October top 5 for under 5 – 2023

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.

Princeton Children’s Book Festival

The library’s annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival returns Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. under the tents on Hinds Plaza next to the library. Please join us for this joyful celebration of books and the people who make and read them. Over 40 acclaimed authors and illustrators in children’s literature will be present to meet, interact with, and sign books for young readers. Book sales are handled by our festival partner jaZams with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to the library’s Youth Services department. The 2023 featured artwork is created by author and illustrator, Mika Song, who will be joining us for a special edition Saturday Stories at 10:30 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the library before the festival kicks off at 11:00 a.m.

Hometown Halloween Parade

Dress up in your best costume and join the Arts Council of Princeton for the Annual Hometown Halloween Parade on Friday, Oct. 27. The fun begins at 5:15 p.m. on Palmer Square before the parade makes its way through downtown Princeton and ends at the Princeton YMCA. The parade will leave Palmer Square Green promptly at 5:45 p.m. The festivities continue at the YMCA with trunk or treat and more family-friendly activities.

Halloween Cuties by Joyce Wan

Celebrate Halloween with this adorable and sturdy board book featuring not-so-spooky cuties. As an extra bonus, author and illustrator, Joyce Wan, will be attending the Princeton Children’s Book Festival on Oct. 7, where you can meet her and check out more of her super cute books for little ones.

It’s Fall! By Renée Kurilla

This new picture book is a welcome addition to books celebrating all the reasons to love the season of autumn. From piles of leaves, to warm fuzzy scarves, to pumpkins and apples, to Halloween and Thanksgiving, there’s so much to love! With warm and glowing illustrations, this book prompts readers to savor all their favorite fall things.

Babies Laugh At Everything by Dr. Casper Addyman

Is there anything better in this world than the sound of a baby’s laughter? This interactive new board book has delightful illustrations with buttons to press for giggly sounds that will surely make your own baby laugh out loud. 

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