July top 5 for under 5

Check out this month’s recommendations for upcoming events at the library and around town, and new picture books for children ages five years old and younger and their families, curated by the Youth Services department. 

Zoom To the Moon!

“Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, we’re going to the Moon!” On Wednesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m., preschoolers ages 2 and up are invited to take a trip to the moon with activities selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. Activities will be located in the 3rd floor Story Room and Early Literacy area.

Summer Concert Series at Princeton Shopping Center

The Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Shopping Center present the 36th annual Summer Concert Series, featuring the best in local and regional jazz, folk, world, rock, and blues. Dancing with little ones is always welcome! Happening every Thursday, 6–8 pm, from June 27–August 29, at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair! 

The Watershed Institute

While open year round, the Watershed Institute in nearby Pennington is especially fun to visit in the summer. The top two favorite annual summer events are the Fairy Festival on July 13 and the Butterfly Festival on August 3, with lots of family-friendly activities. Along with preschool nature classes, a butterfly house, and educational nature center, the Watershed is lovely to visit any day you fancy a walk in the woods.

Kiss By Kiss = Ocêtôwina by Richard Van Camp

This counting and rhyming board book for babies and toddlers is brimming with ever-so-sweet photographs of diverse babies and their loved ones snuggling and kissing. It’s also dual-language, written in English and Plains Cree. 

Hello by Fiona Woodcock

A brother and sister enjoy a brilliant summer day full of spills, thrills, and silly adventures in this story comprised only of words that contain a double L. This is a fun new picture book to share with your preschooler this summer!

Photo by Edi Kurniawan on Unsplash

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