Parents across Essex are being urged to make the most of libraries with their children from an early age.
10 Things To Do Before You’re Five lists out the key steps to getting youngsters excited about reading.
The ten library things to do before you’re 5 are…
1.Join the library – either in person or online
2.Choose your first book to borrow
3.Come to a Baby and Toddler Rhymetime – a great way to introduce children to the library, help with their language and communication development and give parents a chance to meet and chat with each other.
4.Borrow a starting school bag or book – a great way to introduce starting school
5.Read with Me Under a Tree – reading doesn’t have to be an indoor activity, if the weather is nice why not get outside in your local green space. A list of books and themed activity sheets – including Stick Man, Mad About Minibeasts, Superworm and Welly Walks – are also available online, so families can take their story times into the garden or a local green space.
6.Collect your free Bookstart Baby Pack from your health visitor – full of great books and tips on sharing books with your baby.
7.Find a book to help with a new experience – we have books that can help with moving house, going on a sleepover or getting a new brother or sister.
8.Collect your free Bookstart Treasure Pack from your child’s pre-school, which includes a book plus tips and ideas on reading together.
9.Borrow 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 – running in all Essex Libraries every summer. Children of all ages can take part and younger children can take part by sharing a story with a grown-up or older sibling. There is a special collector card and stickers for under threes.