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: tcpl.org/kids/reading.php. We will post your review to this blog within the week.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Baby Storytime


It was such a gloomy day today but the happy, smiling babies made everything much better! 

Today we started by reading....

My Beak, Your Beak by Melanie Walsh

...and then sang this little kitty song from Jbrary:

I'm a Little Kitty Cat
Tune: I’m a Little Teapot

I'm a little kitty cat
Nice and sweet
Here are my whiskers and here are my feet
When I go out hunting, mice beware
Or you might just have a scare!

The baby sign we learned this week was water so next we sang a silly song about creatures in the water:

Slippery Fish from Jbrary

Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, slippery fish,
Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It's been eaten by an ...

Great white shark, great white shark, lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark,
Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It's been eaten by a ...

Humongous whale, humongous whale, spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, humongous whale,
Gulp! ... Gulp! ... Gulp! ... BURP!

Next we read...

Maisy Plays by Lucy Cousins

..and some puppets joined us for Hickory Dickory Dare, also from Jbrary. Yay, Jbrary!

Last we read...
 
Jump! by Steve Lavis

 ...and shared this rhyme along with Tiny Little Babies from Storytime Katie


Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey at the zoo
Monkey, monkey in the tree
Can you ________ like me?
(swing your arms, scratch an itch, pull your ears, hide your face)

We finished up with our scarves, Big, Small rhyme and our goodbyes.  See you next week!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Mice!

"I think mice are rather nice" do you? Rose Fyleman, the woman who wrote that iconic poem, is celebrated by Lois Ehlert in one of our book picks today. We also celebrated the book with a coordinating project I like to call "Lois Ehlert's Mice" :) Here are the books:
Mice by Rose Fyleman; Ills. by Lois Ehlert
Rose Fyleman, who wrote the poem "Mice" was born in 1877! What would she think if she saw Lois Ehlert's tribute to her poem in the book we read today? I know what I thought: "Time to create a project!" I love the poem, and I love the mice. If you liked the illustrations in this book, check out some others by the imitable Lois Ehlert!
In Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy, Maisy the Mouse really gets her exercise! We did too, as we hopped, skipped and jumped along with this fun, moveable book.
There are soooo many fun books about mice, as you may have noticed by the display selection on our table today! I didn't include non-fiction books in the display, but I'd like to include our Dewey number for that category here, just in case you want to teach your young ones about how these little critters live. In the non-fiction section, look for this number: J 599.35. Mouse, by Angela Royston, is especially suited to younger audiences. In fact, any time you want to help your child delve deeper into the animal kingdom, (or science or art or sports or whatever your child is currently interested in!) don't forget the non-fiction section! If you need help finding books on any topic, don't hesitate to ask us at the desk. We love helping kids learn more about subjects in books!
Let's sing the Mouse version of  Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

Mice!

(Sing to the tune of Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes)

Ears and whiskers, tails and feet
Tails and feet!
Ears and whiskers, tails and feet
Tails and feet
Pet my fur and make me squeak!
Ears and whiskers, tails and feet,
Tails and feet!
 Did you feel like a mouse when you sang that song? If not, try it again!!
We also sang the Sleeping Mice song:

Sleeping Mice!

See the little mice sleeping

‘til it’s nearly noon.

Come and let us gently wake them

With a merry tune.

Oh how still! Are they ill?

Wake up soon…..

Squeak little mousies,
Squeak, squeak, squeak!
Squeak little mousies,
Squeak, squeak, squeak!

Squeak little mousies,

Squeak, squeak, squeak!

Squeak little mousies,

Squeak, squeak, squeak!

See a version with bunnies on Youtube here with Jbrary. This song can be adapted to suit various animals such as bunnies who hop, hop, hop; birdies who flap, flap, flap; froggies that hop, hop, hop - see what other animals you can think up to put in this song!

Next week, we'll delve into Spring! I hope you can join us :)
See you next time,
Miss Kelly





Saturday, March 25, 2017

Family Storytime: Bathtime!

Bathtime! Some of us LOVE it, but some of us - not so much! I'll do my best to make a bath lover out of your little not-so-mucher with fun books and songs and rhymes about bathtime! Here are the books:
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta; Ills. by David Biedrzycki
Wash Up! by Gwenyth Swain 
Oh my goodness, I LOVE Grumpy Pants! It's a perfect book for talking about feelings and encouraging bathtime. Penguin is VERY grumpy, but he figures out the best way to cure the grumpies. It might just be the best way for you, too :)
Dory Story is also a favorite of mine. The ending is always a funny surprise, which is good, because it seems just a little bit scary before you get there ; ) Take it home sometime for the adventurer/scientist/bath-resistor in your house!
As I noted in the Toddler & Preschool Storytime Bathtime post, Wash Up! is a great book for helping young children see how the rest of the world lives. Not all children live in  house with a bath tub or shower! Learn about these kids and how they keep clean, and learn a little bit more about our diverse and beautiful world.
Now for some bathtime fun! I found Bubble, Pop! on the Jbrary blog and I just love to use it! It's a perfect song for bathtime, or anytime you want to create some imaginary bubbles. And pop them : )

Bubble, Bubble, Pop!
(Sing to the tune of the Paw Paw Patch)
One little red fish swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water,
One little red fish swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, POP!

