Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers love songs and stories so can really benefit from using the library.
Books for Babies
By bringing your baby to the library, you will be exposing them to a variety of new experiences, sights and sounds. Joining the library is free and you and your baby can borrow up to 8 items straight away. We offer a huge variety of books and materials for babies including; board books, noisy books, tactile and interactive books, as well as music cds. Books for babies are small enough to be handled by little fingers, yet strong enough to withstand bumps and the occasional bite!
Show your baby how a book works; how to turn the pages and 'read' from left to right. Your baby will love to look at the bright and colourful illustrations and point at the shapes that they recognise. By surrounding your baby with books from an early age, they will see books as toys and want to return to them often. You can show your growing child that reading is both good fun and a vital life skill by reading yourself at home. Teach your baby that words are everywhere by pointing out and saying aloud the words that are all around you e.g. on food labels, road signs and shop windows.
Wiggle and Giggle
Birmingham Libraries are inclusive, child-friendly spaces for you and your baby to explore. Many libraries offer events for children including story times, craft sessions and author visits throughout the year. Attending library events and meeting other families allows young children to express themselves in new ways; developing early social skills, numeracy and literacy. Under 5s activities in libraries are a great way of introducing your baby to other children and meeting other adults just like you.
Time for a Rhyme
Nursery rhymes and traditional songs are some of the very first stories we share with young children. The rhythm and pulse of a nursery rhyme helps babies learn how language works, predicting words and what comes next. Singing songs can really boost a child's speech and language development, as well as introducing early literacy and numeracy. By regularly singing nursery rhymes, your baby will quickly learn and start to repeat song words, increasing their vocabulary and developing their imagination. Libraries have a wide selection of nursery rhymes, action rhymes and counting rhymes in books and on cd for you to borrow and enjoy with your baby.
Rhythm and Rhyme
Rhythm and Rhyme sessions are taking place at libraries across Birmingham, where babies and toddlers can bring their carers along for some musical fun! Clapping, stamping and simply moving in time with the rhythm, helps to develop your baby's co-ordination and self-esteem. Singing nursery rhymes together develops your child's social skills and introduces the basic rules of turn-taking and conversation. Over time, your baby will recognise familiar rhymes and try to copy the sounds that they hear. Using instruments that even the smallest hands can grasp and shake with confidence, babies can begin to identify the pulse and rhythm of language.