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What does the Library have for my preschooler?
Board books - Books with tough cardboard pages and covers, made to be explored safely by babies and young children. We select titles that appeal to children, with bright pictures and a variety of amounts of text.
Picture books - Our picture books are a very special part of the Library collection. Here you’ll find classics and new titles, organised alphabetically by author. Author and illustrator Barbara Cooney says that “a picture book is like a necklace with the illustrations being the jewels and the text is the string that holds them all together”. [Barbara Cooney, National Library]
Children’s Music CDs - These are free to borrow and include popular Children’s musicians and music to sing and dance to.
Black and white books for babies - When a baby is born, their eyesight is still developing and black and white books with simple lines and bold patterns are easier for babies to see. The contrast between the light and dark images stand out and help the baby focus on the image. In the first 3 months, babies can focus on objects that are closer to them, so it’s important that you hold the book so that they can see the images. You can help by talking to your baby about the pictures, because it’s never too early to start reading to your child. Find these books in the catalogue.
ReadNZ share many resources for New Zealanders, so we've collated some of the best ones for preschoolers.
The following are some great digital storytime resources (for once you've worked your way through all of the Waimakariri Libraries' digital preschool sessions!):
Some more spectacular digital storytimes include those being read from....... space!
Does your child love looking at the stars? Or do they dream of being an astronaut? On this website you will find stories about space, read by astronauts on the International Space Station! While they are in space, they are recording themselves, reading stories to the children on Earth!
Plunket has compiled a series of booklets for different age groups, under 'Fun activities for whānau at home'.
Tumblebooks has hundreds of animated picture books to listen to or read along with on your device.
Story Box Library is a wonderful resource available for access with your library card. Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers at home, as well as in the library.
Librarian Sally reviews several of these stories and has her top recommendations for you. Both her most recent and past reviews can be found here, and below are a handful of titles as exemplars of what wonderful books StoryBox has to offer.
The Sloth Who Came To Stay by Margaret Wild
Is your family a very busy one? If so, this is the story for you, Amy’s family are always rushing off somewhere and sometimes she finds it a bit overwhelming. When a sloth, who likes to take things VERY slowly, comes to stay, Amy and her family need to slow down and they find that they quite like the new approach.
Moonwalkers by Mark Greenwood
This book really celebrates the importance of imagination for a child. When Apollo 11 blasts off everyone watches and it inspires some children to imagine how it would be to walk on the moon too. The reader of this story is a young adult and he is reading it at the Melbourne Observatory, which would really fire up any potential astronauts.
Family Hugs by Michael Wagner
I think hugs are very important things and this story demonstrates that, while also looking at all the different types of family there are in our world. A lovely way of introducing differences to your child.
All the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell
When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else - cars, planes, cranes, trains - anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors - but will he be able to bring his mum around?
Last Tree in the City by Peter Carnavas
This is a thought provoking story about a little boy who lives in a grey colourless city and finds a lot of joy in the last tree to grow there. It is read by the author, who conveys the feelings of a small boy when things seem too big to fix on your own. A gentle and beautifully illustrated story about the environment and why it matters to us all.