January top 5 for under 5 – 2022

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to five years old and their families.

Owl Babies StoryWalk

“Owl Babies” written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson celebrates its 30th year of publication in 2022. Take a walk around the library building to see and read this beloved picture book in the windows facing Witherspoon Street. The “Owl Babies” StoryWalk features prompts for early literacy activities to further engage children. You can also read the book with us during a special edition of Storytime Shorts on the library’s YouTube channel which includes songs, a craft, and a list of related books, activities, and resources. To read more about owls, check out this list of Picture Books About: Owls.

Free music on hoopla

Wintry weather or pandemic woes keeping you stuck inside with restless tots? Time for a spontaneous dance party! Get your groove on with access to hundreds of kid-friendly dance songs through the library’s subscription to hoopla. All you need is your library card and the furniture pushed aside.

Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter

In the middle of the night, a chain reaction of noises wakes the residents of an urban apartment building and then lulls them back to sleep. Full of fun opportunities to make silly noises while reading aloud, this picture book is a staff favorite from 2021. You can also enjoy our Storytime Shorts episode featuring “Everybody in the Red Brick Building” available on-demand on the library’s YouTube channel.

We Want Snow! A Wintry Chant by Jamie Swenson

Perfect for sharing during those dreary, snowless January days in New Jersey, this new picture book is a cozy way to celebrate the season of winter and anticipation of snow.

Forty Winks: A Bedtime Adventure by Kelly DiPucchio

This delightful new picture book features the Wink family with two mouse parents busily getting all of their thirty-eight mouselings ready for bed. With rollicking, rhyming text and adorable, detailed illustrations by Lita Judge, it is sure to be a new bedtime favorite read-aloud.

Photo courtesy of the library.

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