winter and earn some cool prizes!

Here's how it works:
  • Come in to the library for a Reading Bingo Card, or print one online!
  • Read books based on the bingo card suggestions and try the listed activities.
  • Mark off the squares as you go.
  • Keep reading and have fun! For every 4 squares you complete, you'll earn a prize! If you complete 8 squares, or half the card, you'll be entered into our prize raffle!
Pretty simple, huh? It all kicks off this Saturday, December 14th with our Family Storytime Winter Special.

Contact Youth Services for more information at (607) 272-4557 extension 275, or just stop in for a visit!

Psst... here's a photo of our Winter Reading table! Stop in and check it out!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Best Illustrated Books of 2013 from the New York Times

Greetings book buddies! The end of the year is fast approaching, and "Best Of" lists are afoot! Click here for a slideshow of the New York Times' Best Illustrated Books of 2013.

Here are the winners!
  • Ballad, by Blexbolex
  • Fog Island, written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer 
  • My Brother's Book, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak 
  • The Dark, by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Jemmy Button, written and illustrated by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali
  • Holland, by Chalotte Demantons
  • Jane, the Fox and Me, by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
  • Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca
  • Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
  • Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Reading Sessions with Furry Friends!

Coming soon... Join us at the library for a reading session with one of these sweet, handsome pups! 


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Big Snow by Jonathan Bean

Gregor the Giraffe
Is it too early to start talking about snow? Jonathan Bean’s Big Snow just arrived at the library and I can’t stop thinking about that wonderful white stuff! David is a young boy at home, waiting for a snow storm to come. “When will it snow? How much snow will there be?” he keeps asking his mom. He tries to distract himself with chores. Baking cookies, the flour reminds him of snow. Making his bed, the cool white sheets become a soft, snowy landscape. Soon enough he can’t resist running outside to check the weather.

Do you ever feel that certain electricity in the air when a storm is coming? Well, that’s just how I felt reading this book. Big Snow perfectly captures that tingly sense of anticipation. Moreover, I loved the cozy indoor scenes between David and his family: baking cookies, napping, and eating dinner all safe and warm while the world outside goes white.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek

Max the Meerkat
After a big storm, Puffin Peter is lost at sea! How will he find his way back to his best friend Paul? Peter sets off to find his friend with help from a friendly blue whale.  Together they swim the ocean looking for Paul, meeting lots of feathered friends along the way. You can’t go wrong with this sweet, simple story with important lessons about friendship and helping others.  The bright and beautiful illustrations really make this title stand out. Petr Horacek continues to be one of my favorite authors and illustrators!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Ollie and Claire by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Max the Meerkat

Ollie and Claire are two best friends, closer than close can be. They snack together, swim together and sing together. What could be better? Day-in, day-out, it’s the same happy story.  Alas, soon Claire yearns to expand her horizons. She’s ready to mix it up, try new things! One day, she spots a sign on a tree: “Travel Friend Wanted for Round-the-World Journey!” Claire is enticed. Immediately she starts day dreaming about the adventures she’ll have: to the mountain! To the moon! But how will she ever tell Ollie? And who is this mysterious travel partner? Read the story to find out! I loved this sweet and funny book full of friendship and adventure.  The illustrations by Matthew Cordell (one of my favorite artists!) are the icing on the cake!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Foxy! by Jessica Souhami

Gregor the Giraffe

Jessica Souhami is back with a great new read-aloud story: Foxy!  Foxy sets out to travel the countryside with only a bee in a sack. “Will you look after my sack?” he asks each unsuspecting person. He offers just one condition: “Whatever you do, DON’T LOOK IN THE SACK!” But who could resist the teensiest peep?  Just like that, out goes the bee! Naturally Foxy will accept a fine rooster as payment for his lost bee… and then a pig for the rooster, and then even a young boy for the pig! Will the devilish fox outwit them all? Will someone step in to stop old Foxy? Read this book to find out!

Clear, colorful illustrations compliment this action-packed story. A great addition to storytime!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dozens of Cousins, by Shutta Crum, illustrated by David Catrow

Milo the Monkey

Ah, summer. What says summer to you? Swimming, barbeques and sunscreen? How about camping, juicy watermelons, and lightning bugs? How about a big family reunion with mom, dad, brothers, sisters, and Dozens of Cousins? Shutta Crum, award-winning author of Thunder-Boomer, and illustrator David Catrow take us to a big, messy and beautiful family reunion, powered by a pack of boisterous, exalted cousins. Come along with this rowdy crew as they climb trees, gobble up corn on the cob, and bask in the boundless love of family. Lyrical, triumphant writing and energetic illustrations make this book hugely satisfying. Now bring it in for a hug!

Friday, July 19, 2013


Owen the Owl
Owen the Owl here - you know how much I like non-fiction books. Well, Frogs by Nic Bishop is one of my new favorites! Nic Bishop is an award winning author of many children's books. Take one look at Frogs and you'll see why! The photographs are amazing and the information interesting and in-depth. If you love nature and animals, especially frogs, (and even if you don't love frogs) (is that possible?) you're going to love this book! Take it from me, Frogs is worth a look. And another look...and another look...! Garump!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Ghost of Graylock, by Dan Poblocki, reviewed by Aurora

All Neil Cady wants to do is see Graylock Hall for himself. It is a retired asylum- once filled with kids and adults, waiting to be cured of their mental disorders. Then, something went drastically wrong- several children mysteriously died. The hospital was shut down and left alone to decompoose in the woods. Neil came prepared with his camera, tag-along sister, and a friend or two, what he didn't expect was...... someone to follow him home! This was an awesome book, filled with long, winding hallways of mystery and terror, and a suprising twist at the end. This was such a great book, I was filled with sadness when I finished it!

5/5 Bananas

Reviewed by Aurora, age 10

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