One little blue fish swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water,
One little blue fish swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, POP!
Continue until you’ve done all the colors you have (or want to do!)

And now, don't forget to brush your teeth! See it here with Raffi.

Brush Your Teeth!
1 When you wake up in the mornin’,
And it’s quarter to one,
You wanna have a little fun,
*YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH!
(ch, ch-ch-ch, ch-ch-ch-ch-ch!)
YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH!
(ch, ch-ch-ch, ch-ch-ch-ch-ch!)
2 When you wake up in the mornin’,
And it’s quarter to two,
And you don’t know just what to do,*
3 When you wake up in the mornin’,
And it’s quarter to three,
You’ve got a great big smile for me,*
4 When you wake up in the mornin’,
And it’s quarter to four,
You hear a great big knock on your door,*
5 When you wake up in the mornin’,
And it’s quarter to five,
You’re so happy to be alive!*


Do you like bathtime? I sure do! Here's one last silly rhyme to take to the bath tub:
 I Saw You in the Ocean

I saw you in the ocean,

         I saw you in the sea,

I saw you in the bathtub, 
Oops! Pardon me!

See you next time, (but probably not in the bathtub ; )
Miss Kelly


Friday, March 24, 2017

Baby Storytime


It a rainy cold morning but it's officially spring so we spent today with some "looking forward to spring" books, rhymes and songs!

We started by reading....

Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott

....and we sang "Mister Sun" along with this sweet little one sung to the tune of "Farmer in the Dell":

Rain Is Falling Down from Jbrary

Rain is falling down. Splash!
Rain is falling down. Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down. Splash!

Sun is peeking out. Peek!
Sun is peeking out. Peek!
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out. Peek!

Next we learned the baby sign for "sun". 

Then we read...

Can You Say It, Too? Cheep! Cheep! by Sebastien Braun

...and some puppet friends joined us for "When the Ducks Get Up In the Morning"

Last we read bit of....

Ribbit by Jorey Hurley

...and shared the rhyme The Frog from Storytime Katie along with this super silly song:

Mmm Ahh Went the Little Green Frog from Jbrary

Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
And they all went mmm, mmm, ahh.

But... We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.
(clap) shanananana. (clap) shanananana.
We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.
They don't go mmm, mmm, ahh.

Early Literacy Tip

Music matters! Developing an internal rhythm helps prepare children for the cadence of reading. Check out our listening station where you can sample some of the wonderful children's music we have here to borrow!  I barely listen to music created for adults anymore.  There is SUCH good children's music being created!

We finished with shakers and said goodbye.  See you next week!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Bathtime

Who likes bathtime?? Lots of animals like bathtime, and so do lots of kids. Of course, there are a few who really don't like taking baths, and they can be tricky ; ) Today's stories and rhymes might be just the thing for your little bath-resistor! Here's what we read:
Wild! Bathtime by Courtney Dicmas
Wash Up! by Gwenyth Swain
I love Wild! Bathtime! It's a very simple board book - but full of potential fun - about how animals take baths. When reading this together, encourage your little one to be the animal, and they can learn about the animal's behaviors at the same time! Do we take baths in icy cold water? How do we like our baths? Can you shake yourself dry like the dog did? Let's make our arms into elephant trunks and pretend to spray water from them!

Wash Up! is a great book for seeing how children around the world take baths. Not all children have  a tub or a shower to get clean in! Learn how other people live! When children read books about how lives can be so different for people around the world, they not only get a better understanding of the world as it really is, it can help them learn empathy, as well. There are so many good reasons to read books like these with your kids :)

Let's sing about bubbles!
 Hello Bubbles  (call and response to the tune of Frere Jacques)
Hello bubbles, hello bubbles

Come and land, come and land

Right in the middle, right in the middle

Of my hand, of my hand!

A perfect song for the bathtub :)  Here's another one:

Floating Bubbles (Twinkle, Twinkle)

Bubbles floating all around,

Bubbles fat and bubbles round.

Bubbles on my toes and nose!

Blow a bubble, up it goes!

Bubbles floating all around,

                             Bubbles

                                Floating

                                  to the

                                     ground…

You can really pretend you have bubbles in your hands! Float them gently in the air. Stretch! Make them land on your nose and toes! Play-acting is one of the wonderful ways you can increase your child's ability to think about and process stories and information. That will help later in life when they are doing school! (Plus, you can get in a little exercise while you're at it!)

We handed out bubbles today, instead of stickers, and that was fun! I'll have bubbles at Family Storytime this weekend, too. We'll have the same theme, but add some different books!
Have a great week, and see you next time,
Miss Kelly