Visiting libraries with your baby or toddler is a great way to improve their social and communication skills. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to bond with them by sharing stories and rhymes. We’ve come up with 10 library things to do for babies and toddlers.
1 - Join the library
2 - Choose your first book to borrow
With hundreds of board books and picture books for your little one to choose from it’s easy to build storytime into every day. You can borrow up to 14 items at a time so you’ll always have a good book to share from breakfast to bedtime.
3 - Come to a Baby and Toddler Rhymetime
Baby and Toddler Rhymetimes happen in libraries right across the county. They’re a great way to introduce children to the library and help develop language and communication skills. They also give parents a chance to meet and chat with each other. Find a Baby and Toddler Rhymetime session near you.
4 - Borrow a starting school bag or book
Starting school can be a daunting experience but sharing a story is a great way to help. Borrowing our starting school bags or buying a starting school book pack is a great way to prepare. Check out our Starting School booklist for more ideas.
5 - Read With Me Under a Tree
Reading doesn’t have to be an indoor activity. Why not read in your garden, local park or outdoor community space? Take a book on an adventure with these family reading activities.
6 - Collect your free Bookstart Baby pack
You should have received your free Bookstart Baby pack from your Registrar when you registered your baby. If you didn’t you can pick one up from your local library. The pack contains two great books, rhymes to sing together and tips on sharing books with your baby.
7 - Find a book to help with a new experience
If your under 5 is about to experience something new, such as moving house, going on a sleepover or welcoming a new brother or sister, we have books that can help them. There are a variety of booklists to help you on your parenting journey.
8 - Collect your free Bookstart Treasure pack
When your child is 3 they should receive a free Bookstart Treasure pack from their pre-school. If they don’t you can pick one up from your local library. The pack contains a free book and tips on sharing books with your pre-schooler.
9 - Try a recommended read
If you need some ideas of books to share with your child check out our regularly updated recommended reads.
10 - Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children of all ages to read and runs every summer in all Essex libraries. Younger children can join in too by sharing a story with a grown-up or older sibling.
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