Our experienced children’s librarians offer a variety of services and resources. Here are some guides and resources for helping preschool children at different stages in their early learning.
- Preschool outreach
- Our outreach librarians can come to your centre or group — find out more about the services we offer.
- Books for Babies
- Introduce baby to books, stories and libraries as early as you can with our Books for Babies scheme.
- Learning parties / He whakangahau kōrero
- If you have a four–year–old, attending or hosting a learning party can help them get ready for school. Learning parties are a new service and complement our Ready for Reading packs that are given to all children at four.
- Digital Storytelling Sessions / He wā Kōrero Pakiwaitara Mamati
- We provide practical hands on professional development for early childhood centre and library staff.
Resources to encourage young readers
- Action rhymes for baby
- Can’t make it to BabyTimes this week — why not try it at home? Here are some of our favourite action rhymes to use at home.
- Get ready for reading
- Activities to help develop the skills that lead to reading.
- Build literacy skills at home
- Tips for supporting your child’s reading development.
- Children’s picture books that teach mathematics concepts
- Use these fun books to support maths learning.
- Science picture books for children
- Picture books that introduce scientific concepts.
- Dialogic reading
- In dialogic reading the adult helps the child become the teller of the story. The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, an audience for the child.
- Starting school
- Some resources to help you choose a school for your child and get them ready to start school.