October top 5 for under 5 – 2020

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 ages birth to five years old and their families. Also, don’t forget to come visit us in the Community Room during the library’s express service hours!

Storytelling Math Series

Check out this new picture book series that celebrates children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Each book encourages kids and their families to explore their everyday surroundings for math with easy hands-on STEM activities and engaging storytelling targeted toward the very young. The first two books in the series, Lia & Luis: Who Has More? and The Animals Would Not Sleep! are coming soon to the library’s collection with more to follow.


With the arrival of cool, crisp autumn days, October is perhaps the most perfect time of year to go exploring the great outdoors. The folks at footpathing.com have made it super easy to find just the right place to explore with a descriptive index of local footpaths, nature trails and many kid-friendly hikes. The website even includes activity ideas like nature scavenger hunts and fairy house building.

Family Fun Fall Weekends at Terhune Orchards

In local autumn tradition, come to Terhune Orchards to celebrate the harvest season with great farm fun, fresh air and great music. Family Fun Fall Weekends are Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., rain or shine, until the weekend of October 31 – November 1. Live music, barnyard, nature trail, adventure barn, pedal tractor area, hay bale maze, corn maze, painting pumpkins, and sunflower trail are all included in the price of admission. New this year are online timed admission tickets purchased in advance to maintain social distancing and extra safety precautions due to COVID-19. If your weekends are booked, the farm is open during weekdays all year long.

Emergency Monster Squad by Dave Horowitz

Perfect for this spooky time of year, here’s a new picture book about a hilarious day in the life of two EMS workers who drive an “amboolance,” rushing to the aid of injured monsters. You never know what will happen when they crank up their siren and flash those lights!

My Bed: Enchanting Ways To Fall Asleep Around the World by Rebecca Bond

What kind of bed do you sleep in? This sweet rhyming book illustrated with charming hand-stitched art is a look at the many ways children sleep across the world. Perfect for sharing while cuddling up with your little one at bedtime. 

Photo by Brittney Dowell on Unsplash

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