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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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Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cassandra's Picks

Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer
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This is a very funny book about a monster who doesn’t love what monsters traditionally love.  There are some great gross-out moments as she finds a way to befriend the monsterly monsters while still being true to herself.

Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop
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This is a gentle, simple story about a little girl who so wants to talk to the moon.  The beautiful illustrations outshine the story but also illuminate it in a way that feels magical.

Cat Fish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band by Sarah Weeks
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This funny book bounces along with a steady rhyme and introduces the concept of a compromise.  It’s a fun read!

Digger Dozer Dumper by Hope Vestergaard
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This is a great book for lovers of diggers.  The rhyming poems dedicated to each kind of digger will tickle young readers and show them what each vehicle is used for.

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
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This gorgeously illustrated wordless book will invite young readers to tell their own story of the boy and his forest friends.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime Winter Special

We celebrated the coming of winter during this very special storytime full of songs, stories and puppet shows!

We read...

Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep, by Jane Yolen
Don't Wake Up the Bear, by Marjorie Dennis Murray
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, by Iza Trapani

Highlighted song:

I'm a Little Snowman (Melody: I'm a Little Tea Pot)

I'm a little snowman, short and fat!
Here are my buttons, here is my hat!
When the sun comes out I melt away,
But you can make me again someday!

Highlighted Craft:

Can you spot our sock snowmen in this picture? Make your own at home following these simple instructions. And don't forget to sign up for our Winter Reading Challenge!

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime Winter Special

We had some wintery fun at our last Toddler Storytime of the year!

We read...

The First Day of Winter, by Denise Felming
Time for Bed, by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jane Dyer
The Cajun Cornbread Boy, by Diane De Las Casas with illustrations by Marita Gentry

Highlighted magnet board:

Check out our magnet board that was inspired by Denise Fleming's The First Day of Winter and then, read the book together! Then, get outside and play!

Highlighted poem:

Chant this poem or make up your own tune.
Five Little Snowmen

Five little snowmen all in a row,
Dancing, dancing, watch them go!
One danced too close to the barnyard door,
He danced inside, so then there were four...

Four little snowmen were playing hard,
Jumping, jumping in the yard.
One jumped and hit the limb of a tree.
He fell down, so then there were three...

Three little snowmen skipped through the snow,
Skipping, skipping to and fro.
Not turning as he was supposed to do,
One skipped away, so then there were two...

Two little snowmen began to spin around,
Spinning, spinning across the snowy ground!
One spun so fast because it was fun,
He spun away completely, so then there was one...

One little snowman stood all alone,
Standing, standing as the warm sun shone.
He stood so long in the noonday sun,
That he melted away, and then there was none.

But don't be sad 'cause I'm telling you,
That's what all little snowmen do.
Here are the snowmen puppets now,
To say goodbye, and take a bow!

A new session of Toddler Storytime begins Tuesday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m., followed by Baby & Toddler Playtime. See you soon!

Friday, December 12, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Baby Storytime

We read...

Baby Loves Winter, by Karen Katz

Early Literacy Tip: Make reading fun by choosing interactive books. Positive experiences with reading will encourage children to come back for more!

Highlighted song:

Touch each part of your body as you sing this song: feet, chest, neck and head.

Boots, Parka, Scarf & Hat
(Melody: Head, Shoulders Knees & Toes)

Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat!
Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat!
In wintertime we dress like that!
Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat!

(Credit: Mel's Desk)

Next we read...

Simms Taback's Farm Animals, by Simms Taback

Early Literacy Tip: As soon as they are able, children are hands-on learners! Using books that they can rattle, touch and feel, lift-the-flap, and so on, engages their senses and adds interest.

Highlighted song:

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill,
One named Jack,
One named Jill.
Fly away, Jack!
Fly away, Jill!
Come back, Jack!
Come back, Jill!

Last we read...

Jamberry, by Bruce Degen

Early Literacy Tip: While reading, keep baby's attention by changing the pitch of your voice and/or dramatizing the words to make baby smile!

Highlighted scarf song:

Wind, Oh Wind

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say,
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say.
I am blowing the scarves away!

(Credit: Mother Goose on the Loose)

Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at

Monday, December 8, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime

Our theme on Saturday was Bears!

We read...

My Favorite Bear, by Andrea Gabriel
The Bear Who Shared, by Catherine Rayner
Make a Wish, Bear, by Greg E. Foley
If I Were a Polar Bear, by Rives

Highlighted song:

Adapting common tunes and using poetry to highlight science is so much fun with toddlers and preschoolers! Today we sang The Polar Bear Lives in Alaska to the tune of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.

The Polar Bear Lives in Alaska

The polar bear lives in Alaska
She never gets cold in a storm
She swims in icy, cold water
Her heavy coat keeps her warm
Warm, warm, warm, warm
Her heavy coat keeps her warm
Warm, warm, warm, warm
Her heavy coat keeps her warm.

We also recited the common chant Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, and inserted some other kinds of bears in place of Teddy. Try panda bear, grizzly bear or polar bear. Can you think of any others?

Looking for more books about bears? Check out some of our favorites here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime

Our theme today was "Bears, Bears Everywhere!"

We read...

What the Grizzly Knows, by David Elliott
Orange Pear Apple Bear, by Emily Gravett
Forever, by Emma Dodd

Highlighted felt board:

There are lots of great songs and poems about bears. You may know The Bear Went Over the Mountain and Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. Here's a counting poem about bears to share with your toddler:

5 Little Bear Cubs

1 little bear cub wondering what to do,
Along came another and then there were two!

2 little bear cubs climbing up a tree,
Along came another and then there were three!

3 little bear cubs ate an apple core,
Along came another and then there were four!

4 little bear cubs found honey in a hive,
Along came another and then there were five!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Be sure to join us for our last Toddler Storytime of the session on Tuesday, December 9 at 11 a.m. We'll have some special winter fun!

Looking for more books about bears? Check out some of our favorites here!

Monday, December 1, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime

Our theme on Saturday was "Let's Count!"

We read...

Let's Count Goats! by Mem Fox
One, Two, Cockatoo! by Sarah Garson
Fire Truck, by Peter Sis
Count! by Denise Fleming

Highlighted felt board:

Kelly had fun with felt and fonts while making this felt board! Can you count to ten with Robot?

Robot's Numbers

Hello numbers:
1 - 2 - 3
Hello Robot: count with me!
Next come the numbers:
4 - 5 - 6
Count with me, let's be quick!
Now let's search for
7 - 8 - 9
We'll soon get those numbers in line!
Bring up the end with number
Then let's start all over again!

Looking for more books about counting? Check out some of our favorites here.