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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.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kate's Picks

Where's Mommy by Beverly Donofrio

A little girl and her mouse friend go looking for their mommies. I love the very detailed domestic scenes. I wish I could live inside this house. A very sweet story told from the comfort of home.

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrel

It's nice to have a friend, isn't it? Especially one like Octopus. Octopus helps you prepare a bath... of egg salad! Octopus reads you a bedtime story... in robot language! Octopus takes all the monsters out from under your bed... and puts them in your closet! Oh, Octopus! This is a perfectly hilarious bedtime story, I love it.

On My Way to School by Sarah Maizes

An imaginative young girl gets ready for school. Instead of a little girl brushing her teeth, she is an elephant at a watering hole. Instead of carrying her backpack, she's a Sherpa climbing Mount Everest. A great book for anyone who needs a little help getting going in the morning! Every task should be this fun.

Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein

A cat named Wabi Sabi learns the meaning of her name by asking different animals. A beautiful (but simple!) book told in part through haiku. I always remind adults that there is still a lot to be learned from picture books. This is a good example to illustrate that point.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

One Tiny Turtle, by Nicola Davies

Summary: The circle of the life of a turle.

Recommendation: Cool, nice, cute.

Fun Fact: When sea turtles grow up there heads are as hard as a helmet.

I give this book 6 bananas.

I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906, by Lauren Tarshis

Characters:  Leo, Wilkie, Fletch, Papa, and Grandpop.

Problem: Fletch and Wilkie stole Leo's gold! Leo goes to get it back, but than the earthquake starts!

Solution: Become friends with Wilkie and get out of town!

Fun Fact: The characters aren't real but the earthquake was!

Recommendation: This series is great! You should read all the books!

Rating: 6 bananas --I loved it!

A Perfect Time for Pandas, by Mary Pope Osborne

Characters: Jack, Annie, Roly, Poly, Bing-Bing, Little Guy

Their mission is to find an unusual bread in China. The bread will help break the spell of the Penny the Penguin who was turned into stone.

Southwest China, Wolong Town, Panda Center.

Solution: They find the bread.

Fun Fact: Wolong means, Sleeping Dragon.

I give this book 6 bananas.

Recommendation: Historic, Mysterious, Adventurous books!

Iggie's House, by Judy Blume

Problem: The Landons don't want the Garbers to live there.

Characters: Winnie, her parents, the landons, and the Garbers.

Solution: Winnie and her family stand up to the landons.

Fun Fact: Winnie calls Ms. Landon, "Germs."

I give Iggie's House 6 banana

Recommendation: Fun, cool, friendship