Books for babies

Each year we deliver about 5,000 Books for Babies packs to parents and babies through hospitals, midwives and the Homebirth Association. The pack contains a high-contrast black and white board book — perfect for very young babies up to about six months.

The Books for Babies pack includes a board book. Baby’s World is the first New Zealand black and white, high contrast board book. It was published by Penguin Books (NZ) in 2000, originally as a cloth book. A board book edition was produced especially for the Books for Babies Project. Other Baby's World titles are now distributed. 

Do babies enjoy the book?

Connor enjoys his 'Baby's world' board book
Connor enjoying his Baby’s world board book

This is what Connor’s parents said:

Baby’s world has been a wonderful visual development tool for the first three months of Connor’s life. It has been very gratifying to see him respond to the pictures, even in first few weeks from birth. He loves it!


Photos from the 20th birthday celebration of the Books for Babies scheme, held at Central Library, 7 February 2011.

Books for Babies 20th celebration


Books for Babies packs are a gift to you and your baby from Christchurch City Libraries. We are grateful for those who have given support to this programme, including:

  • Penguin Books NZ
  • Mrs E. Mars and Miss G. O’Connor
  • Friends of the Library
  • Kiwanis Club of Waimairi
  • Friends, volunteers, midwives and hospital staff who deliver the pack to parents and babies
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