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.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Kate's Picks

Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise 

It's baking day, it's baking day, it's baking day at grandma's! Grab your flour and sugar, your wooden spoon and measuring cups, turn on the oven and make some tea. It's baking day! This is a very warm and joyful book. Perfect for a winter day at home or at grandma's.

Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion

More food! A story all about pizza. Not only does this book include lots of information on the origins of pizza, it also tells the reader a bit about life in the Italian town of Pienza. A lovely, mouthwatering story, beautifully illustrated and full of tradition.

Fluff and Billy by Nicola Killen

Fluff and Billy are penguins. Fluff and Billy are best friends. See them run together! See them swim together! See them splash together! See them throw snowballs together! ... OUCH! See them stop talking. See them mad. ... ... ... See them tickle each other! All's well again. A very sweet and lively story about friendship.

What Forest Knows by George Ella Lyon

Gorgeous illustrations and gentle text take us through a year in the forest. A perfect book for nature lovers that encourages readers to listen and look at the natural wonders all around them.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kate's Picks

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

A girl tours her neighborhood, soaking in the sights and sounds, feeling the rhythm of the day. This book is full of life and so much fun to read. You can't help but sing, snap and bop along. Big, bold illustrations and an irresistible beat make it a great choice for a dreary winter day.

Audrey (cow) by Dan Bar-el

Audrey (cow, poet, and adventurer) of Bittersweet Farms refuses to accept her fate as a hamburger and plots her escape with the help of her barnyard friends. The story is told through interviews with dozens of animal and human witnesses. I love the variety of characters: our heroine, the mindful Audrey, her sidekick, the loyal Eddie, their nervous mastermind, Buster... the list goes on. This was such a great read to start the new year. A fun, beautifully written book full of inspiration.

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Meet Maggie Mayfield: future president, science fair champion, lover of ice cream (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and a self-described "sharpened-pencils-deep-thoughts-spill-your-guts" kind of girl. Maggie is learning that being eleven is not so simple. Like the fact that her father's legs are falling permanently asleep. Or that her mother, supporting a family of five, is working herself to the bone. Add to all that two irksome teenage sisters, the cute boy at school, and the fact that her new gym teacher is actually making her run a whole mile a day, and you begin to get an idea of what it is to be Maggie. A very funny, touching memoir.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kate's Picks

Little Mouse by Alison Murray

A self-assured and imaginative little girl thinks about the ways she's strong like an ox and brave like a lion, or how she can trumpet like an eagle and waddle like a penguin. Sometimes, though, she still loves to be mommy's little mouse. A sweet and fun book. I love this little girl's spirit. I'm always looking for interactive picture books to use at storytime, and this is a good one. 

Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli

For Sam, winning is everything. But one day, some friends in need come first. Soon Sam learns there are lots of ways to be a champion! I like that this book teaches a simple lesson (winning isn't everything) in a fun way without making you feel like you're being chastised. I love the clear and colorful illustrations as well.

The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill
A lonely boy finds himself the keeper of a strange and powerful magic. He makes an unlikely friend in the daughter of the Bandit King. Together they (plus their new companion, an orphaned wolf) journey through an enchanted forest, on a mission to save their two kingdoms and themselves. Could you ask for more? This wonderful dark fantasy is hard to put down. Adventure and magic with important messages about peace, friendship and forgiveness. This was my favorite chapter book of 2014 and one of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Our Favorite Children's Books of 2014

Happy New Year! We've finished compiling our favorite reads of 2014 and are ready to share them with you!

Click here for Our Favorite Picture Books of 2014.

Click here for Our Favorite Chapter Books and Nonfiction of 2014.

What were your favorite books of the year? Please share your picks in the comments!