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!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

And The Winners Are...

Earlier this week the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Randolph Caldecott Medal winners for 2014 were announced! Ooh, we just love award season! See the winners below.

Newbery Medal

The 2014 Newbery Medal winner for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children is...

Flora & Ulysses, written by Kate DiCamillo

Four Newbery Honor books were also named:

Doll Bones, written by Holly Black
The Year of Billy Miller, written by Kevin Henkes
One Came Home, written by Amy Timberlake
Paperboy, written by Vince Vawter

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards honor outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

2014 Author Award Winner:

P.S. Be Eleven, written by Rita Williams-Garcia

2014 Illustrator Award:

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Daniel Beaty

2014 Author Honor:

March: Book One, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

Darius & Twig, written by Walter Dean Myers

Words with Wings, written by Nikki Grimes

2014 Illustrator Honor:

Nelson Mandela, illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal winner for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Locomotive, written by Brian Floca

Three Caldecott Honor Books were also named:

Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle

Mr. Wuffles, written and illustrated by David Wiesner

There you have it! Let's have a big round of applause for our winners!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Booklist: Fantasy & Magic for Young Readers (aka Picks for the Pre-Harry Potter Set!)

Here at the Library we're often asked to suggest fantasy books that aren't too scary (i.e. ones that don't begin with a child being orphaned and end with an epic dragon battle). Well, you ask, and we deliver! We have a brand new booklist full of magic & fantasy for kids who aren't quite ready for Harry Potter. Check it out here!

You'll see the list includes some picture books, some chapter books young children can read on their own, and some that might be better suited as read-alouds. Either way, we hope you'll find something you love!

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Booklist: Colors

Greetings book buddies! We have a brand new booklist to share: Colors! You'll find lot of great books on this list: some old, some new, some Baby Bear Sees Blue. Enjoy!

Is there a booklist you'd like to see? Let us know!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cornell SEED presents: Eccentric Electric Paper and The Shy Magnet that Could

decorative imageYet another exciting science program is coming to the Library Sunday, February 9th from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Science Engineering and Education Development (SEED) from Cornell University will bring Eccentric Electric Paper and the Shy Magnet that Could to TCPL! Join us at the library to learn first-hand about the fascinating subject of circuits and magnetism. SEED will be providing hands-on activities to light up a bulb! Children will also explore the topic of magnetism by conducting experiments with copper pipes to learn more about magnetic fields.


No pre-registration required. Suggested ages 5+.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Booklist: If You Like Daisy Meadows... But Your Parents Don't

Pippi the Parrot
We've got a brand new booklist for children who can't get enough Daisy Meadows featuring fairies, friendship, and best of all: substance! We hope these picks will make children and their parents very happy!
To see the list, click here!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sam & DJ Return to TCPL!

Stop by and read with Sam!
Good afternoon! I've got great news to share: our reading dog volunteers, Sam & DJ, are coming back to the library! Sam & DJ will be joining us Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m., starting January 14, 2014.

Children are invited to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to these gentle pups! No registration is required, just stop on by and grab a book to share! We hope to see you!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Our Favorite Non-Fiction of 2013

How the Meteorite Got to the Museum
Why hello! We're back again to present Our Favorite Non-Fiction of 2013: from biographies, to natural history, to graphic design (and even a little poetry mixed in) we hope you'll find something that strikes your fancy!
Don't see your favorite read from 2013? Let us know!
Stay warm book buddies!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Our Favorite Chapter Books & Graphic Novels of 2013

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated AdventuresHi again! I'm here to bring you Our Favorite Chapter Books and Graphic Novels of 2013! 

See anything you read or plan to read? Share your favorites with us! Or, write your own book review and we'll post it right here on our Wild About Reading Blog!

Check back in soon for our favorite non-fiction of 2013. Happy reading!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Our Favorite Picture Books of 2013

Mr. Tiger Goes WildHappy New Year! I hope you're all safe and warm in your dens!

I'm pleased to announce our Favorite Picture Books of 2013 list is here! Have a look! What were your favorite books last year? Share your favorites with us in the comments.

Check back in soon for our favorite chapter books, graphic novels and non-fiction of 2013!