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Babies and toddlers

Introducing children to books and other resources at an early age can have a big impact on their development.

At all of our libraries, you will find a wealth of picture books which they will love. We even have board books especially designed for little hands to hold.

Baby and Toddler Rhymetimes

Baby and toddler sessions run in all Essex libraries and offer a great opportunity for you and your child to share rhymes, have fun together and join in with other families. To find your nearest session, search for events in your local library.

Some libraries have volunteering opportunities to help with baby and toddler times.

Family reading activities

Ideas to extend the fun of your child's favourite story and recommended reads that include ideas for outside activities.

Parent information

Sign up for our parents' e-newsletter, which is produced three times a year, to keep up to date with all our latest news. 

Find out more about books to support parents and carers dealing with those challenging issues associated with bringing up children.


You should receive the Bookstart Baby pack via your health visitor before your baby is a year old. You should receive the Treasure Pack via their nursery, children’s centre or other early years setting when your child is 3-4 years old. If you prefer you can collect either pack from your local library.

Visit the Bookstart website to find out more about the Bookstart project and take part in lots of fun activities.

10 Library Things to do before you are five

Looking for ideas for things to do with your pre-school child? We’ve put together a checklist of 10 Library Things to do – have a look today and see how many you can check off.