Reading and your baby and toddler

Baby Bounce and Under 5s

Join in our lively and friendly rhyme, song and story sessions for babies and older pre-schoolers – they’re great for discovering just how fun reading can be! Your toddler can enjoy some great storytelling and join in singing songs. It’s a great way to develop your child’s reading before they go to school! Find out where and when they are by clicking here

Want to find out how to share books with your baby or toddler? How about learning some nursery rhymes too? Click on the links for Tips and Rhymes to find out more.

Toy LibrariesToyLib

The right toy can help grow your child’s imagination, skills and confidence. We have three toy libraries where you can borrow toys for free! Find out more here .

Baby’s First Ticket

Library Baby Membership card_Page_1If you live in Islington, pick up pack with your baby’s very first library ticket when you register their birth. It comes with tips on the value of reading, ideas for books, a free black and white high-contrast booklet your new-born will love and details of our rhyme times.

Dual Language Books for Families Where Other Languages Are Spoken at Home

If you speak another language as well as English at home with your child, our libraries have collections of at least 5 of the main languages in your area. These are picture books and board books with the text in English and another language. This is a great way to share stories together and to connect your child with their cultural heritage plus to improve their reading in English. See what we have where on this list.


Bookstart encourages parents to enjoy books with your child from as early an age as possible by gifting free books to all children at two key ages before they start school, to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life. Bookstart gifts free book packs to every child in England.

Find out more about how to collect your free Bookstart packs here! We have a few spare ones in the library if you missed out on yours.

Bath, Book, Bed

Sweet dreams start with a simple routine…..Bath, Book, Bed is all about developing a regular nightly bedtime routine, which we know is associated with improved sleep in young children – and, of course, there’s nothing better than snuggling up to share a soothing bedtime story. Get some expert advice and top tips to help your little ones drift off into the land of nod. Featuring top tips from parenting guru Jo Frost, and sage advice from another very special parenting ‘expert’…

Pick up your leaflet from your library from 24 April

Top Reads

Discover the best books out there. There’s bound to be some just right for you and your child! Make reading to your baby or toddler part of their bedtime routine.  Check our online catalogue. Don’t forget to collect your free  packs too!

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