February top 5 for under 5 – 2021

We invite you to check out this month’s Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children from birth to 5 years old and their families. 

Black History Month Books For Little Kids

February is Black History Month. Check out this Youth Services staff-curated list of picture books for young children that feature notable African Americans, past and present, and celebrate stories by Black authors and illustrators that capture the diverse experiences of Black families and children. You can also visit us in the Virtual Story Room as we share picture books created by Black authors and illustrators with interactive read-alouds. Learning about Black history and seeing authentic representation is important for all kids to see, no matter their skin color or age, all year round.

Old Fashioned Valentine’s Day at Howell Living History Farm

The air may be chilly, but the farm’s wintry landscape is the perfect setting for a heartwarming Valentine’s Day ride on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Families and groups can snuggle into a bobsled or hay wagon pulled by a handsome team of drafts. No matter the hitch, the horses will be wearing their finest bells. Inside the farmhouse there will be live music by the Jugtown Mountain String Band, soup on the stove, and a children’s craft program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a small materials fee. Renowned artist Lauren Muney will be demonstrating the elegant process of cutting silhouettes by hand— and talking with visitors about the history of this traditional craft. Individual portraits can be purchased to benefit the farm’s school programs. Mask wearing and socially distancing practices will be in place.

Bob Shea’s Story Safari

Author and illustrator Bob Shea offers this fun creative-play video series featuring imagination-provoking activities using everyday objects. Story Safari shows you how to find the stories hidden around your home. Help Bob with his imagination adventure, then set out on an expedition of your own. Step away from the screen! Find those stories and share them with the world! The series is available on Bob’s YouTube channel, Instagram and Twitter.

“Off to See the Sea” by Nikki Grimes

Award-winning author and poet, Nikki Grimes, and acclaimed illustrator, Elizabeth Zunon, follow up their previous picture book, “Bedtime For Sweet Creatures,” with another imaginative and lyrical adventure featuring a lovable toddler. Bath time has never been so magical!

“Time for Kenny” by Brian Pinkney

Two-time Caldecott Honor artist and Coretta Scott King Medalist Brian Pinkney’s latest picture book is simple, direct, and pitch-perfect for emerging readers. This vibrant, family-oriented picture book is full of boundless energy, action and unlimited love. A timeless choice for fans of Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Christian Robinson, and Oge Mora.

Photo by Kiana Bosman on Unsplash

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